Okay, that's my mini rant for today.....in the over scheme of things it's a small glitch, and no one was upset that we were 10 minutes late. One thing IMS Guest Services does do consistently is to have more people on duty than are needed at any time so we are never overwhelmed, but we usually have a lot of people standing around doing nothing.
The day started out overcast, and quite chilly. People started arriving before 7 am to enter the infield, however, the gates did not open until 8 am, so we were turning away cars by the hundreds. At 8 am sharp the sky fell......traffic on 16th Street was back up 3 lanes wide to the east as far as the eye could see, and that did not let up for 6 hours. My first shift on the line ran from 5:45 am to 7 am. When I came back on at 8 am I didn't leave my post until almost 12:30 pm.....same for TLE, and for all our co-workers. The amazing thing is it didn't seem like that long.
As it began to let up we started taking short breaks to get water, eat something lasting about 15 minutes here and there.
At last, around 3:30 people and cars began to stream out of the infield area, and, apparently they must have drained a small brewery because that is what the crowd smelled like as they walked, staggered, bobbed, and weaved out of the facility. By 4 pm traffic east and west on 16th Street was grid locked. I wish I had time to take a few pictures of the area from the same vantage point as the above pictures.......you could not have seen the street for all the cars and people. Public intoxication was the rule, not the exception. I am still stunned by what I witnessed. We were supposed to get off at 4, but were not dismissed until just after 6.
We got our first pay checks on Friday when we clocked out, and arrived back home just before 7 pm.
What a crazy, busy day........two days to go....Saturday should be a little less intense, but then comes Race Day when it will really get crazy here. Stay tuned!
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