I considered taking the train, and even looked at the train schedule and consulted Matt about the location of the train station, the meeting, and the complexity of the navigation in between the two.
In the end, I decided to drive because I figured that at least if/when I got lost I’d be sitting in my warm car instead of wandering around in the cold, windy air.
I am all about comfort.
However, I was still a bit of a nervous wreck because if there is one thing I hate, it’s driving in the city.
I prefer driving in the suburbs.
With light to moderate traffic.
And no adverse weather conditions.
The meeting was at 1:00, and just 18 miles from my office. Naturally, I left at 11:15, automatically factoring in an extra hour or so for the lovely combo of traffic and mistakes.
Much to my delight, I made it to the city and parked in a Philadelphia Parking Authority garage with no trouble at all. The meeting went even better than expected, and I walked out of that office building feeling like I was on top of the world.
Unfortunately, things took a turn about ten minutes later when I realized the parking garage was undergoing major construction and the lanes were all mixed up. I pulled out of my spot and promptly misinterpreted the lane to which the “EXIT” sign was pointing, and wound up driving the wrong way in a one way parking garage.
People were honking at me. And flashing their lights. And I just wanted to scream “I KNOW. I REALIZE THAT I AM DRIVING THE WRONG DIRECTION.”
Eventually, and I do meant EVENTUALLY, I turned myself around. It took a little while and a lot of maneuvering because the parking spaces were slanted so that they were aimed at people driving the correct way.
I was never more thankful for my tiny Ford Focus and my sweet steering wheel agility.
Last night I got an email about the next meeting.
It’s scheduled for May, so I guess I better buy my train ticket.
(P.S. The meeting was in the same building as this one was a few years ago. I am happy to report that I did not have any trouble with the elevators this time around.)