Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What the Internet Cannot Do

An email to me after using an automatic booking system:
A kind note about calling the hotel "just to be sure":
Please do not call your hotel "to be sure" until after 03/25/2012. Please understand that processing your reservations from the Housing Bureau into the Hotel system will take a few days. Rest assured that if you have received a confirmation number already from the Housing Bureau, the hotel will honor your booking. Thank you for your consideration.
People don't yet feel that what they are doing with their computers is a sure thing.

I'll be in Philadelphia for a few days at the start of April. I have had a smidge of travel advice already, more is welcome.

25 comments:

fish said...

On a nice day, if you are already going to the Waterworks, going down to Boathouse Row and watching the rowers go by is quite pleasant.

Also too, skip the cheesesteaks and go for the hoagies.

Substance McGravitas said...

It's likely that I will be unable to skip a cheesesteak, but a hoagie may be in the picture.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I'll be broadcasting live from Lost Wages in a week and change, barring problems.
~

Mendacious D said...

"Just to be sure" is a strange name for a hotel.

Substance McGravitas said...

The only time I was in Las Vegas was when I was delayed a day. It was hell, but it was funny getting off the plane and seeing passengers race to the first slot-machine they could find.

Mendacious D said...

Hell is other airports. At least McCarran has a Cinnabon.

Substance McGravitas said...

Oh, I made my way into town and to the strip.

Not for me, I think.

mikey said...

Claim to be an Eagles fan.

Don't bother making the same claim about the seventy sixers. Nobody would believe you...

Substance McGravitas said...

I remember Dr. J and Moses Malone and Charles Barkley and Maurice Cheeks...and an onion on my belt.

el Manquécito said...

fish is ahead of me, there is much wisdom in that hoagie article. If you tell me your neighborhood I'll tell you where to get the cheezstake, the entire Philly area is spread out but has terrific potential for sammiches. One of the fellers in my band is from the burbs and will be here later this month, his knowledge of great lunches is encyclopaedic.

Substance McGravitas said...

I'm gonna be right by City Hall, so I'm in a good position to walk anywhere. AND I WILL.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Please do not call your hotel "to be sure" until after 03/25/2012

Nuke it from orbit... it's the only way to be sure

Also too, skip the cheesesteaks and go for the hoagies.

Yeah, try to find a place that does roast pork with provolone and greens. There's also a tiny little place off the big Southside Italian Market that sells great tripe sandwiches- the guy hands them to you through a tiny little window. The market is awesome as well.

vacuumslayer said...

Oh, and I'm totally jealous you will have access to an authentic Philly cheesesteak. Butthead.

fish said...

I'm tellin ya, the cheesesteaks aren't all that. I mean they are fine and all, but the Italian delis are unbelievable.

vacuumslayer said...

To be sure, the Internet is a big scary place where meanings get lost...so you never can be sure.

Neat song.

vacuumslayer said...

THE INTERNET MADE ME MESS UP! See? Internet cannot be trusted!

Substance McGravitas said...

I'm tellin ya, the cheesesteaks aren't all that. I mean they are fine and all, but the Italian delis are unbelievable.

I am weak for fat plus Cheez Whiz. People elsewhere in the world keep trying to pick good cheese for the Philly cheesesteak and no No NO!

fish said...

Wit wiz.

Substance McGravitas said...

Seafood traditions are different there too. You don't see things like crab cakes an awful lot here.

fish said...

Because we don't have those awesome Dungeness crabs. The blue crabs are great, but a pain to eat (unless you have about 6 hours and a keg of beer) so we "pay" migrant workers to shell them for us and eat them in cakes.
Those get better about an hour and a half south in B'more though...

fish said...

Also too, Old Bay Seasoning is the greatest thing ever in greatness.

Substance McGravitas said...

Still, I recall being pretty happy with the crab cakes and mussels at some Italian place with a screen door...

fish said...

To me, this is the gold standard.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

he blue crabs are great, but a pain to eat (unless you have about 6 hours and a keg of beer) so we "pay" migrant workers to shell them for us and eat them in cakes.

Yeah, it's a lot of work, messy work, for a little meat (though it's divine). I had a housemate who'd go crabbing and he'd bring back a bucketful of the suckers. We'd all put on grubby clothes and go to town on those crustaceans.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

he blue crabs are great, but a pain to eat (unless you have about 6 hours and a keg of beer) so we "pay" migrant workers to shell them for us and eat them in cakes.

Yeah, it's a lot of work, messy work, for a little meat (though it's divine). I had a housemate who'd go crabbing and he'd bring back a bucketful of the suckers. We'd all put on grubby clothes and go to town on those crustaceans.