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Motivate This! (or My Morning Commute)

What I THOUGHT my commute this morning would be like. Not so much.

What I THOUGHT my commute this morning would be like. Not so much.

Last week, our office was sent an email similar to this article in the Hartford Courant (and four others similar to it):

HARTFORD— – Commuters, be warned: Wednesday morning’s commute into downtown Hartford is expected to be a nightmare.

The reason? GET MOTIVATED, a motivational seminar featuring Rudy Giuliani, Laura Bush, General Colin Powell, Joe Montana and a host of others being held at the XL Center today from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (doors opened at 6:45 this morning). The seminar was a sellout to 19,000 folks who were anticipated to clog the highways into Downtown. Apparently, city and state officials were meeting with event planners to cut down on potential traffic and parking problems including setting up extra commuter lots at Rentschler Field and the North Meadows (and charging $5 a car…not cool for those of us who already pay for monthly parking in the Beat), encouraging carpools, working from home, etc. (more…)

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It’s About Freaking Time: CT Science Center Opening

the fancy giant lcd was broken out for the grand pre-opening

the fancy giant lcd was broken out for the grand pre-opening

There’s a new kid in town and it’s about time. The Connecticut Science Center’s long-awaited opening is slated to happen this Friday, June 12, at 1p.m. Their gala grand pre-opening occurred two weeks ago, and a soft opening for premier level members was held last weekend. However, for us regular schmoes, it’s this Friday, complete with ribbon cutting ceremony and other activities and entertainment. (more…)

Looking at the Hartbeat with New (but Still Slanted) Eyes

I haven’t worked in downtown Hartford since college when I was the coffee lackey for a big law firm in City Place, an actuarial intern (what a joke) at one of the many insurance companies, and a junior paralegal in the basement of a tiny law firm.  (I have, however, worked more recently at a shelter in the North End, off of Albany Avenue, where the good shootings happen and drug dealers would wave to me on my way to work.)

This week, I returned to downtown…complete with a 10 minute walk past the XL Center from the parking lot to my new office (yet another non-profit, of course). This move to downtown employment has made me see Hartford in a whole new light (the daylight, that is). (more…)