Where I’m At
Posted on January 15, 2009 Posted by John Scalzi 41 Comments
The view from my chair:
You can tell it’s a swanky hotel because the plants aren’t plastic (yes, I just checked). I’ve actually stayed here before, although the last time was back in the early 90s, for a Disney movie press junket. That was the junket where I got to see the sets for The Nightmare Before Christmas and saw Danny Elfman sing “Jack’s Lament” live while a rough cut of the scene from the movie unspooled behind him. Danny Elfman’s not here this time, drat the luck. I’ll have to find something else to do with my time, I suppose.
Anyway, I’m waiting for my room to be available. This is what I get for taking a morning flight. What are you up to?
Freezing my rump off in Miami county like you should be. Thanks for asking!
I dare say, you’re not fooling anyone when you take your blackberry storm to a swank hotel lobby.
Taking a break from homework. Not looking forward to walking to my next class in this weather (-4 F windchill).
how’s the wheather in San Francisco?
That’s why I’m using my netbook.
I love San Francisco. There’s just something about cities that are surrounded by water on three sides. I’d move there in a second if it wasn’t for those naughty fault lines (and the fact that real estate is just about as insanely expensive as in NYC.)
Lucky dog. Bark at one of the sea lions off the Wharf for me if you get a chance to go out there.
Well, that would fool me then. I can’t speak for everyone else.
Freezing my tuckus off in Montgomery County – glad someone gets to escape this insanity for the weekend!
Hmmm Just advertise your location with the Browncoats.
Expecting Obituary to be posted soon.
It was fun while it lasted.
I’m sitting on the other End of the city pouring over craigslist job postings. Like a good boy…
Looks like the Westgate in San Diego. But I’m sure a lot of hotels look like the Westgate in San Diego.
I keep expecting to see Incitatus poke his equine snout from behind one of those columns.
What’s the difference between a seal and a sea lion?
About 400MeV. (Geddit? Sea Lion? Seal Ion? Geddit?)
I love grand hotel foyers. They smack of biplanes and high adventure and dotted lines going across vellum maps to rousing brass music.
Anyway, I’m trying to relax in the name of getting an early night – gotta pack and get ready for my own bit of aviation on Saturday, and the butterflies in my tum appear to be trying to make little caterpillars to call their own.
Is that the Fairmont or the Palace?
Going to bed.
I’ll trade you, John. I was out in -2 weather, taking the tire off my daughter’s car so it could be fixed. It was a victim of Chicago’s potholes. Now I think I’ll have some hot chocolate.
Same as usual : No Damn Good.
MarkHB @# 13: Biplanes? Nay, Pan Am Clippers.
Or, if you’re feeling particularly steampunkish, dirigibles.
9° F here in Cincinnati. Seems so much warmer than saying -13° C, even though it’s the same.
If you’re where I think you are, you should make it a priority to check out the Starlight Room.
Oh, and you may be fooling the gullible types like Patrick M. with your netbook, but you’re not fooling the rest of us.
Sitting at work wondering if my car will start when I get off the train. The temp supposedly hit a high of -2 but sits at -7 right now…
DG Lewis @18, One of these would do just fine!
Oh, come on you guys, classic TRAINS, not planes!!
Elegant bar cars, sleepers, private cars, porters to wait on your every need…
And I’m getting ready to freeze my arse off as I head home here in a bit. Atlanta, you say, humph. It was warmer in Alaska by about a dozen degrees today, we’re hitting 12F or lower tonight and tomorrow night we head for single digit range!
Sorry, I’m from Buffalo, if it’s going to be this damn cold there better be SNOW to play in along with it!
I’m at work…Staring at router configurations…
Daydreaming of being where your at….
And see you on Friday in SF!!!
Like everyone else who is NOT you, I’m also freezing my ass off in OH. Unfortunately, my house is so old–and uninsulated–that it’s a balmy 63 degrees in here today. And the sickest thing? I’m so used to it that it doesn’t feel *that* cold. Oh, and I baked two tiny chocolate cakes. Take THAT Mr. FancyHotel with room service.
Hmmm- the weather’s almost 80 degrees F here in sunny SoCal, AND I had a Double-Double last night. Life is good.
is that the sheraton palace hotel?
looks like it.
…sitting looking through client data and trying to work out whether an anomaly I’ve found is just someone with lousy data entry skills or evidence of employee fraud…
If it’s the Palace, be sure to leave some of the non-dairy creamer that comes with your room’s coffee machine in a bowl outside the door.
Otherwise Warren Harding’s ghost may let the other ghosts steal your oil reserves.
John – if you are at the Palace, that’s really near a BART station, which will save you some annoying taxi/parking issues for getting around SF.
Welcome to San Francisco, John! Can’t wait to see you read at Borderlands tomorrow. Hope you brought your signing pen!
Just don’t get shot in the back by the BART cops.
Hey! I’m not gullible! Am I?
When you posted this, I was at a software developer conference called CodeFreeze (which is a common term) in MN, where we’re on the final laps of a long cold snap.
Is that the old section of the hotel on the west side of Union Square?
That’s the Palace, for sure. Lucky you.
Don’t think it is – see the newer post.
Point taken. Is that Union Square down there? It’s so dark I can’t see properly.
Hey, the Fairmont! Sweet!
We were driving your daughter around in circles on a snowmobile.