Earlier this month, Dr Desert Flower had a conference in Chicago, and we got a room at the Sheraton on the north side of the Chicago River for the 4 day weekend. Our room had a "lake view", and it was by far, one of the most spacious hotel rooms in which I have stayed in America. There was ample room to roll out my yoga mat, and not bump into things. Outside the window is the Navy Pier Ferris wheel, but I didn't adjust the camera settings enough to see it.
I was on the fence about taking my yoga mat. it was just a 4 day trip, and the rolled mat doesn't fit into a carry on bag effectively, so it was it's own "personal item"... but Southwest Airlines didn't hassle me, as I combined my mat with DDF's poster tube, and treated it as "one personal item" - creatively it worked. But once I saw how large the room was, I was glad I brought the mat. I did a solid hour of yoga each day, looking out the 15th floor window - which was REALLY the 14th floor, but the paranoid & superstitious hoteliers in America don't like labeling any floor as "13" ... ohhhhh scary! Yes, scary to the stupid. In China, "9" is considered Incredibly lucky. We had trouble finding an open dinner table when I was there September 9th of 1999, because of the record number of weddings! But in the US "7" is lucky, and "13" and "666" are avoided like the plague. Whatever. Please get out of my way as I ask for room 666 or 1313, and stay there without any problems. =)
Create your own visitor map! Gray Background tones, because despite many peoples' view that Everything in the world is simply Black or White, (all fundamentalists, many engineers, few scientists, lots of confused persons, many digital thinkers) there's all sorts of shades of gray, everywhere you look. Good wine doesn't have to be expensive. Conservatives do not have to be selfish and insane wing-nuts. Liberals do not have to have socialist-abortion-producing-crystal-worshiping-gay-marriages. Racists, xenophobes, fundamentalists, and willful ignorance suck. The Earth is Much Older than 6000 years. Don't be afraid of Science, embrace it. The web's a great tool. ..in the humble perspective of this INTJ alpha male.