Have you ever noticed that a hotel may have anywhere from three to six elevators, but only one or two appears to be working?
It drives me crazy…especially at check-out when foot traffic is at its peak (and you stand there waiting).
My stay this weekend at the Swissotel in Chicago was completely different.
Their elevator keypads do not have up or down arrows; instead, you input your room number.
A computer quickly determines which elevator car you will ride in (in this case, A through F) and indicates it in the blue field.
When that elevator’s door opens, you see your floor — and that of other passengers — listed on the side panel.
And off you go.
During my overnight stay in Chicago, I rode the elevator several times between my room, the conference center and the lobby…and I was in at least four of the six available elevator cars.
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First of all, I want to clarify —
This is not a rant. Think of it more as a ‘huh.’
Yesterday a package arrived at my door. It was addressed to a man who hasn’t lived here in almost six years.
I quickly deduced he had selected his old address by accident while shopping online, so I called the company to see if I could help correct his error.
(How nice am I?)
Turns out the company’s customer service just isn’t set up for this type of communication. All their scripts are for customers, not people like me trying to assist another customer. The representative I spoke with understood the situation and was definitely working with me to help correct it, but she refused — or maybe wasn’t allowed to? — say anything that was not in her script.
So nothing she said to me made any sense.
Even after we figured out how to resolve the shipment error, she thanked me for my order and hoped I would return again.
You know? Probably not.
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Tagged Business, commentary, customer service, customer service representative, Humor, Internet, life, lost in translation, lost package, online shopping, rant, return to sender, script, shipment, technology
I want this door.
Now, there’s sentence I never thought I’d say.
But once you watch the video below, I’m pretty sure you’ll want this door, too.
Currently only a prototype, the Evolution Door by Austrian designer Klemens Torggler is sleek, modern and requires no floor track to make its way cool transition from side to side. It also has rounded edges so you or anyone in your house don’t lose any fingers walking into a room.
Seriously, watch the video. Then join the ranks of people, like me, who —
WANT THIS DOOR.
Posted in Design, Furniture, Home, Humor, Shopping, Technology
Tagged Austria, design, door, Evolution Door, furniture, home, Humor, Klemens Torggler, life, sliding doors, technology, video, Vienna
I’m no gamer, but even I’ve heard of Grand Theft Auto.
Candy Crush Saga, it’s not.
It’s criminals or criminal-wannabes in the big city, trying to rise through the ranks in organized crime. Underworld kingpins give you different missions to complete, and violence ensues.
It wouldn’t be my cup of tea, and I’m sure a lot of parents wouldn’t want their kids playing it either.
But Grand Theft Auto V has another problem — it allows players to ‘run over, behead and kill animals’ as part of the game.
Jack Carone of In Defense of Animals, an animal rights organization, is calling for a boycott of GTA because of this senseless inclusion of animal violence.
If you agree that there should be a GTA boycott — as I do — vote “YES” in the poll at the end of the TMZ article.
Speak up for those without a voice!
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Today I survived a closed MRI.
For someone who is intensely claustrophobic, this is a red-letter event.
I did my homework on the procedure, so I knew what to expect. That’s why I opted for an open MRI when I needed imaging on my left shoulder a couple of years ago.
But an closed MRI was the only option today, which meant I had to face my fears.
I began by taking a light sedative, at my doctor’s advice — to take the edge off. And the technicians were great, walking me through the device and the actual procedure step-by-step. But the greatest help during what would have been 30 minutes of hell?
A series of mirrors that bounce images in the exam room back to me, so I always felt like I could see the outside world clearly…regardless of my position within the tube.
Hey — mind games are welcome here.
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Tagged claustrophobia, closed MRI, commentary, conquering fears, doctor, exam room, fears, Health, hospital, Humor, imaging, life, mind games, MRI, open MRI, phobias, sedatve, technician, technology