Today I went downtown for an interview with Susan from the MIX. Because I'm not so much a morning person, I turned off my alarm and promptly fell back asleep. Unfortunately, because of that, I missed the train and had to drive downtown. No problem. I just stopped by the bank, took out a second mortgage so I could pay for parking and headed into the city.
I hate driving in the city because I can't stand inching along in traffic, I don't understand all the one-way streets, and I have a habit of getting lost. A lot. I hadn't looked up directions ahead of time because I was planning on taking the train, so I turned on my GPS and it worked like a charm until I got in the Loop at which point it started going all bonkers.
"In 2.7 miles, turn left on Michigan Ave."
OK, looking for Michigan Ave
"In 4.6 miles, turn left on Michigan Ave."
How did Michigan Ave. suddenly get farther away???
"Find the nearest road."
I'm ON the nearest road!!!
"In .5 miles, turn left on Michigan Ave."
OK, there we go, Michigan Ave. must be coming up soon
"In 4.3 miles, turn left on Michigan Ave.
What??? Now it's 4.3 miles???
"Off course. Recalculating."
Recalculating? Yeah, you do that!
"in 800 yards, turn right."
Right? I'm supposed to turn right now???
"In 680 yards, turn left on Michigan Ave."
Now we're back to Michigan Ave???
I took the GPS and chucked it out the window.
Amazingly, I made it downtown, found a garage, and headed to the Prudential building where WTMX is located. You know that diamond shaped building featured in Adventures in Babysitting? Across from the library? The Prudential Building?
Yeah, that building there. I walked in and told the gentleman at the front desk that I had an appointment with Susan at the MIX.
He said, "Who? Where?"
I repeated it for him. He looked at me like I'd just stepped off a bus from the middle of Kansas and had never seen a city before.
"Isn't this 130 E. Randolph?" I inquired.
"No, that's the Prudential building!" he said as if I was completely daft.
"You mean, this ISN'T the Prudential building?" I asked just to confirm his suspicions that I was indeed daft.
"That's across the street!" He pointed out the window. I followed his gaze and lo and behold right across the street was a building with a big sign that read "PRUDENTIAL". Yeah, note to self: read the signs on the buildings!
I signed in at the real Prudential building and was directed to the elevators. "The MIX is on the 27th floor," the gentleman directed me.
I walked over to a bank of elevators, got in, and noticed that they only went to the 15th floor. I pushed 15 and thought maybe there were elevators that went up higher from that point. Nope. I went back down and asked someone how to get to the 27th floor.
She gave me the same "You're An Idiot" look that the guy in the other building had given me and then she pointed out that there were 3 separate banks of elevators and each section was labeled with the floors they went to. Who knew?
So, I did my interview with Susan who was lovely and nice and I think it went fairly well. You can catch it on Mix Matters this Sunday at 7:00 AM on the Mix 101.9. I believe you can listen to it live Sunday morning by going HERE and clicking on the tab labeled "listen live".
When I was done with the interview, I walked across the river to the PR agency that's working with me where I met a nice, interesting guy named Frank who taught me a few things about handling media appearances. That was a fun and informative meeting. He even had coffee waiting for me which was really nice considering my legs had gone completely numb by the time I got there. Crazy weather. It was 60 degrees a couple days ago and only 20 today.
I was a couple days too early to see the river dyed green for St. Patrick's Day.
The Tribune Tower - a bad picture of one of the coolest looking buildings in the city.
The ginormous American Gothic statue
When I left the city, my GPS was still doing that funky thing so I ended up at Navy Pier. I guess only folks from Chicago would understand that only an idiot could leave Ontario and manage to get to Navy Pier before hitting 90. Then I took a fun-filled drive on Lower Wacker. This really shouldn't surprise anyone though. In fact, when I walked out of both the office at the MIX and the PR agency, I got turned around and started going down the wrong hallway. Yep, that's me.
Tomorrow I'm not doing anything but playing with the kids until I have to leave for the play I'm in. I've been too busy lately.