I’ve been incommunicado this week on vacation in the Berkshires, in western Massachusetts. My wife introduced me to Tanglewood in 2000, before we got married, and we’ve gone there every summer since then, except for last year. It’s a peaceful place, with rolling hills, interesting museums, and pleasant driving.
We stayed at Vacation Village in the Berkshires. It’s a development of low-rise apartments in the mountains. The place was described as having a ‘mountain view,’ but only by technicality: it looked out on the driveway and the buildings on the other side of the street. It was neat and clean, but the place is apparently run by MBAs: you’re charged $20 to have the maid fix up your room, $50 if you leave a mess, and $150 if you stay beyond the 10:00 am check-out time. Evidently, the concept of actual hospitality seems to elude them.
There was wireless Internet access in the lobby, but when I tried to sign on to harderworld.com to write a post, it didn’t work. So I gave up: after all, I’m on vacation.