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Hotel Report: Hampton Inn, Brighton, CO

Years ago I stayed at a Hampton Inn, and I was so unimpressed by it that I wouldn’t stay in one again until this week. Proximity to my business destination and availability forced my hand, and so I tried the Hampton Denver Northeast-Brighton. This stay was much better.

View of the Room

The bed was quite comfortable, firm but with just a little bit of surface give. The room had good space between the bed and the TV. It was an area large enough for calisthenics, but noise from the floor above led me to think that wouldn’t be a good idea.

The desk had five available outlets within easy reach. There was an Ethernet jack, and the provided cable was a nice touch. Both wire and wireless networking were only moderate in speed, but I only had log in once during the whole stay, and I appreciated that. The TV had about 30 channels, but several of them were from the HBO family.

The bathroom was spacious. The shower (no bathtub) was large enough for two people. Controls were easy to use, and the heat and pressure were not a problem. The mirror only fogged up a little from the top.

The free breakfast was quite good, rivaling better Holiday Inn Express fair. A different meat and egg were available each day. One could have fresh pineapple, apricot, and other fruit; several kinda of yogurt; three different juices; and the usual bagels and muffins.

The small exercise room had a rack of dumbbells, a weight bench, an elliptical, a treadmill, and a recombinant bike. The elliptical ran well, but it detected a heart rate even when my hands weren’t on the sensors.

There seemed to be just enough parking. Entering and leaving the hotel was fairly easy through the two drives. Front desk service was quite nice, recognizing my HHonors status and offering me a bottled water and a small Toblerone. One frequent HAL guest had been told by the manager that she would always get a room if she called.

HAL gets a room rate of $84/night, much better than the $124 on the web site. I would probably come back again if my travels take me to northeast Denver again.

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Sympathy for the Anger

Many of you know that I frequent App.net more than I do any other social network. The lack of ads, the creative applications, and the ability to put out Twitter-style blurbs in greater than 140 characters are real advantages. The people I converse with on ADN for the most part are less fire-and-forget Twitter posters and more likely to engage in a conversation. If I respond to someone’s post, they’re likely to respond back.

Fortunately and not fortunately, most of the people I converse with on ADN do not share my worldview about much. We like tech stuff and food, and that’s the extent of commonality. :) That’s why, for the most part, when Mozilla decided to force Brandon Eich to resign, I knew what the crowd would say, and I kept out of it for the most part.

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Thoughts on Disney World

The family was able to take a vacation to Disney World, staying seven days. We took 2-1/2 days for Magic Kingdom, two for Epcot, one for Hollywood Studios and one for Animal Kingdom.

Even staying as long as we did, it was clear that we had to abandon any hope of seeing and doing everything at WDW. I’m not sure if even Vacation Club members could.

The weather was perfect, and I hadn’t seen such direct sunlight since my time in Cairo. Sunscreen was a must even with all the indoor time.

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Hotel Report: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Calgary

The Ramada Inn and the Sandman sold out, I took the next closest to our office downtown, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in downtown Calgary.

The room felt a little cramped, and the two queen beds didn’t make for much exercise space inside the room. The bed was soft, almost uncomfortably. The heater in the outside wall performed quietly and admirably, even when it was -20 degF outside.

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Bobsledding at Canada Olympic Park

Thursday

Having already been to Banff and Sulphur Mountain, and having visited the various farmers’ markets around Calgary the last couple of times I was here, I wanted something new to do for the weekend.

“You could do the luge!” Teri, my co-worker, suggested.

I was a little concerned — my coordination is nothing an athlete would envy — but I was certainly interested.

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NR Continental Map is Working Again

I’m not sure when this started happening, but the Podcasting Plugin by TSG was interfering with my GeoMashup plugin. Since I have a lot more geo-tagged posts than I do podcast posts, GeoMashup is going to win. The map is back; enjoy!

The Time Out podcast is on its own site and wasn’t affected by this conflict. :)

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