Best Care Anywhere

Yeah, I know that was the motto of the 4077th M*A*S*H, but in this case the best care anywhere was provided by Fandom Fest — specifically Stephen Zimmer heading the Literary Track — and the Marriott Courtyard in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

Fandom Fest has not always been a happy thing. And sometimes the hotel was meh. But this year was pretty terrific.

We didn’t sell as much as we did last year, probably because we weren’t next to powerhouse Tony Acree, who could sell hot sauce in hell. As it was, six of our sales were due to Tony bringing customers to us. He’s such a mensch!

This year, we stayed at the Marriott Courtyard Downtown and it was GREAT. The ladies working the desk all three days we were there were friendly and warm — genuinely so, not with that fake show-your-teeth-and-call-it-a-smile friendlishness that are just part of doing business. Everybody we dealt with there, including the cleaning staff and any staff we just happened across, treated us like human beings. These are the ladies who made us feel absolutely at home.

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Wilma and Iman

How nice were they? We’re now Facebook friends, that’s how nice.

Here’s the view from our third-floor BALCONY.view*sigh* Miss that room. It was nice.

It’s Tuesday, so I’m posting at Fatal Foodies, today on the subject of penne with homemade spaghetti sauce (kinda sorta).

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Put a character into a hotel room.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Best Care Anywhere

  1. Jane

    August 5, 2014 at 9:40am

    So…who did you see? What costumes knocked you out? How muany gee-gaws did you buy????

    Once upon a time, come co-workers and I were sent to Chicago for a 3-day…uh oh, THREE DAY TOUR???…training session. We stayed on the Miracle Mile. The multi-story shopping mall, food court, etc. was just across the open space from us that’s left by the underpinnings of the Sears Tower. It has swoopy-like flying buttress-y bottom parts, and, you know, the two antennae on the top. There was a big cathedral just down the street.

    I was on the 25th floor in an extremely well laid out, spacious room that had a view to die for. Ceiling to almost floor windows on one wall showed the fanciest part of the city to every advantage, day or night.

    I could see the ferris wheel from the signature Chicago river shore amusement park (and the lake beyond), the entirety of a nearby 19th century 20 story building with a gingerbreaded penthouse and really intricate brickwork and window treatments even on the floors that high up, and I could look across several blocks into units where people lived with full-glass exterior walls and didn’t even pull their curtains!

    What place to visit! What a hassle to live there!

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      Marian Allen

      August 5, 2014 at 1:02pm

      That hotel was totally FTW, Jane! The only thing that would have improved it would have been the Ferris Bueller parade stopped below your balcony.

      I’ll post the pictures I took, but I didn’t buy ANYTHING. I couldn’t believe it. One of the benefits — if “benefits” is the word I want — of having so much you want to buy that you can’t make up your mind.

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