I’m in Wichita for some church-related meetings, which were very good and are now complete. If I had been among the better informed, I could have / would have gone home this afternoon. But since I’m caught with an evening to myself, I decided to venture out on foot to find some food. I must admit the comfort and quiet of my 18th-floor room appealed a little more than a potential adventure, but the lure of the unknown won me over. Downstairs, I asked the concierge if there might be food in walking distance.
“Do you want fine dining or fast food?”
Since the yearly meeting is paying my expenses, “fast food.”
“Four blocks that way you’ll find Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Subway, and Spangles.” OK, thanks!
Not even a glimmer of concern inspired my asking if it was safe for a late-60s woman to walk there alone.
So off I went on my adventure, knowing full well I would not be eating at Wendy’s, McDonald’s, or Subway.
I was in for a treat!
Breaking my rule to not post blurry pictures. But can you blame me for this one? Surely you’d do the same.
It isn’t as though we weren’t fed at the meetings. The food was actually quite wonderful and plentiful! But when ordering at Spangles you choose the specialty. I’m sure the brisk walk will balance out the calorie intake. Ahem.
Back at the hotel I stopped to chat with this young woman.
You’ll notice her unusual attire. All weekend we’ve shared the conference venue with people of every age, size, and costume. Curiosity usually caused at least some sideways glances as we passed them in the hallway. But this sweet young woman looked ready to answer some of my questions. And she did. I learned she’s here for the Emerald City Steampunk Expo. Ever hear of steampunk? This lass did her best to explain it to me, but of course I had “steampunk, steampunk, steampunk…” on a loop in my brain so I could store it long enough to get back to the 18th floor to google it myself. Here’s the best definition I found. It isn’t scary; go look.
Two more women came along and agreed to pose for my camera. This last one gave me her business card!
See what I might have missed if I had chosen TV? Lesson learned. And tomorrow I won’t be in Kansas anymore.