Lobby Bar – May 1: Danish Existentialism, Rosebud, Meatloaf, and Spaceley Sprockets
The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Paradise by the Dashboard Lights. Paul Riegler checked into the Hotel Skt. Petri in Copenhagen. At last report, he was said to have found the sparse Danish modernism so inspiring that he is still locked in the room, listening to Carl Nielsen symphonies while nursing a bottle of akvavit and studying the collected works of Søren Kierkegaard.
Time Cop. Jesse Sokolow fires up his time machine to visit the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Wilbur Wright’s deathbed, and the grand opening of the Palace Hotel in Lucerne. He gets embroiled in a Pinkerton investigation and helps apprehend notorious serial killer Dr. H.H. Holmes, but newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane beats him to the story.
500 years of democracy and peace. Karin Sun visits post-war Geneva and takes in its easy charm. After a strange encounter with a kitten, she goes shopping for cuckoo clocks but is disappointed to find that they are actually made in the Black Forest.
Meet Jonathan Jetson. FBT’s intrepid editorial director borrows Jesse’s time machine and travels to the year 2062 to learn about the future of home automation. Rit rwas ra rood rip, re reported, runtil re ridnapped Rosie rand rended rup rin Rorbit Rity Rail.
We are sinking – part deux. The TSA is opening its PreCheck trusted traveler program to non-U.S. airlines. In other news, large contingents of TSA security checkpoint agents were seen at Berlitz centers trying to register for Canadian, eh?
Transport Tycoon. Hamad International Airport opened on reclaimed land in the Arabian Gulf in Qatar. In related news, the Emir and his father, who have been playing a real-life version of Sim City in Doha for the past decade, announced that 231 architects will design skyscrapers over the entire Arabian Gulf.
This Lobby Bar also includes attempts at humor from Paul Riegler and Jonathan Spira.
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