I cannot by my own reason or strength list all of the wonderful things that have blessed my life. There are certainly more than enough to post something to be thankful about from November 1 to Thanksgiving, as several of my friends on Facebook do. Instead of the normal list, I want to thank people for fulfilling their vocations as family, friends, et cetera.
With the local radio stations getting into their “we’re going to play Christmas music until you can’t stand it” season, I thought my own Advent/Christmas music selection was a little light. I did some sniffing around iTunes and found some cool things.
First, I needed some Advent hymns, because it’s not Christmas yet.
Traveling on the company’s dime, it’s not often that I get a room that I wish the family could see. The last two nights, I got a really cool room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Meadow Lands in Washington.
I was originally assigned a handicapped-accessible room due to availability. I called the front desk to see if I could get moved, so that the room could open up for someone who needed it. I was upgraded to the top floor.
The room had the space of three regular hotel rooms. One entered the lower room with a dining table, a large couch, and a TV. A spiral staircase led to area number two, where there was a bathroom with a jacuzzi and bedroom with a king-size bed and TV. A door led to the adjacent third area, the master bedroom with desk, TV, closet, and bathroom.
I even had my own fire escape.
…is not “Yinz,” which is Pittsburgh-ian for “y’all”.
It’s not the fact that many stores and restaurants can’t be bothered to provide a level parking lot. Two nights ago a Tahoe(!) was parked vertically in a parking space that was a severe angle to the level middle of the lot. He may have scraped his rear bumper backing out of that spot…
It’s not the Oklahoma-style liquor laws, or the gasoline that’s 30 cents higher than Ohio, no slouch when it comes to gas tax.
The Candlewood Suites chain is owned by IHG (Holiday Inn) and thus takes Priority Club points. It is an extended stay chain, so they don’t make the bed or refresh the towels daily. They do provide a full stove and oven, a microwave, and a full-size refrigerator/freezer that one could stock up if one were indeed staying for a long time.
I was fairly certain I had requested a queen-size bed, but it seemed on the small side. The small bed was comfortable, the pillows a bit soft.
The room had sufficient space for in-room calisthenics, but the floor sounded thin, and I didn’t want to disturb the neighbors. The exercise room had an elliptical (my favorite), two treadmills, a recombinant bike, and a small nautilus. The air conditioning in the fitness room functioned very well. The fitness room is connected to the laundry room, and the first day’s workout was choked with the smell of fabric softener.