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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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1:26a
Made It To Chicago
Our train arrived in Chicago at 11:45 PM, just short of nine hours late. Lisa and I walked to the Holiday Inn (although I think it might not be officially a legal sidewalk we used), and I'm pretty sure we were checked in and in our hotel room long before most of the people with missed connections at Chicago had been processed.

Per my previous post, it's just as well I wasn't angling for a hotel room and a trip tomorrow. All of the people who missed connections to the Michigan Service trains are riding buses to their final destinations, poor folks. I'm better off at the hotel, even though it's strange.

The hotel room we have is crazy. It's actually a ten-person conference room with a board room style table with an attached bedroom. We don't actually like it, but it was the only room left. I must get a picture before we leave. We requested a 2 PM check out so we can sleep in tomorrow, which we need desperately.

My smartphone froze up shortly after my previous post, and I didn't know how to reset it. (Hold Power + Volume Down for ten seconds; but I couldn't find that out until I was back at an internet connection that does not depend upon the smartphone.)

Longer report later, maybe, if I have the energy. Now I must try go get some sleep. We're still happy we took the train, even though the schedule was mucked up.

Current Mood: exhausted
11:07a
Boardroom Bedroom
As I mentioned after we checked in last night, our hotel room was possibly the strangest in which I've ever stayed. Here's the "living room":

One step from bedroom to boardroomCollapse )

It's a full-size boardroom table. This room would be big enough for an SFSFC Board of Directors meeting if you added some chairs. There is a standard-sized bedroom beyond this room, and an ordinary bathroom attached. There's also a microwave/refrigerator/sink in this over-sized parlor.

A significant fault: to get from the bedroom to the bathroom, you have to go through this boardroom parlor with its hardwood floor. This is not fun in bare feet. The room would have worked much better if the bathroom attached directly to the bedroom, with a half-bath (toilet/sink) near the front door entrance to the parlor.

There being limited space in the bedroom, we stacked our luggage on the boardroom table. (I thought of leaving it there for the photo but decided to make things look nicer.) We actually don't like the room that much and asked for a standard room, but apparently this was the very last room they had and the only reason they didn't "bounce" my reservation to another hotel was due to my platinum status.

With a better configuration, this would have been a wonderful room if I were chairing a convention here.

Our train to Detroit leaves at 2:50 and we have a 2 PM check-out. We're about to pop out for breakfast, then come back to the hotel and get our luggage and roll back to Union Station, after having had 7-8 hours of sleep after all.

Current Mood: amused

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