2010-2011 Term Has Started

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Last week I saw a Charlie Rose show about the United States Supreme Court and it was fascinating. During the show they briefly touched on a few of the cases that the Supreme court currently has on their docket for the coming term.

I found this article which mentions five of the more interesting ones and when the arguments will be heard. Other cases that may be heard involve Obama’s healthcare reform and whether or not it is constitutional, terrorism and same sex marriage.

During the Charlie Rose show one of the guests mentioned the fact that last year the court had a case involving texting and because of the age of the justices they did not know what a text was much less had ever sent one.

The article mentions that one of the cases is Schwarzengger vs Entertainment Merchants which involves distribution of video games to those under age 18. Hmmmm – anyone wanna bet if any of the justices have ever played a video game ?

Advances In Hotel Shower Technology And The Lingering Impact Of Psycho

Has anyone else noticed the recent advances in hotel shower technology?  Unfortunately, they don’t involve shower nozzle height; there are still too many hotel showers that apparently were configured for the Mayor of the Munchkin City.  They also don’t address the issue of achieving water pressure beyond a limp trickle or the development of knobs that can be easily manipulated by the sleepy traveler to produce water that is comfortably between tepid and scalding.

No, the developments I’ve seen involve bowed-out shower rods that make the interior of the shower seem larger and the addition of partially or fully transparent shower curtains.

What is the reason for these developments?  Obviously, they are a delayed response to the deep trauma that watching Psycho has inflicted on us all.  Hotels have finally realized that every lathered traveler in a hotel shower fears that they are moments away from being chopped to bits by Tony Perkins and watching their blood and gore swirl down a black and white drain.  Both of the new hotel shower developments address these core concerns.  The transparent shower curtain allows for early detection of the crazed guy wearing his dead mother’s dress, and the bowed-out shower curtain affords the extra room needed to dodge the downward knife thrusts.  After all, a man wearing a heavy black floor-length dress is bound to be restricted in his movement, and the additional in-shower space should give the nimble traveler the opportunity to conduct meaningful evasive maneuvers.

Kudos to the hospitality industry for recognizing, even if belatedly, the profound anxieties of the American traveler and taking appropriate steps to address them!