Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A Few of my Favorite Things

I'm back from my week-long residency and ready to go. I must say our location was top-notch.

We spent the week at a nice resort in the Allegheny Mountains about 4 hours outside of DC. While this was more of a high-end playground for the wealthy, it did offer great services for connecting a new group of 23 students.

One day while riding in the elevator with another classmate and two other guests, we were explaining our reason for being there. One of the guests commented, "So your school brings its program at a place like this?" My classmate didn't lose a beat.

"This isn't your father's MBA."

My favorite part of the resort wasn't the food or the grounds or the freaking awesome toiletries. It was the alarm clock.

What is it with hotels and trying to have the latest and greatest in gadgets? You want to provide guests with CD players...great. But why must you combine all of the electronics into one 8-inch contraption that takes me 40 minutes of learning how to program in order to wake up on time? Nowadays at most hotels, I've given to calling the front desk since I cannot figure out the alarm clock.

But not The Homestead. Their clocks had only 4 buttons and looks just like the one next to my bed at home...which I have had for 26 years.

See just like Paris Hilton, I too prefer the simple life

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Blogger Papa Bradstein said...

I'm so with you on the overblown clocks. My favorite was a multifunction alarm clock/CD player/coffee maker/toaster/vacuum cleaner/hair dryer/pants press contraption that started blaring music at 3:30 a.m.

Unfortunately, we don't travel with a sledgehammer, but fortunately, a few well placed blows from a fist had the same effect.

Dude, just give me the time and wake me up. I don't need you to make me a latte and shine my shoes. In fact, I don't even need you to wake me up--ever heard of wake-up calls?

3:04 PM  
Blogger Mitch McDad said...

So funny. I was traveling recently and not only could I not figure out the alarm clock but the time was wrong and I couldn't fix that either, so I just unplugged it and used my cell phone as my time reference.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

Very sweet resort. I would have wanted to stay without doing the MBA thing.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous L.A. Daddy said...

Yeah, the harder they make stuff the more you have to rely on your kid to figure it out for you.

I'm not sure but I think it's the whole reason to have children. Just to keep the damn iPod alarm from flashing 12:00am

5:39 PM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

I hate those gargantuan alarm clocks! The last one I was a victim to went off at 1:30am AND the only CDs the hotel ever provides are new age music!

1:08 AM  
Blogger creative-type dad said...

I too hate those crazy button things. Especially when I'm tired and trying to set the thing.

2:41 AM  

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