Soft Enough for Guests

I stayed in two different AirBnBs in the past week and they had very different feels to the. One was a converted basement that had green walls and a folding card table. It was an example of no frills. The second place was also a downstairs room, but it had weathered barn wood on the walls and lots of nice touches. The soap is fancy and the toilet paper is the same that I use at home. But in the first place, the cheap hotel-style soap barely lathers and the toilet is the cheapest, one-ply, industrial toilet. Is this what the owners use for themselves, or do they just treat their guests poorly? Real hospitality is way more about the little things than the big things.

Benefits of Smart Phone Addiction

Our attention has been destroyed by smart phones. Nobody can be bored for even one second. People check their smart phones sitting at traffic lights. Clerks check them between customers. Even the guy holding the stop/slow sign on the road crew checks his phone waiting to turn the sign to the other position.

We know this bad for kids’ creativity and development because they have lost the ability for imaginative play. Traditional toys continue to be recommended over digital toys. But what if there is a benefit to all of this smart phone usage. And I mean for adults, not kids. Has literacy improved? Has creativity improved? People are reading their feeds more than people read the newspaper. People are writing updates and sharing pictures. Maybe as we are re-wiring our brains for the worse we are creating some benefit for society.

Just Drive Me Home

My Uber driver was a Hare Krishna. His haircut was the first giveaway. He was also listening to Hare Krishna music. I could see his playlist on the radio display. I asked him to turn it off. Or maybe just to turn it down. After he dropped me off, he offered me a brochure. I politely declined. This seems like an odd way to proselytize, but I guess even religious cults need money too.