Lobby Bar – April 12: Nursery Rhymes, Mischievous Holidays, and ‘I’ll Take Falling Bridges for $500, Alex!’

By Anna Breuer on 12 April 2019
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Lobby Bar: An Irreverent Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views

Brexit as costume. Two days before the United Kingdom was scheduled to crash out of the European Union without a deal, the two parties came together and decided to stop the clock and schedule a party for Halloween.   Those coming as Brexiteers will undoubtedly tell others they must go, head towards the door, but actually never leave as the sign above the door cautions “No Way Out.”

Sit and stay. Another successful meeting of the American Service Society of Corporate Ambulatory Managers, or ASSCAM, took place on April 1. Attendees concluded that business travelers get too distracted during meetings, and walls should be erected around meeting rooms to ensure that members don’t wander off. The walls are electrified, and the password to turn off the current is on the last slide of the 137-page PowerPoint presentation.

Creating again. Jesse hops into his time machine and explores travel in Aprils throughout history. Find out how Jesse traveled to 1700 and ended up wreaking havoc in both the past and the future. Thankfully, he was able to explain his behavior by creating a holiday based on pranking people. And that, boys and girls, is how April Fool’s Day came to be.

Tower Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down…Anna Breuer borrows Jesse’s time machine and goes back to London in the 1600s, where, just like in modern day New York, infrastructure is crumbling.  She convinces the children of Ye Olde London Towne to sing “London Bridge is falling down” instead of what they were then singing and a hit that has lasted centuries was born.

Leave off the extra “n” for …. oh, never mind!Jonathan Spira takes out Jesse’s time machine when Anna returns and tries to convince developer and New York Post publisher Peter Kalikow not to leave one letter off the name of his new Millenium Hotel, telling him that the missing “n” will eventually be retuned.  Kalikow ignores his entreaties and the hotel, now called the Millennium Hilton New York Downtown, feels a bit foolish for reasons we are not completely free to disclose.

Jeremy Del Nero contributed to this Lobby Bar.

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