Thursday, August 10, 2006
dispatch from montreal
(movie poster at Montreal subway station)
"I can't believe there isn't even WiFi in the rooms, and you have to pay $12 a day for a cable connection. This is so like the French."
"You know Quebec is actually, um, Canada."
"We wouldn't be getting this kind of crappy service if DeGaulle was still in charge here, I can tell you that."
Perhaps to allay the high price of Internet service here in Montreal, the American Sociological Association has set up a bank of computers in the convention center that allow you to access the Internet more generally in addition to the ASA messaging service. I clicked on the "Access Internet" link, and then in the URL bar typed "www.gmail.com" with the idea of perhaps checking my GMail account. Immediately GMail opened with the inbox of whomever had apparently had the idea of checking their GMail there before me. I decided I could wait until I was in my hotel room.
I'm sitting here working on my two presentations tomorrow and slurping a 7UP that I got out of the minibar. I would have preferred to save money and just get something out of a vending machine, but to get to vending machines in my hotel you have to take the elevator to the lobby, switch to another elevator, take that down to Level B, go down three flights of stairs, and there the machines are, in the underground parking garage. If you do make the trip, I would recommend realizing before you get down there that the machines will expect you to have Canadian currency.
All that said, earlier this evening I was having a drink with a friend--one met through blogging, no less--and we both agreed that we love ASAs.