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Fungible fun at the SABR Convention
2007-07-26 16:37
by Bob Timmermann

Checking in from my room at the Adam's Mark Hotel in St. Louis, I am amazed by the hotel's description of its frequent guest program, which is stated on the key card.

"Join the Simplest, Most Fungible Valued Guest Program There Is."

Fungible! Now there's a word the boys in marketing must have liked it. But I like the hotel because when I checked in today, all they had left for me was a suite and for a few days I'm staying in a hotel room that is likely bigger than my own apartment. For starters, my apartment does not have a bar in it. Or four different types of chairs.

I started off my day taking a tour of Busch Stadium and also visited the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, which also shares space with the International Bowling Hall of Fame. I also attended an author's panel at the St. Louis Public Library, where I am glad I don't have to work because all the librarians wear matching red golf shirts. However, the 2007 World Series trophy is on display in the library, so they have that going for it over the library where I work.

I'll be contributing photos to a Flickr group as the convention goes on.



2007-07-26 17:14:06
1.   grandcosmo
This may be the first time I've seen you in a short sleeved shirt.

BTW, Did you get a pic of the Carmen Salvino display in the Bowling HOF?

2007-07-26 17:20:20
2.   Bob Timmermann
My camera could not properly capture the relief in Carmen Salvino's plaque.

My bowling score is classified.

If I ever golfed that, I would have been ecstatic.

2007-07-26 17:35:14
3.   D4P
While Bob is off galavanting in Frump Town, I was at the home of the Golden Domers. I found out (almost the hard way) that 40 miles west of the South Bend airport is in the Central time zone, while South Bend is in the Eastern.
2007-07-26 18:23:53
4.   Andrew Shimmin
Mandatory uniforms for librarians is the saddest thing I've heard all day. I usually really enjoy crossing picket lines, but that's one strike I'd honor.
2007-07-26 18:32:07
5.   Greg Brock
I'm waiting for the fried ravioli pictures.

Have some for me, Bob. But don't have a coronary.

2007-07-26 20:20:12
6.   Bob Timmermann
I had fried ravioli last night. I'm trying to think what I've eaten that isn't fried. I believe the state of Missouri is deep-fried.
2007-07-26 23:38:28
7.   Greg Brock
6 I went to visit my sister when she graduated J-School from Mizzou. I was amazed at the culinary norms in Missourah.

Lots and lots of fried stuff. I guess it's sufficiently South enough to do the whole "fry everything" deal.

I'd like to see a study on slave state vs. free state fried foods disparities. Isn't that what research universities are supposed to be doing?

2007-07-27 07:34:07
8.   110phil
If I could golf my bowling score I'd be happy too.
2007-07-27 10:29:28
9.   Humma Kavula
"The Adam's Mark: We put the fun in fungible!"
2007-07-27 11:31:47
10.   TellMeTheScoreRickMonday
I too recently stayed in an Adam's Mark (Buffalo) and laughed at the use of "fungible." What is especially funny to me about this program is that Adam's Mark has a total of SEVEN hotels in their system.

Fungible? Perhaps.

Practical, from a traveler's perspective, given alternatives like Starwood Preferred Guest, Hilton HHonors, and Marriott Rewards? Not even close.

2007-07-27 12:19:23
11.   mintxcore
i would like all librarians to be required to wear red and white checkered jerseys. always. on and off the clock.

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