Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pool From My Past


I am presenting at a conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was startled to see this unusual indoor-outdoor pool when I checked into the hotel last night. I wasn't startled because of the unusual design where you can swim under the wall of the hotel, but rather because I recognized it from the misty distant past of my childhood.

When this Sheraton was new some 30 years ago, my mom, dad, sister and me visited here regularly so my father could attend PSEA board meetings. As a 10 year old, I haunted the halls, hung out in the whirlpool and generally made a nuisance of myself.

This week it's just a quick trip out, so last night I caught a half of football over some chicken fingers and went back to the room to prepare for today's presentation.  The food and bar were nothng to write home about.  The room, while nicely appointed has terribly thin carpet and the neighboring plumbing can be heard plainly.  It's a hotel that was built cheaply in the late 70s and the updates have not kept it quite up to what I think of as a Sheraton.

Thanks to Tom Carnwarth and everyone at the PA Datatel User's Group for having me and making me feel so welcome!

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