I am not one of the big road warriors out there. I travel just enough to maintain silver status with the airline (that’s their lowest level.) I travel just enough to keep from going stir crazy in the office. I travel just enough that, while I may look familiar, the people at the rental car booth don’t exactly know who I am.
That being said, I travel enough that I can tell when I’m the victim of a fatal design flaw. And, I have been doing a lot of travel lately, and that fatal design flaw keeps haunting me.
I’m speaking of hotel rooms. And my complaint is quite simple. Most hotels go out of their way to make sure that the business traveler has a nice desk setup. This includes plenty of outlets and internet hookups and light and anything else to make it relatively easy to work from the room.
Then why is it they seem to always put the desk right next to the air conditioner. Which means I either get to freeze to death as the arctic gale blows exactly where I’m sitting, or swelter if I keep the temperature up high enough so the winds don’t blow.
And that’s not the worst of it. The hotels also do an excellent job of getting top of the line televisions in the rooms – lots of channels, lots of choices, lots of HD. And, invariably, they set them inside a fancy cabinet which means it cannot be seen from that desk. (You remember the desk – the one that is perched on the frozen tundra.) I have to have the television on to work – and I have to be able to see it. (How else am I supposed to catch up on Robot Chicken?) In some worst case scenarios, I’ve moved the desk (cords and all) towards the center of the room.
Okay, not end of the world stuff. But, come on…is there anyone really thinking about these things when they plan out the rooms?
And what’s the deal with airline food.