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Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Dave!As usual, my flight home from Pittsburgh was insanely early. The up-side being that between my ass-crack-of-dawn flight and the time change from Eastern to Pacific, I arrived back in Seattle at noon. The plan was to see a movie... maybe have dinner with a friend... possibly exchange the power adapter for my laptop... all the little things I never seem to have time for anymore.

But nooooooo... I grabbed a quick lunch, checked into my hotel, then called it a day.

Or so I thought.

Since every hotel in Seattle I could afford was full-up, I had to stay far south of the city in a remote hotel that's not very accommodating to the business traveler. Or any traveler, really. My room smelled like a combination of vomit, mold, and burning hair. I thought that was about as bad as it could get... until I found out there was no WiFi. All internet access is via ethernet cable.

Except modern computers, like my MacBook Pro, don't have an ethernet port.

Which meant I had to drive to the Apple Store so I could purchase a $30 ethernet-to-thunderbolt adapter... AND some ethernet cable with an RJ45 coupler so I could extend the cable to the bed so I could at least work comfortably.

Dinner was at Subway, because apparently I hate myself.

But don't go being finished feeling sorry for me yet...

When you exit the bathroom in my hotel room, you turn right to head back to your bed. If you walk straight ahead, you end up in the closet. Which happens to be behind by a giant door that's entirely covered by a mirror. In the daylight, this is not a big deal. But in the middle night when the room is dark and you're half asleep... some kind of optical illusion happens where you can't tell it's a mirror. Which meant I ended up walking into the thing not once... but twice! The first time I hit with the side of my face. Lesson not learned, the second time my nose smashed flat into it. I hit so hard that I thought for sure I broke it, but apparently my nose will live to smell another day.

Which is in two hours.

What are the odds I can get a little sleep before my alarm goes off?

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  1. Sucks Man.

    Though you totally have a claim against Apple for dropping an industry standard networking port from their latest products thereby forcing you into actions that you would not have needed to attempt otherwise. 😛

    • Daver says:

      Uhhhh… not even a little bit. This is the first time in years I’ve needed an ethernet port, and I would MUCH rather have a thinner, beautiful laptop than a machine that’s all clunky because they shoved an ethernet port in it! This is 2014. I absolutely blame the hotel… not Apple!

  2. martymankins says:

    A hotel without wifi? Even the cheap places like Days Inn and Budget Suites have wifi. Sad this hotel couldn’t think of spending the money for a cheap router to supply their guests with a connection.

    As for the ethernet, it’s purpose for stationary places like the home or office still has a connection advantage over wifi, but it’s just not practical for traveling anymore. Even though my carry on bag still has a 10 ft cable for those “just in case” scenarios.

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