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Last week in pictures

September 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

We took Grant to the opening preseason Minnesota Vikings game (and first game back at the Metrodome since the roof collapsed)…

Had some fun with the kidz…

This is a bus stop…

This is a “meeting place”…

I went to New York for work, and Jenny tagged along…

And so did these yahoos…

And so did Batman…

And a shot of Ground Zero just before Hurricane Irene…

Meanwhile, the kids were perfectly happy at Nana and Papa’s…

And we discovered these Vikings upon returning home…

Greg in NY

April 4, 2009 — 1 Comment

NYC, April 2
Was in New York this week, had a great steak at the Capital Grille and stayed at the Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Terminal.
Business Chair, Grand Hyatt, NYC
The Hyatt’s hotel room desk chair was a B-.
Business Chair, Grand Hyatt, NYC
The chair had great lumbar support (my primary measurement of a desk chair), arms and 4-spoke wheels. Premium webbing on the chair back is always a plus.
Grand Hyatt, NYC
Grand Hyatt, NYC
Drawbacks included no height adjustment, no arm adjustment and these ugly rub marks where the chair has scraped on the desk over the years.

And a quick TP report for my pal Ed. I call this the “tuck and roll.”
TP Report, Grand Hyatt, NYC

But here’s the craziest, most backwards way to receive a hotel fax I’ve ever encountered:

  1. I got a voicemail in my hotel room informing me I had a text message.
  2. In order to retrieve this message, I needed to call the operator.
  3. I called the operator and nobody answered.
  4. Upon my automated checkout at the lobby kiosk, the system again informed me I had a text message and printed out this slip of paper.
  5. Text Message for a Fax?

  6. The paper told me that I had a fax and to get it at the front lobby desk.
  7. At the lobby desk, they called the business center to inquire about my fax.
  8. I was told to walk up two floors to the business center to retrieve my fax.

Greg & the City

December 2, 2008 — 2 Comments

I’m in NYC for the umpteenth time this year. I suppose I could check Dopplr to see how many times, but it’s been a lot.

Staying at the W New York on Lexington this trip.

The room is the size of a converted laundry room in a one story bungalow.
Room 924 at W NY

Here’s a TP report for my pal Ed:
TP Fold at W NY (Lexington)
Damn clumsy, if you ask me. But he’s the expert. And, I had trouble EVEN FINDING IT!
Where's the TP?

I’m going to start my own series on desk chairs. For business travelers, the chairs provided for travelers are the very most important part of a hotel room. I often go an entire stay without turning on the television, but I’m rarely in a room for more than 10 minutes without powering on my laptop and sitting at the desk for at least 30 minutes — and sometimes for hours and hours at a time.

Desk chair at W NY
The W Hotel NY gets a D+ for their desk chair. As you can see from the photo above, the chair has absolutely zero lumbar support. It’s virtually an “L” shape and although it does have height adjustment (thus the +), after sitting on an airplane for 3+ hours, I’m going to need more than a basic L curve to sit here for more than 5 minutes at one time.

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