Fasten your seatbelts. It's gonna be a bumpy two minutes.
Link from Phyllis.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
And you feel guilty asking for extra towels?
Links from Mike McG.
LE SAINT-SULPICE HOTEL, MONTREAL
A pop star staying at this boutique hotel during the making of a movie insisted on drinking raw milk — straight from the cow — first thing every morning as part of her strict dietary. Concierge Patrick Huynh made regular trips in the middle of the night to a farm a couple of hours outside of the city in order to be back in time for the guest's breakfast. Huynh even opted to milk the cow himself — in his concierge suit.
SAGAMORE RESORT, LAKE GEORGE, NY
Sometimes a guest's requests are so outrageous they cannot be fulfilled, no matter how dedicated the concierge. At this Victorian-era resort a guest asked the concierge to promptly "send engineering to my room to change my fireplace from gas-burning to wood-burning." Another guest who was getting poor cellphone reception asked the concierge to have a cell tower installed at once.
A few years ago, a loyal (and extremely wealthy) guest of the hotel wanted to watch a film, privately, on the beach fronting the hotel. However, the guest did not like sand and asked the concierge to "cover it up somehow." A team was dispatched to Mexico City to buy a panoply of rugs that were carefully rolled out on the beach.
BROWN'S HOTEL, LONDON
A celebrity once asked concierge Simon Thomas to choreograph a very elaborate transfer from her cruise ship to the hotel via helicopter. The star was very specific about what color and make the cars should be for meeting her and her entourage at the ship and then driving them 100 yards to a waiting helicopter.
PLAZA HOTEL, NYC
Chief concierge Raphael Pallais was asked by a guest to obtain a live batch of tarantulas for him to take home and enjoy -- roasted. Pallais reached out to the Explorers Club -- famous for its "exotic" animal dinners -- which, in turn, pointed him to the club's tarantula supplier.
PENINSULA HOTEL, BEVERLY HILLS, CA
Concierge James Little once flew to London to retrieve the 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier of a hotel guest who was temporarily living month-to-month at the Los Angeles hotel to take care of her late husband's affairs. Little spent one week (on the guest's dime) in London walking the dog daily to get to know him. On the flight home, the dog flew First Class and Little flew Business.
SETAI HOTEL, MIAMI, FL
A guest visiting from the U.K. asked concierge Maite Foriasky to ship a tiger from Florida to London -- on two days' notice. The guest had fallen for a Florida woman and had asked her to return to London with him; she wouldn't move without her favorite pet. With the help of the Miami Metro Zoo, Foriasky was able to deliver.
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From Juicy Trixx and KXLY.
Crossing Sign Giving Drivers 'Bronx Salute'
SPOKANE, Wash. -- An electronic crosswalk sign near the Maple Street Bridge is apparently showing its disapproval of either the weather and / or local drivers by giving people the "Bronx Salute."
The crossing sign, located in downtown Spokane in the northbound lanes of Maple south of the Maple Street Bridge, has been somehow modified so when the "Don’t Walk" hand is displayed, only the upraised middle finger is visible.
City of Spokane spokesperson Marlene Feist says that street department personnel think the electronic sign may have snow somehow wedged into the sign, obscuring all but the palm and raised middle finger.
Feist added that clearly the display is “unintentional.”
As to when that packed snow will get removed so the sign will no longer be giving drivers a Bronx salute, the people responsible for fixing the sign – the city’s Streets Department – are keeping busy unpacking snow off roads in Browne’s Addition.