Friday, April 17, 2009

Event Day

After months of planning, the big day has finally arrived. If you're thinking it involves me in a big white dress and a 5-tier red velvet cake, you would be wrong. Instead, think of me in a suit at an all day conference for the bay area's IT leaders at the ever elegant and contemporary Four Seasons.

The best part of the event is enjoying the lavishness and luxuriousness of the hotel. Even the smallest of the wait staff's actions say "Extravagance." Right now I'm watching the woman in front of me use some sort of suction device hose to drain the excess water from the ice bucket at the beverage station. If that's not straight up luxury, I don't know what is.

A guest just zoomed past me down the hallway on a segway. Imagine that! The indulgence of not needing to walk indoors! It is almost like riding in those motorized chairs at the grocery store, but with a fresh appeal.

And the sinks in the bathroom border on ridiculous. They are half the size of my bathroom at home and completely flat, like a natural extension of the counter top except that they effectively catch the back splash from washing your hands. I can tell just by looking at them that they would be amazing for hand laundering my delicates. But seriously, you have to see them to understand, to understand how much I need these sinks, even if at least one, for my future home. A picture will be posted for your sink-viewing pleasure as soon as I get my camera.

There are lots of other things too, like the way the staff talks in hushed but cheery voices, the way I can tell just one person I need something done and it is instantly taken care of, and the comforting coverage of the bathroom stall doors. The doors are made of solid wood and are full length, leaving no gap at the bottom or the top and offering complete privacy for one's bathroom needs. When you're inside you feel like you're in your own private water closet. You can't see anyone waiting in line impatiently right outside and no one outside knows what you're up to inside, enabling a stress-free bathroom experience.

It is all just so sumptuous.

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