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Michael Dunne

The title is kind of misleading. The article needed to look at entire brands/chains that have been in operation for a while, and cover the country. Not one hotel and one brand getting launched.
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That being said, I try to stay at Red Roof and HoJos properties, because they are economical (being cheap & wanting to keep T&E down), and many of them are dog friendly. That is my identity politics - with those who accepts dogs, to mitigate kennel boarding costs.

Hominem te memento

I noticed this in Trump's Soho hotel in NYC this past summer. I am not a Trump supporter but was attracted to the hotel because of a good deal and quality rooms. It was only after staying the night that I started to feel askance glances from the diverse staff and the overall air of uneasiness - an odd stay to say the least.

CaptainRon

Passed over very quickly in the article is that foreign diplomats are feeling pressure to stay at Trump hotels to curry favor. Another reason to impeach.

Michael Dunne in reply to CaptainRon

Even without pressure, I have to assume some governments around the world would consider that an approach to curry favor. Nothing against Trump, just something people would do (like to get access, stand out and attract favor, etc.).

Michael Dunne

Seems like a bit of a silly article, using one hotel and some new brand to make a mountain out of a molehill. Didn't you know you need to follow the rule of three - have three examples - to contrive a trend?
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I was expecting maybe data showing Americans aligning their choices by particular hotel brand/family of hotels due to political associations (say like where they choose to move and live according to some theories, or go eat, when it comes to fast/casual dining).
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Instead you have at this point 2 hotels in Washington DC. One is associated with an unpopular, voluble, ill-mannered President, where that office holder has some sort of financial interest in the entity - In a city dedicated to policy making, governance, and the rawer forms of politics (lobbying, demagogy, propaganda, patronage, etc.). So, yeah, no kidding there may be controversy and people may be quicker to make a choice about reservations (the percentage invested in a political view/political action is probably relatively higher than in most medium to large cities).
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Then you point out another brand that has yet to be in business. And its more like new-age, yuppie, sanitary hippie kind of marketing. Like:
"alternative therapies ranging from reiki and acupuncture to crystal healing; and immersive, sensory experiences including infrared saunas, sound baths and shamanic journeys. "
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Although I am not sure this is specific to any band of the political spectrum: "Eaton Hotel offers provocative content and programming"
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There may be a market for that, in DC and some other cities? There maybe not? I don't know, but doesn't yet look like a trend (like for a theoretical example, attempting to generalize that blue collar Trump voters will stay at Hojos, reviving its fortunes, while liberals with kids prefer Holiday Inn, and then back that up with data).
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By the way, why didn't you look at Mar-a-Lago, to work on a 3rd example (and that rule of 3?)?

ashbird in reply to Michael Dunne

I agree with your point. Michael. 100%
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Notice my stand-alone post, first in time sequence, addresses the business model of what the article describes, which I think is pretty neat, along with my own description of Trump Hotel, DC - some cons (their macaroons, at least when I had them, really were stale) and some pros (spacious rooms and clean linen).And not expensive for the location.
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Others were all "in reply's".
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Before I knew it, I was drawn into a veritable culture war. If you note the time sequence of my "in-reply's", the first was "Pale Book Worms" for "Liberals" - where on earth does that notion come from?? Liberals are "pale bookworms??!!" Do you, would you, Michael, know??
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Then this quaint locust (the correct Spanish to English translation) wrote this peculiar long thing about Birds. Not his first time. This is his 8th time. Previously they were red cardinals and blue jays. The peculiar man appears to have a bird fetish of some sort of clinical proportions, which he can't help making an exhibition of on TE forums. You never know what you'd encounter on TE forums. A mighty exciting place if you need an vacation from serious work

Michael Dunne in reply to ashbird

Pale, sickly, detached from the world (books smarts, but no street smarts), weak, an egg head. Or just denigrate the target as a "fag" (a prosaic junior high school level kind of rhetoric - but used before by congressmen - see Congressman Bob Dornan).
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That kind of verbal imagery/themes has been around for a long time - with emphasis on kids/people not getting out, staying shut away, socially awkward, etc. Like with Adlai Stevenson back in the 1950s (called an egghead). `
Like with John Randolph making fun of Yankees agreeing to a compromise over slavery in the mid-19th century (and presumably looking pale while doing it).
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Then you had folks make fun of John Quincy Adams (contrasted against say an Andrew Jackson), especially with his suggestions for things like government support for astronomical observatories.
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Same possibly with folks who sang ditties making fun of Thomas Jefferson's fossil discoveries, like the Megalonyx (a ground sloth).

ashbird in reply to Michael Dunne

I see. Thanks a million, Michael. I really really mean it. This is one enlightening lesson I shall never forget.
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How many years ago were Bob Dornan, Stevenson, Randolph, and.... Holy Moses, John Qunicy Adams and Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, etc? You mean they have all come back to life and haunt the pages of TE forums volunteering to be targets for dart throwing? Jeeeeeeez, this stuff is more profound than I could ever imagine. How many chances at reincarnation do these folks get?? Howcome Washington isn't there? Too tall or something, or no dandruff?

