HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | AUGUST 2016 | BEING “AUGUST”
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HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | AUGUST 2016 | BEING “AUGUST”

HUMAN OF THE PFISTER (HOTP) AUGUST 2016 EDITION august = Latin augustus “venerable, majestic, magnificent, noble,” probably originally meaning “consecrated favorably by the augurs,” who were the religious officials in ancient Rome who foretold events by interpreting omens. I felt the most august when I had my first kid in 1990.  I was 26 and […]

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | AUGUST 2016 | Coming soon!
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HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | AUGUST 2016 | Coming soon!

July marked the first month of my HUMANS OF THE PFISTER (HOTP) series.  The theme: Life, Liberty, & Happiness. This second month of HOTP will focus on augustly stories of guests and visitors to The Pfister Hotel–of which there are sure to be plenty. As a preview of what’s to come, look for tales inspired by […]

Gallery Night: Interpreting the Textures in Our Lives
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Gallery Night: Interpreting the Textures in Our Lives

It is what it is.  Perception. It is what it is not.  Metaphor. My mother used to like to recount how one day in preschool, a classmate approached me and asked me, “What are you?”  Yes, “what” not “who.”  As my mother and teacher eavesdropped, I’m told that I (and this is all my mother, […]

People Pleasing People: A Farewell to Concierge Roc
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People Pleasing People: A Farewell to Concierge Roc

Since 1998, Rocman “Roc” Whitesell graced the Concierge desk with his kindly face, attentive eye, impeccable manners, quick-witted problem-solving, and, of course, his ability to create memorable stories with the Hotel’s most intriguing and interesting guests.  “Have him tell you the story about Johnny Depp.  Has he told you the one about the Duchess of […]

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

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | JULY 2016 | Continued
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HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | JULY 2016 | Continued

It’s all about connectivity.  For example, the local urban agricultural scene.  It’s not just about growing food in urban settings.  The real essence of it is individuals and communities taking back ownership of their lives through local employment, creating a community system that feeds itself, literally and figuratively.  It’s about creating conditions for this to […]

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | JULY 2016 | Continued
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HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | JULY 2016 | Continued

More than anything, I treasure my friendships.  I love taking care of my girlfriends.  I’m married, and I love him, and that’s all fine and dandy.  But as you get older, you need your friends more and more.  When you’re in your 20’s, you think and talk about stupid shit.  I mean, we’re not talking […]

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | JULY 2016 | Continued
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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 […]

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | JULY 2016 | Continued
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HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | JULY 2016 | Continued

Two buddies from college in Indiana attended a wedding of a friend at the Milwaukee Art Museum this past weekend.  They both spoke about the happiest moments in their lives.  Guess which one is which. 🙂 Brian: People think I’m the ‘Wedding Grinch.’  But the happiest day of my life was calling my wedding off 17 […]

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | JULY 2016 | Continued
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HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | JULY 2016 | Continued

JULY 2016 EDITION When do you feel most alive?   When do you feel the freest?   How do you pursue happiness?   Feel free to send me a photo and an anecdote (more questions here) to hotelnarrator@gmail.com! The following letter was sent to me by Marie Foote, who divides her time between San José, Costa Rica, and Denver: “Hello Dominic, […]