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Elements: Air

Walking through an artscape airport.

There are better times to visit Indiana than a heatwave in summer (Autumn is lovely, so is spring, and when the Indiana State Fair is going on, I don’t care about the weather). The air is hot and heavy, filled with water.

However, family trumps weather sometimes, and I did manage to see some interesting things besides driving back and forth to Indianapolis. Some of the cattle farms I remember have now turned to horse farms, and the towns have stayed much the same if a little emptier from loss of automobile manufacturers. If I had time, I’d go back to Indianapolis, go to the museums, and check out the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

¬†Indianapolis Airport is different from what I remember from childhood (different place, even). And what is truly wonderful is the effort that has been made to introduce art into the airport. Feather images have been brushed onto divider windows. “Stained” art has been installed in exterior windows. It’s all rather like walking through a fairytale of blocks of yellow, red, and purple. The art is called “Streaming”. It’s from the Indiana Windows project from 2007 done by Martin Donlin. He’s managed to take the airiness of the airport and capture it with acid-etched and airbrushed hand-blown glass. I saw at least three of the larger stained glass pieces in the wing of the airport I was in.

Stealth Elevators

I suppose, like the elevators that show up when no one’s called them, there are automatic toilets that flush when no one’s there. So, while I’m blissfully asleep, somewhen in the night a toilet in Dulles International Airport flushes, and no one is there to be startled. Interesting… and yet I won’t waste my time thinking about it.

Note: the escalators in the Zurich Airport sit silent until someone’s ankles break a beam of light, and then suddenly the escalator is running full steam ahead. Yes, I agree this saves energy and is very ingenious. But I think the rest of the world should be forearmed with this knowledge before they have to negotiate the down escalator with too much luggage. A bit down on technology today. My car is currently cannot go forward, backward, or sideways. I fondly call it the largest paperweight in the world.

oh-mi-gawd AM

His Most Serene Fluffybutt enjoying the sun porch

His Most Serene and Annoying Fluffybutt

This morning I got up at “oh-mi-gawd” hour to drive the Gardener to the airport. Like it always is at oh-mi-gawd hour, it was dark. No one else on the block was up. Even the construction workers hadn’t arrived to disturb the peace.

With regulations for how early check in is at the airport and the time security takes …. it wound up being 6 AM when I got behind the wheel, somewhat caffeinated. I spent most of the drive thinking, “I can’t believe they allow people to DRIVE this early at these speeds!” Like any other portion of the US near an airport, the highway was filled with trucks delivering fish/flowers/what have you to go on the airline with your luggage. There were also cars trying to break the sound barrier and thread the needle between the trucks. (I actually suspect that bad drivers are a worse hazard to national security than anything else, since they’re the thoughtless source of much fright for drivers.)

Once getting back in my home office before 8:00 AM, I was greeted by evidence of catly displeasure (otherwise known as, “hairball on the stairs”). Lucky for the probable culprit, he’s cute. See above (yes, it’s a rehash photo because the camera isn’t available).

Note: there are higher odds of seeing a juvenile peregrine falcon land in your backyard, near the birdfeeder*, when you do not have a camera. We’ve also had high winds (and some tree limbs down), with amazing shadows and bright lighting for flowers.

I regret not having any pictures, but most of the day has been eaten by a revision.

*So, I wonder if he was looking for takeout?

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