15 Sep 2016

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | SEPTEMBER 2016 | Back-to-School edition | “Is That All There Is?”

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | SEPTEMBER 2016 | Back-to-School edition | “Is That All There Is?”

In between his sets at the Mason Street Grill this Monday–where he plays every Monday from 5:30-9pm–Chicago jazz pianist Joel Burt and I talked a little about his musical journey and, using a bit of interpretive poetic license, about the most important question any learner can ask: “Is that all there is?” Getting here has […]

6 Sep 2016

We’re Going to Get Out of This: LSU Fans Reflect on Fixing the Floods and More

We’re Going to Get Out of This: LSU Fans Reflect on Fixing the Floods and More

I’ve never seen the Lobby Lounge as crowded as it was last Friday afternoon.  The night before, a streak (which is what a group of tigers is called) of Louisiana State University fans descended upon The Pfister and other local hotels, eating and drinking their way to Saturday morning’s mass bus ride to Lambeau Field. […]

29 Aug 2016

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | AUGUST 2016 | Being “August” | Continued

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | AUGUST 2016 | Being “August” | Continued

This is a friend of the Spunky Bohemian.  She shared an august story about an auspicious decision and a funky house bar: About 22 years ago, my husband I packed up all our stuff and moved from Madison to San Diego in ten days.  We heard that there were jobs for us out there that paid […]

25 Aug 2016

Cordial of Wisdom | August 2016

Cordial of Wisdom | August 2016

Last month I offered the first “Cordial of Wisdom” from behind the bar in the Lobby Lounge, featuring the imaginative, pun-laden, talismanic words of wisdom of Val, who has been with the Hotel for decades.  Today, I offer you Thomas.  At first, he smiled and said, with so much conviction, “I think I’m too young to […]

27 Jul 2016

COMING SOON! A SPECIAL RETIREMENT TONIGHT, PLUS THE TEXTURES OF GALLERY NIGHT . . .

COMING SOON!  A SPECIAL RETIREMENT TONIGHT, PLUS THE TEXTURES OF GALLERY NIGHT . . .

STAY TUNED! Rocman “Roc” Whitesell retires from The Pfister Hotel tonight at 10:00 pm after 18 years of service as Concierge.  I got a chance to talk to him a few hours before he hung up his uniform.  Roc affirmed in my a belief in and celebration of ignorance–there is so much that we don’t know […]

22 Jul 2016

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | JULY 2016 | Continued

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | JULY 2016 | Continued

This woman is a state legislator from North Dakota.  She and her husband were enjoying some sit-at-the-bar time after a long week for her at a Council of State Governments conference. We are happiest when we travel.  We were in Dublin this spring, and this fall, we’re going to Iceland then London.  One of our […]