Screaming Into The Abyss

Travel log, Day 10
By Ben Zvan
On August 29, 2005 at 17:53

I am a bad man.

Some of these hotels have the odd idea that fake plants will make people want to stay there. I try to point out that people are just going to show up and then be disappointed that there aren't any plants in their room. I tell them to expect calls from guest rooms by irate people saying "Your website shows plants in this room. Where are my plants?" and I ask them if they're prepared to put plants in every room where people ask for them. What I don't mention is that I think they're wasting my time moving these plants from room to room. I'm already there for 2 hours, I don't want to wait another 30 minutes for them to move fake plants around.

Anyway, the other day, someone had this "unique" idea again. Since the panoramas I take are a series of 12 photos in a circle, I have often moved objects like trash cans out of a shot and then moved them back again after I have moved on the the next angle. This time, I moved the plant so that it will be on the desk, night-stand, and table in the panorama. If I can remember which location it was, I'll post a link to the tour so you can see it once it's up.

I also had a sudden inspiration in a hotel restaurant while taking some still photos. I turned all of the Tobasco bottles in the room so that they faced the camera. And there will probably be several panoramas at a variety of hotels where you will be able to see my aluminum clipboard if you know where to look, but that was an accident and I almost feel bad about it.

Every night, after taking these pictures, I am supposed to upload the files to VR National using the hotel's high speed internet. Some hotels have been slow enough to take 8 hours to send one archive and some have been fast enough to send 4 files in one night. The place I'm at tonight is giving me a whopping 6.5 KB per second, that's almost as fast as dial-up folks! Sign up now! With 28 hours remaining on the upload, I don't think I'll be getting this one done on time either. The downstream speed doesn't seem all that bad though.

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