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The lap of luxury

January 27, 2005

I once saw a photograph in National Geographic which showed a small plane crashing into a pickup truck as people nearby ran for their lives.  I think it was a Cessina and it hit the truck in the windshield at a steep angle – glass flying everywhere.  The camera caught it with a high shutter speed in mid-crumple.

The photographer, on assignment for the magazine, said “This is one of those one-in-a-lifetime shots that teaches you to carry a camera with you everywhere you go.”

Today I helped (a little) at an event in Peoria, IL.  My role was to set up a network with a server and workstations so the registration data and printing could all be handled in a timely fashion, then hang around waiting for something to go wrong. 

Not much went wrong and the University people working the event were fantastic.  I felt kind of silly and pitched in where I could, stuffing folders and going for food in the evening. 

The day started early and ended late.  Because of some mix-up at the hotel, I wound up in a suite – I think at the same price of a regular room.  Hand-finished walnut furniture, an elegant living room… is that an RJ-45 jack I see on the wall?  It is!  Plug in an ethernet cable, boot up, and YES!  WE HAVE CONNECTION!

Ahh, luxury.  Email, blogging, news, all the comforts of home.  Well, it could use a couple of cats, but almost everything anyway.  Seems a shame to say it but that network jack got my attention more than the old-world plush.

This is an antique hotel with sculptured cornices and carved door frames… according to the blurb in the elevator, it was bought by some hotel chain in the ‘80’s and “modernized” into unrecognizability.  But then someone else bought it and restored it to its original historic character.  It looks great.

I’d love to show you pictures but I forgot my darned camera!  You’ll just have to take my word for it.  That’s why I mentioned the National Geographic picture. 

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  1. January 28, 2005 at 00:36 | #1

    So it is only the cats you miss?! 
    And a frosty Good Night to you as well….

  2. January 28, 2005 at 07:36 | #2

    Once again struck through by a sin of omission…


  3. January 29, 2005 at 03:58 | #3

    Oops, it seems that you put your foot in your mouth, heh…. 

    Your post actually reminded me of the trip Capitalist Pig and I took to San Francisco two or three years ago.  We stayed in the most beautiful old hotel called the Queen Ann(e).  It was a family owned establishment that was a converted 19th century mansion.  It had the greatest architectural features.  There’s something that’s been lost over the years when it comes to making structures actually attractive.  My grandparents live in a 18th century brownstone in Boston and it’s a beautiful house too.  It’s far more attractive than the bland cookie cutter house that I live in now….

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