05.02.2013 - 05.02.2013
Thursday was mostly a full day of class for me. I met Mike for lunch at Ram Brewery then finished up with classes around 3p or so. He took some pictures of the area around our hotel and where my classes are held.
When I was done, we hopped into a cab and headed over to the Eiteljorg Museum.
It just so happens that while we were in Indy this week, the museum was hosting a temporary exhibition of over 100 guitars played by musical icons. We didn't have long to see the exhibit so we had to rush through a bit.
They had a couple of guitars set up for guests to play themselves.
These guitars show the progression of acoustics over the years.
A pan dobro guitar:
Stevie Ray Vaughan's fender strat and Lowell Fulson's hollow body acoustic guitar:
Buddy Holly's guitar:
After the museum, we walked over to White River State Park where we saw this interesting sculpture called The Tent. The Tent is a wind-activated sculpture that pays tribute to community and volunteer spirit.
I wanted to take a walk down the canal which I envisioned to be like the Riverwalk in San Antonio. My vision was a little off. It's a nice canal but there are no restaurants or cafes or any place to stop and have a drink. It's more like a jogging route.
Finally, it was dinnertime and tonight we went to the Libertine Liquor Bar.
The Libertine is not the kind of place to order a beer or a plain rum and Coke. Only proper cocktails are served.
For dinner, we had a few tapas. We started with some pork belly tacos.
And my favorite, three kinds of deviled eggs - with caviar, sriracha sauce, and horseradish.
And Mike made a special request for the last plate. He asked for some roe with toasted bread and garlic butter. The chef happily obliged.
We decided to walk back to the hotel and on the way, we saw a few interesting sights. There were lots of beggars in downtown Indy but this guy was the most honest one we saw. His sign said, "Why Lie It' For Gin" [sic].
In Texas, the Miller Lite girls make the rounds at the bars to promote their beer. Apparently in Indy, Miller Lite takes it to a higher level. Since we've probably bought and paid for this car with the amount of money we've contributed to Miller Lite over the years, they were happy to let Mike pose for a photo or two.
On our way back from dinner, Mike had seen the horse and buggies riding around the city and we had arranged for one to pick us up for a ride of our own. What I thought would be a nice, romantic ride through town didn't turn out as such. The driver kept yammering on and on and the traffic noise was so loud it was hard to enjoy the ride. It was nice just the same but not what I had envisioned (again).
Our final stop for the evening was to listen to some tunes at the Slippery Noodle Inn. A great band called Pennycuff was playing there.
We made it to bed pretty late and I had one more day of classes on Friday. We flew home on Friday evening after an unexpected great few days in downtown Indianapolis.