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When Planning Your Vacation...
Some hapless production staffer at Fox 59 News made my morning, really he did.

I paraphrase:

"Indianapolis," says co-anchor Angela Ganote as I watch this morning while putting on my shoes, "has hired a PR firm from New York to 'help build the city's national and international image." [Insert downtown shots and quote from tourism bureau director here.]

"When residents of Chicago, Detroit, and Louisville were polled asking if they planned to vacation in Indianapolis within the next year, they said..." she continues, while the screen shows graphics of... a bullet-pointed list: "Cancel Your HBO, Update your Car Insurance, and Rid Yourself of Unwanted E-mail*."

Presumably the things that they thought were more important (or fun) than vacationing in Indianapolis.

Cut to Cody Stark absolutely cracking up, head buried in his hands. Back to Angela, who twitches the corner of a smirk but then picks it up smoothly enough, while maeyan and I are too gone into hysterics ourselves to catch the actual poll results.


*This is maeyan's memory of the last item; I suspect it may be a misremember based on that being the next feature story, but I'll take what I can get, since I can't remember it myself. (Oh, and I was right, maeyan -- former sports director, and weatherman.)


2003-04-29 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


Oh, my.

I don't suppose I should tell these poor consultants that when growing up on the south side, we called it Indian-no-place...

The Children's Museum is pretty cool. So's the new Indiana State Museum. Some of the downtown theater productions are way cool. And some of the state parks are pretty nifty. But a major tourist destination, Indy is not.


2003-04-29 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

No, it certainly isn't.

They could always come to see the new express monorail that runs from Methodist Hospital down to Riley's. That's actually pretty cool.

Mind you that would take five minutes and then they'd have to get back into traffic and thus in my way and I'd have to kill them all and really, it'd be a bad day for all concerned.

I actually haven't seen the new State Museum yet, at least not from the inside. Possibly because I work pretty much the same hours as its staffers, since we're all state employees. At least we'll pretend that's why, and not because I'm culturally depraved.


2003-04-29 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, if you get the opportunity to go to the recreated L.S.Ayres tearoom restaurant at the museum, do it. The chicken velvet soup is really wonderful. Oh, but you might need reservations.

There's supposedly a good coffee shop that serves Greek salads and stuff... one is near the IUPUI campus, the other is somewhere else downtownish, they're called The Abbey and my Mom swears by them.

Hmmm. What else is cool about Indy? Oh, there's a tiny, tiny cabaret restaurant in Boggstown, south of town. Crazy hokey corny participatory fun.

I'd rather vacate in Indianapolis


2003-04-29 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Rather than in backwoods Virginia. Whence I am headed tomorrow.

You know you're in for trouble when you ask, "Where is this college of yours?" and the answer is, "Well, you know the film 'Deliverance'? It was filmed in the same county."

I hear banjos, I'm running the whole way back to CA.

Re: I'd rather vacate in Indianapolis


2003-05-01 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Poor Sheepy! Don't get lost in the swamps!