Oooh, new people arriving. Looks like I will be the backdrop for another convention this weekend. I can always tell whether people come for fun or for work. There is a different energy. More chatter, fewer sighs. More late night movies, fewer slide shows.
I like when the the science fiction and fantasy folks meet here. They fill my halls with creative costumes. I like when sports teams stay overnight. They run up and down my halls. Such energy.
Of course buildings are alive. Air handling? Respiration. Electricity? Nerve signals. Elevators? Peristalsis. Okay, maybe I’m reaching a bit on that one. Really, we are a lot like people. We are born. We die. In between, we stay busy.
We watch. We gather data. We talk. We talk to each other. A lot. I mean, what else are we going to do? It’s not like we can take up kayaking.
Well, there is a condo on the north corner. Polite enough, but doesn’t have much to say other rest of the buildings on the block. Smug pile of bricks. As if a few extra stories and permanent residents makes a building special. That type of building is kind of a one-note wonder. They only do that thing. Do not get a condo building started on the subject of sublet agreements and condo fees. They will go on foreeeeever about it.
I’m a hotel. Hotels are about variety. People here for one night and people who have worked here for years. Rooms for every purpose. Offices. Kitchens. Bedrooms. Shops. I’ve got it all. From a pool in my basement to a pagoda on my roof.
Some of the new skyscrapers are a combination. Hotel on these floors. Offices on those floors. Can one building be everything to everybody? Although, I’d quite like to have my own dedicated observation deck. I wouldn’t let the fame go to my head. Probably.
Did you know the Empire State Building has a PR policy? Seriously. Even residents need to get “prior written approval” for photography in certain public spaces. There’s a building that has gotten too big for its square footage. ESB: Requests for Media, Photo Shoots and Film Crews
But I digress.
I like hearing from the other buildings on my block. Mostly small restaurant and shops. They are quick thinkers. Lots of comings and goings. We have no wall contact, but you can’t share a sewage system and not learn something about a building. Plus, I have my own shops and a restaurant. I understand about early morning deliveries and grease disposal arrangements.
Gotta go. Concert in the big function room.
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