Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Best Laid Plans and Scary Rooms

I'm sitting at Seatac airport in a fog so thick that I can only see a vague impression of a plane outside. However planes are actually taking off in this--I can hear noises. I just hope pilots can see runways....

This after a truly lovely evening in Seattle yesterday. My first evening off in ten days as I did a midday event--so I had the delight of walking along the waterfront, taking in the sparkling water, the smell of ocean and cooking seafood and simply feeling that all was right with the world.

Last night I had just gone to sleep when someone came into my room--okay, I'd fallen asleep early as I was still on Central Time. I leaped up and it was the maid, come to turn down the bed ( a little late, don't you think?). That was when I noticed that the picture on my wall was really scary with a spotlight on it--it shows a man with no face, almost lifesize. What are they thinking when they put Taliban warriors and now haunted people on hotel walls. Isn't the object to create a little oasis of calm? How about pictures of water lilies and beaches and mountains instead of clevere designer stuff that is unsettling to look at?

I'm curious to see what tonight's room will be like.


  1. I have been a fan of your writing for a long time. I loved the Evan Evans series and the Molly Murphy ones too. Would like to read the new series as I'm sure it will be equally as good.

  2. I agree with you about having calm, relaxing subjects in hotel room paintings.....even tho Art is in the eye of the beholder...if it makes the "beholder" scared, is it Art?

  3. I had the same feeling in a Disney hotel. The Donald Duck graphic looked like it was about to attack me in goose-like fashion. Everything in the room was Disney something-or-other. Some people might think that it's cute, but it freaked me out.