Oh yes, the Charles Hotel, having arrived at the hotel post dinner with great surprise and relief our luggage and my deodorant were safely delivered to our room. The hotel is a very posh. A large eiderdown type bed in Boston Massachusetts is an anomaly. The bed in fact is so big and so American that I have to take a taxi to get to the other side. I must’ve lost Diana at least three times during the night. The hotel was exceedingly helpful in helping us over come our lost and found situation. The down side of the Charles Hotel s their fire alarm which all started at about 1:30 AM and no one certain terms. The room fire alarm is a 300 decibel speaker. It went off not once, but three times to encourage guaranteed insomnia. If that didn’t work the hotel apologized at least 18 times post each event. This is not fake news, but it might be a Russian plot after all we are in America. Diana slept through the last alarm sequence.
Fire alarms want you to leave the building. Being in a somewhat lethargic state I did not leap out of bed, nor did I leap down to the front lobby scantily clad in a pair of boxer shorts. This of course preserved my dignity and was perhaps a considerate conclusion for the other guests. No one wants to see me naked.
Think of it this way, I saved a major international exhibit from being over exposed by not following fire alarm. No, I stayed snuggled in the bed and put the pillow over my head and said “fuck off” . The third adventure with the fire alarm seemed to be excessive. I have no idea why public address systems or those in control insist on apologizing about everything seven times.
I suggested to the manager that they should give us a free breakfast at which he laughed uncontrollably. As you can see, they were not at all sympathetic.
We walked over to the ALI officies for a computer sign-up process. Harvard seems to take Security to an extreme level. I must’ve entered my password no less than 28 times with a very nice young accommodating PhD student helping me walk through this process. I assure you, to complete this process nothing less than a PhD is required. I now have a Harvard ID.
Wow, anything dealing with the Internet and security is completely exaggerated. The young student helpers were always courteous and helpful suggesting that Security was of prime concern for older students as you will never remember a 16 digit totally made up word. I now have a password that includes all variations of the keyboard. Will I remember it? No ! Help…
Now, I find it hard to remember my mothers first name let alone a Harvard password. It is of course secure, primarily from its intended user.
We are then back to our rooms to freshen up to be ready for the initial classroom exercise at the Harvard business school.
Remember education is a business and Harvard is very good at selling you the program. The first third of the lecture was how great Harvard is. The second third is how great the cohort is. The last third is how great the Harvard Business School is. Of course every thing at Harvard uses acronyms, just to confuse the uninitiated. HBS could stand for a number of less attractive words.
This cohort, who I must say, are very bright, accomplished and very talented. Quite frankly, I shouldn’t even be here. One member of the cohort is the first female Prime Minister of Peru. I find it hard to travel in these circles. I am, but a mere simple Canadian peasant.
Dinner was sponsored by ALI which was good and included an acceptable California red.
The overall day was fascinating. The downside, I lost $250 out of my wallet. Really dumb. I do hope some impoverished MBA student found it and it makes her day a little better.
Off to bed.