IAC Grants Due Today

So here’s my application. Got everything together, and about to seal it up and walk it over to the IAC Office.

I’m a first time applicant. :)

The IAC Office happens to be inside the Thompson Center. This is a stone’s throw away from where I work, so instead of mailing my submission… I figured I’d just drop it off in person.

But… in order to get up to the 10th floor, you have to go in through the service entrance.

And actually… I almost made the mistake of getting on the service escalator. When I turned the corner, there was some guy just standing there, guarding the elevator. And another guy came around to tell me I needed to go use the main elevators. Security.

Before going in, I had to show an ID, and sign myself in. Got a fancy ID badge and everything.

The inside of the Thompson Center is pretty incredible. Symmetrical like all get-out (and I’m a sucker for symmetry). To be honest, I was so nervous/excited about dropping off my grant application that I didn’t even have time to freak out about the height.

One of these days, I’ll have to take a few pics from the ground floor. Massive place, and just really cool looking.

Aaaaand… done! I asked the lady at the IAC if I could take her picture (she went back and forth a while, and decided against it). But she let me take a pic of my grant application being turned in.

While I was at the Thompson Center, I ended up in synch with Gabe: the two of us were both signing in and travelling up to the 10th floor at the same time. If memory serves, Gabe was applying for an “Interdisciplinary” grant. Although, from his expression, he seemed to have a strong dislike for the name of that category. I didn’t get to talk with him long enough to determine what he enjoyed creating, but I did pass along the link to this blog.

On the way back to work (and for a solid hour afterwards), I was in a terrific mood. Something about putting my work out, and simply submitting it feels… really good.

Too easily it seems, I let myself get all wrapped up with work. I’m around computers and tech folks so much that I find myself totally immsersed in that world. And don’t get me wrong – I love it there. I’m a geek through and through. But the writing side of things has suffered as a result, and this whole grant process is a nice reminder where I should be focusing my energies.

Big thanks to Matt Z, who continually kicks my ass about writing.

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