Postcard from the
- Part One
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The 2005 IPMS Nationals will open tomorrow at the Galleria Convention
Center in Atlanta Georgia.
My long journey from Sydney started on Monday night. After delays
before take-off, the Qantas 747 delivered me to a cool, grey-veiled
Los Angeles evening 20 hours later. Thanks to the International Date
Line, I was actually in the USA several hours before I had
left Sydney - at least according to my watch.
My Delta flight to Atlanta departed LA at 9:30 the following
morning. Even before we had left the tarmac there was another delay.
Our 767 was taxiing to the end of the runway when, bang! The
plane skidded to a sudden dead stop, accompanied by the sound of
baggage in overhead lockers colliding with bulkheads and the short
but startled cries of passengers as we lurched forward in our seats.
"This is your Captain speaking", came the smooth explanation a few
moments later, "You might have noticed that American (an American
Airlines 767) just crossed in front of us. We thought it would be
better to stop than to...". The skipper apparently decided that we
could figure out what the alternative was ourselves. Most of the
passengers looked around and laughed, some nervously, and we were on
More than 36 hours after stepping onto the Qantas Jumbo in Sydney, I
was finally ensconced in my Atlanta hotel room.
Preparation for the journey, though, had not been without its
hiccups. Late Sunday night, while readying my notebook computer for
the trip, the screen died. Just the faintest black on black
impression remained on display. After juggling various possibilities
- taking the computer for emergency repair, renting a computer for
the trip, burning all data onto a DVD and begging for something to
work on once I got to the show - I eventually decided to pack a 15"
flat screen monitor and hope that it would survive the tender
mercies of international baggage handlers. Remarkably, it did. Now,
if it can endure my driving on the wrong side of the road for a few
days after the Nats, I will have a reasonable chance of continuing
to post a daily online report!
HyperScale's Atlanta branch
office, complete with a well-traveled TFT monitor!
Once I had dropped my bags in the room, I took a walk to get a feel
for the lie of the land. The early evening air was warm and heavy.
Cicadas chirruped noisily, hidden in strips of trees that had
escaped the concrete here and there. Their song was briefly drowned
out by a grey C-130J Hercules banking low in the grey sky.
The Galleria is set off the side of a highway, near widely spaced
carparks, a spate of hotels and retail outlets. The forecourt and
the building are empty now, with only a single small sign behind
locked glass doors showing the way to the venue. Tomorrow it will be
a different story.
I wrapped up my travels for the day by exploring the shopping mall
located behind my hotel. Curiously, the mall seems to have around
ten shoe stores. The car might be king here in the USA, but that is
clearly no reason for their drivers not to be well shod.
Along with many others, I look forward to stepping into the busy
Galleria Convention Centre tomorrow at the opening of the IPMS USA
HyperScale will bring you daily reports from the Atlanta
Nationals, with a special emphasis on new and forthcoming releases.
Keep in touch with news at the Nationals
via daily updates on HyperScale.
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