We’ve successfully arrived in Dublin, after three flights and sprints through both the Pearson and Heathrow airports (long line at Tim Hortons and a shortage of available gates were respectively to blame). We’re staying at the Ashling Hotel, which is on the edge of downtown, but has a Luas station (Dublin’s newish tram system) right across the street).
After a long nap and a shower, I got to thinking about how domestic and appliance technology seems to have evolved differently in Ireland and Great Britain. It’s 2007, and they still can’t deliver hot and cold water out of the same tap. Okay, they can, but they rarely do. The shower has a modern-looking single jog-shuttle type knob that you twist to the left or right, but it’s a lie. You can either have a scalding or freezing shower, but nothing in between.
On the other hand, nearly every Irish hotel I’ve been in has two things that I almost never see in North America: a trouser press (a delightful invention, if you ask me) and a heated towel rack.
I guess our priorities are just different. Us North Americans like moderated water temperature, while the Irish prefer flat trousers and warm towels.
Tomorrow I’m giving a talk at and participating in BarCamp Dublin, then we’re staying out at an aiport hotel, because our flight to Carcassonne leaves at some ungodly hour of the morning.