Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Room with a View

The weather on Friday convinced me not to go in search of family graves in the hinterlands of south Alabama. 
I ended up, instead, having lunch in Birmingham with a friend I met in San Francisco, back last October.
And enjoying happy hour and later dinner with some of the other authors and some of the organizers of Murder in the Magic City and Murder on the Menu.    

The weather is supposed to be better today when events get under way.

These pictures are from the place I stayed Thursday night. My current room offers a view of the swimming pool and a mall.

I know, I'm spoiled. And I'm here for the people -- who are terrific -- not the view.

 I miss my sunrises but I thought these towers in the mist were kind of eerie.
 
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15 comments:

Victoria said...

Glad you're enjoying your trip and visting with friends, even if the view isn't so great.

Hoping the weather will clear up before you have to leave...

Pat in east TN said...

The company of friends is always the best ... enjoy!

Brian Miller said...

ha yeah i can see where that might be a let down from your usual...have a fun saturday...

KarenB said...

Lovely to hear from you! Enjoy the conference and safe travels back home.

Friko said...

Your home is a lot more attractive.

Louise said...

Being away for a while always makes you cherish home more, I think.

Star said...

Nice to get away for a few days though! Enjoy your trip and get home safely!

Jill said...

Have a great trip! I know it is hard to leave paradise, but it does make you realize just how lucky you are. At least that is what I always think when I leave the homestead. Have fun!

Kristen Haskell said...

Towers in the Mist that would be a great title for a murder mystery, No? or historical murder mystery in say the highlands perhaps, castles and bagpipes?

Jon Lee said...

I would love to come to one of your workshops. I think your view is o.k. I know what you mean about a great view. We have had so much snow. Yesterday, I saw a coyote walking in the nature area behind my house. If you have time, look at my blog. I had a beautiful bird visit my bird feeder the other day. I think it's a woodpecker. What do you think?

Vicki Lane said...

Today's conference was fun. We caravan off to Wetumpka tomorrow for more blatant self promotion. I've enjoyed meeting readers and writers and have gotten some neat ideas... more on that in time...

The hotels are definitely comfortable -- it's just the sameness.

Kristen, TOWERS IN THE MIST is a great title. Elizabeth Goudge used it for a beautiful historical novel about Oxford.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

It's the people and the occasion that count in these kind of places.
I always get a bit disappointed when the expectations of a view are dashed.... like staying in a hotel next to the Grand canal in Venice... having a view of a courtyard at the back with the tourist sellers.

Vicki said...

It was great to see you this weekend! And the picture of the towers turned out very nicely. :)

Vicki Lane said...

Yes, J, it IS all about the people. And they made things terrific. I'll be posting a slide show about the weekend tomorrow or the next day.

Hey, Vicki Van V -- it was so nice to spend some time with you. (Still haven't heard anything about what we were discussing...drat.)

Tipper said...

Glad you're having a good time : )