As a child,
I played with unique toys. Of course, we
didn’t have Halo, Resident Evil, or a Nintendo Wii to tinker with. If we wanted to play tennis, we had to have a
racket and some reasonably bouncy tennis balls.
Faced with an alternative of 3 channels on a black and white 13″
CRT TV, I had no recourse but to play outside.
We were safer then too! My “territory” was a mile radius in
any direction from my house… not something a mother (concerned for her child’s
safety) would allow in a suburb of
in 2008. Particularly since the Andrea Yates house was only 4 blocks from mine. I’m digressing. *sigh* again…
Back to the
toys; I loved locomotion and I’d use anything as a vehicle. Skateboards, bicycles, unicycles (at 42, I’m
on my fourth unicycle)… I even sailed down our old backyard hill in
sprinkler for a sled. My mother wasn’t
surprised when I asked for a pair of stilts.
Something about motion with height
as added variable! I loved them, and I
was towering over the front yard in no time at all.
something mysteriously prestigious about tall things. People who work downtown amongst the
skyscrapers can feel it, things are just “different” downtown. Height can work against you in a hotel however,
when you really sit down and think about it.
Have you ever wondered what happens when you flush the toilet on the 60th
floor of your
hotel? Where does it go? Do you realize the terminal velocity of a
“full flush” that falls 600 feet?
I wouldn’t want to be at the bottom with a bucket…
old hotels have their charm to be sure, but you must weigh that charm and
“quaintness” with the very real notion of being productive when
you’re on a business trip. Older hotels
didn’t consider sound-proofing to be very important, for example. Nor did they have the foresight to build ducts
and conduit for internet connections, extra electrical outlets in the room, or
wireless routers. Some older hotels are
so quaint, that it’s too cost prohibitive to re-equip them with such frivolous
amenities today. Hotels lose a lot of
their charm when you’re sitting in the hallway trying to eek a wireless signal
out of an elevator shaft.
Cooling can be a problem too. When you
book a room, ask specifically if the rooms have their own A/C or heating
units. A lot of them don’t! You’d be surprised how many hotels rely on
antiquated “two pipe” systems where a series of furnace blowers
provide heat to all of the rooms, whether they need it or not. I was recently in
sudden rise in temperature. 65 degrees
is unusual for
in January. I woke up at 2am in a room
that was touching the 80 degree mark.
“There’s nothing we can do,” I was told, “We’re still
rigged for heat.” What, did I
magically get transferred to a suite above the boiler room on a WWI
battleship? Rigged for heat? All they could do was open the window and
offer me an oscillating fan. I told
them, “I could have a Motel 6 room for $39 that has a window unit, for
vacation, I’ll enjoy the charm. The Old
Del Coronado hotel in
is a shining example of charm. Heck,
they still have the original electrical permit signed by Thomas A. Edison
himself! The place is beautiful and I’d
move in if I could. I just couldn’t take
more than 2 electrical appliances with me, because that’s all they had outlets
for. Vacation? Yes.
well. Thank God for modern amenities,
right? I wonder what ever happened to my stilts… pardon me, while go outside and
ride my unicycle around the lake for lunch.