25 June 2005

Room Depressing Hotel Acceptable But

12.31

Room Depressing, Hotel Acceptable But Badly Sited, Providence, RI.

The Happy Gigster's Guide defines a hotel room as a vacuum with a bed in it. It also has this warning: if you check in at midnight or later, you will be given a crap room. The Guide continues:

When you wake in the morning & gaze hopefully from your window, you will discover that your room overlooks a motorway, a parking lot, a construction site, a filling station, or any combination of these. Your room is also likely to be adjoining the ice machine and/or an industrial level air-conditioning plant.

Today the view from my room is of a motorway, a parking lot & filling station. The roar of traffic is accompanied by a huge A/C fan just outside & along from my window. (The ice machine is down the hall, and very welcome).

View…

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The hotel is nowhere, a 20-30 minutes' walk to somewhere/anywhere I might like to be and, with temperatures in the high 80s & rising, I won't be walking there. Pooey pooey.

New reading of the morning (acquired in Somerville): Close Readers: Humanism and Sodomy in Early Modern England (Princeton UP, 1997) by Alan Stewart.

14.32 Packing, packing & re-packing in preparation for tomorrow's flight home.

Close To The End…

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That Life Could Be This Good All The Time…

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Snaffle of the Happy Gigster…

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This Should Have Been Retired By Now…

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The washbag was acquired in the Renaissance Center, Philadelphia, on a Double Trio tour (1996). The travel goods shop has been gone several years: very much like the washbag.

Guitar Craft Moves Out Into The World?…

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23.15 Hotel Dud, Providence, RI.

Today's performance was at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel…

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Dressing Room (looking away from the bathroom)…

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Dressing Room (looking towards the bathroom)…

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Hospitality…

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I enjoyed the performance. There were several children present & a 9-year old girl asked one of the best questions: do you use imagination when playing? The young persons were exceptionally well-behaved & superb examples of good upbringing.

Another question (from an adult): what excites you at the moment? Perhaps the question referred to my current listening or professional activities, but I responded personally: going home to my wife tomorrow & a second answer related to performance: better that the performer is not excited. Walking the tightrope between heaven & earth is perilous and excitement disturbs our balance.

Four Quarters Maintainers: Tony, Glen & Terry.

Now, back from the gig to an un-serviced room. Before we left for soundcheck I called personal services and arranged for cleaning. Nothing has happened. Management here is not on top of its game.

There were acceptable hotels close to the venue, a delicatessen & Starbucks nearby. So, why are we here in this dud hotel, the latest in a line of dud hotels? The answer is clear: the person responsible for booking our hotels doesn't care.

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