30 Mar 2015

Two Texans

Two Texans

Two Texans, architectural engineers, college students, conference attendees named Shannon and Michaela want me to write them love letters for their boyfriends.   Shannon lovingingly describes her boyfriend, Ryan, as “a sarcastic ass always picking on me and my big head!” She goes on to say she met him at a country club dance hall four and […]

24 Mar 2015

A Mud Bath, Followed With An Insult

A Mud Bath, Followed With An Insult

A few months into my job at the Pfister I learned something very interesting:   If you want, the spa will give you a bowl of clay to go with a hot steam shower. Yes, with this spa offering, you can temporarily remake yourself as an exquisite porcine figure, steamed on a spit, enjoying the mud bath […]

21 Mar 2015

Coke A Cola and the Meanderthal

Coke A Cola and the Meanderthal

When I first discovered Coke’s name to be Coke, I admit, I was taken aback with the fact that it is the unusual title for this amiable human I often see in the lobby. But Coke is used to the awe of people discovering his name, and ups the intrigue by telling you, “Actually, I’m […]

16 Mar 2015

Whispering, 1925

Whispering, 1925

My term as Pfister narrator is almost up, so yesterday I finally booked a room.  My best friend Jessie drove in from Ann Arbor for the occasion.   Jessie promptly plopped on the plush puff bed as soon as we had entered and perused our room, #332. She then jumped to action and made us a to-do list. We […]

4 Mar 2015

About Life, About Mystery

About Life, About Mystery

The shop window on Wisconsin Avenue is empty.  Inside the glass room is a door that leads to the darkness.  The combination of this darkness door, the street lights reflected in the glass and the promise that the blank space will be filled up one day again, instills in me a wild excitement.  Truly!           […]

13 Dec 2014

The Short Man

The Short Man

A guest in the lobby told the following story that took place over thirty years ago. He told me four other stories similar to this in the period of an hour.   I get a phone call from Short Man, troche he wants to see me. We were best friends in high school in the […]