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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Huh? wha... ?!

My flight from one coast of the Subcontinent to the other landed after midnight, followed by an hour drive to my hotel in a suicidal taxi.   I think drivers here use their car horns the way dolphins and bats use sonar (i.e. for echo-location). 

I checked into the hotel, showered, and finally fell into bed by 2:00AM (after making sure to arrange a wake up call so I wouldn't miss my morning meeting).

The neat thing is that when I asked for my wake up call, the hotel clerk asked if I would also like a follow-up call in case I fell back to sleep (they must know me)... as well as how long a delay I wanted before the follow up call.


The next question was even kewler;  "Would you like a pot of fresh brewed coffee and a newspaper delivered to the room with the follow-up wake-up call?"

Aaaaand the survey says: Yes.  Yes I would!

I went instantly to sleep, confident that my morning would be pleasant, albeit too soon.

After what felt like 30 seconds I was jarred awake by a knocking at the door.  I couldn't see my watch in the darkness (the heavy drapes were still drawn), so I got out of bed and stumbled to the door to peek through the peep hole.

Standing there in the hallway was a uniformed room service attendant with a coffee tray and a folded newspaper.  All I could figure through the fog was that I must have slept through two wake up calls, so I let the guy in... gave him a small tip and sat down to have my coffee and figure out how late I actually was.

When I could finally focus on my watch (two cups later) I realized that it was still 20 minutes before my first scheduled wake-up call! 

Apparently they are still working the kinks out of the coordination between the wake-up service and the room service folks. 

Oh well, it was a nice thought.  And the coffee is actually excellent.  But I really could have used that extra 20 minutes (plus the 15 minute roll-over period before the second call).

I guess I'll check out the Cricket scores and Bollywood gossip in the 'Hindustan Times'.

Posted by David Bogner on January 20, 2010 | Permalink


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nu, so did you complain?

It's like a gift of time when you suddenly have extra. OK so you would have preferred the sleep.

Posted by: Batya from Shiloh | Jan 20, 2010 1:06:56 PM

at least they sweetened the early wake up with coffee. it's the thought that counts???

Posted by: Hadassah | Jan 20, 2010 1:43:03 PM

They were asking if you liked the IDEA of precisely synchronized calls, reminders and deliveries.

Posted by: Ari | Jan 20, 2010 4:19:33 PM

That's a great way to start the day - delivered coffee... aaaah. Just don't expect that kind of treatment at home! ;)

Posted by: val | Jan 20, 2010 4:53:01 PM

love the dolphin analogy- needed the chuckle -

Posted by: roberti | Jan 20, 2010 4:59:44 PM

Better early than late and better you than I to be woken up early. ;)

Posted by: Jack | Jan 20, 2010 5:54:41 PM

One sure way to make Bogner holla
Is a too-early visit by the Coffee-Wallah.

Posted by: Elisson | Jan 20, 2010 5:55:09 PM

Thanks for spending a few of those extra minutes on us. :-)

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Jan 20, 2010 6:43:48 PM

Glad to see you're spending those extra minutes soaking up some real culture-the Cricket, of course

Posted by: Bryan | Jan 21, 2010 12:29:05 AM

I recommend you carry Vladimir Nabokov's Speak, Memory in your travellers read pack - quite the motivation for a good read and insomnia. :-)

Posted by: Rami | Jan 21, 2010 2:07:40 AM

Val: Spoken like a woman who knows his wife quite well! (tee, hee!)

Rami: I LOVED Speak, Memory think it may even be in our current library.... I have recommended it to him before...

Posted by: zahava | Jan 21, 2010 10:21:34 AM

I think Zahava ordered the REAL wake-up call ;)

Posted by: Yeshara | Jan 22, 2010 12:03:33 PM

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