View From a Hotel Window, 3/29/17: Chicago

Not a lot of parking lot here. Hey, it’s downtown Chicago, you’re gonna get tall buildings. My event tonight: Volumes Bookcafe, at 7pm. It’s sold out! Thank you! But if you skipped getting tickets, uh, sorry. Next time for sure.

This is also the last View From a Hotel Window for about a week, because tomorrow I go home for a four-day break, in which I get to see my family, pets, bed and washing machine, and the next event is Monday, April 3, in Dayton, at Books & Co. No hotel then, I’m just driving in from home. I may write a couple of actual posts instead! Maybe! Or at least post a cat picture or two. We’ll see!

15 Comments on “View From a Hotel Window, 3/29/17: Chicago”

  1. Gerry O'Brien – Brooklyn, NY – Gerry O’Brien is a writer/graphic designer/photographer who has been a political consultant and advertising creative professional for over 25 years. His first novel, 1901, is currently in search of a publisher. His chief tools are Adobe Photoshop, QuarkXPress, a Canon 5D Mark IV with various Canon lenses, and an iPhone 8 Plus. Gerry attributes his powerful imagination to a lifelong love of science fiction and comic books. His late father, an immigrant ironworker, often derided “that fakey stuff,” but with America's infrastructure crumbling and popular culture dominated by science fiction and comics ... who’s laughing now? He and his wife live in a brownstone in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
    Gerry O'Brien

    That’s a nice shot, John!

  2. phattsphlightsofphancy – Phatts is a professional short, fat, bald guy, one-time searcher for the Holy Grail (before that american archeologist git found it), and enthusiastic looker-out of windows. He can usually be found killing time in Hotel Lobbies or at FL410 planning World Domnation....

    Mr. Scalzi!

    Welcome to our secondary base of Operations (when we are away from Canada, Home of Maple Sugar, Bacon, and real Baseball – Go Jays!). Sorry to say, I do NOT recognise the building you are looking at (which is causing me NO end of consternation!). At any rate, have a GREAT signing. Maybe I can get down there NEXT time you are in town. Alternately, you could come to Toronto. All the Best – Enjoy the washing machine. I KNOW that particular joy! Cheers!

  3. Really, really glad that whoever scheduled your tour built in a few nice long breaks at home for you. Aside from the whole laundry issue, it must be exhausting to deal with that many people in that many different places. Even though you demonstrate a tremendous amount of ease and comfort in crowded situations meeting dozens/hundreds of people you don’t know, I still have to think you must get home and just turn to incoherent jelly for a day or two. Or at least I would in those circumstances.

    Hope your event today goes swimmingly, and that the upcoming break with family and felines is restorative, sir. Safe travels.

  4. I recall the anecdote about Harlan Ellison writing a story in a bookstore and posting the pages in its window ( Perhaps there should be a Scalzi equivalent written from hotel windows?

    “Day 17. Another parking lot. Surely this has some deeper meaning, and yesterday’s swimming pool was intended solely to break the pattern and lead the weak-minded to believe it doesn’t exist. It’s clearly the Vogons… even the fragments of graffiti on the asphalt cause a remarkable degree of gastrointestinal churning, akin to (but weaker than) the effects of contemplating the 2017 presidency. And there are no kittens. Clearly Vogons… but what to do about it?”

  5. How do you know that behind one those windows with the blinds drawn there isn’t some one with an inflatable car? Just parked there in the middle of the room.

  6. Some of those large buildings in downtown Chicago are actually parking garages. I stayed at one hotel a couple years ago, looked across the street, and saw cars where I’d expect to see curtains.

  7. Lasts nights event was fantastic!! It was great getting to finally come to one of your signings after years of trying to make one. It was well worth the wait! I hope you have a nice rest at home before setting back out on the road.

  8. Nice to see you and have another autographed copy of a Scalzi book in my possession. If for some reason you ever want to make people believe you are a native Chicagoan, next time you are doing a reading (or any talking) and an El train can be heard….stop talking until it passes and then pick up as if you simply had hit pause while the train was overhead.

    — your doppelganger

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