Michael Dunne in reply to ashbird

Just a particular form of rhetoric, contrasting an opposition with a concept of "real people" that persists in one form or another, in certain loosely connected political subcultures, over the ages. Usually involving language that crops up with a wide swathe of junior high school boys (which often gets retained in high school and college, and maybe retained in some form later on in life with a meaningful subset).
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George didn't get thrown in there - He eventually proved a successful general, with the help of the French and others. And yes, big guy.
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Bet he had other worries beside dandruff (lice?) considering bathing habits back then.

ashbird in reply to Michael Dunne

I see. "A particular form of rhetoric".
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Now that's worth learning about.
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But how old are these posters now???? Are they 200 year old returning from the past, or 20 years old junior high school kids, flunk-outs, drops-outs, dope addicts, or AWOL lunatics or what? Why are they so hostile to anyone who is: A) poorer then they, B) richer than they, and C) Better educated than they? Why do they keep spewing the kind of nonsense they spew? Liberals and Conservative come in all colors, sizes, wealth, or lack of wealth, and certainly genders and races and faiths. What on earth is the matter with them that they are ONLY able to see ALL THINGS in the world as EITHER ALL THIS PHANTOM or THAT PHANTOM. NOTHING they say is real. Are they deliberately joking, or seriously halluncinating, or, as others have observed, jsut trolls, and some Russian trolls.
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These Qs have to be asked. Because the utterances of these folks make no sense. There isn't even a baseline opinion (forget facts, facts belong to another planet for these folks) you can put your finger on for an agreement or disagreement. They simply spew things that don't make any sense. What is that all about???
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I have an appt to rush to. I read your answer when I return. Thanks, Michael.

Michael Dunne in reply to ashbird

certain views in some shape and form, seem to just get past down.
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Now using the label "liberal" to knock something that is disliked is a rhetorical tactic that was purposefully developed in the 1980s. See Lee Atwater talking about how issues needed to be "abstracted" in order to gain resonance in the mainstream, while currying support in the south.
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In this case, the label "liberal" became a substitute in rhetoric for the southern strategy, for the old segregationist terms of the 1940s/1950s/1960s - would look odd today to call someone a communist for being against segregation now (but not back then).
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A more spiteful word that "liberal" may have been intended as a substitute for is "n - lover" (n-expletive plus lover).
That was a powerful insult in the era of immediate postwar era and the fight for desegregation.
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See recording of Lee Atwater's 1981 interview (you have to scroll down to it):
https://www.thenation.com/article/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-i...
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But also evokes other certain perceptions/biases - like pro big-government, bureaucrats that are out of touch, silverspoon doo-gooders, etc. - that are broadly held in America, not just the south.

Duckdodger

Trump International Hotel Washington, it’s emolumental!

ashbird in reply to Duckdodger

Totally.
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Don't worry. That's next after the Russian thing. The more brazen things get, the lighter the burden of proof. And they will go that direction, b/c the bad guys are getting desperate.
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As far as the trolls, they don't care, they get paid per nonsense post. Notice these folks never have anything to say except ad hominem innuendos, insults and epithets.
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God knows America does not deserve this. It was a great country. Let's hope all this will pass. I think they will. Just need a little patience. Crooks can only fool some of the people some of the time, not all the people all of the time,

Barracuda008

For many many years, we have suffered a massive indoctrination by the lefty establishment to what they call "culture" and to their point of view that does not tolerate deviation. This has created an immense reaction in many intelligent/reasonable people and bigots. The result has been a massive "cultural" segmentation of the population that has created immense opportunities for business and smart operators.
Cultural factors matter to innovation and economic growth, and trying to show that they do matter in a fact-based, empirical manner, is quite different from trying to stoke the fires of the culture wars. My honest best sense of the culture wars is that in an environment so hotly ideologically and politically charged we need more, not less, objective research on these matters and a lot more of this wars to create a balance after so many years of lefty/bohemian predominance.

Andruze

I wonder if there is a fake news channel at the Trump hotel?

Sir Alex is gone long live Sir Alex

In other news, when filling out the checkin card at the Eaton hotel guests will be given a choice of 17 genders to reflect the fluid nature of gender identity.

ashbird in reply to Michael Dunne

ROTFL!!!
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Klinefelter syndrome and hand size!! I think arm reach should also be studied. A series of recent photos show big hand may be correlated with short cross-arm handshakes. The guy actually grimaced in pain.
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Re wierd stuff, ain't nothin' beats TE community forums.
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How do you beat "Mentally Ill ugly pale book worms liberals on welfare owing $200,000 student loan"? I know Paris Hilton is plenty tanned, not a book worm, generally considered not ugly, probably not on welfare and certainly do not have a $200,000 student loan. Where do these posters come from, do you know, Michael? I know you are not a great Trump fan, though not as much anti- as most anti's, but are you a Mentally Ill pale bookworm, ugly, on welfare and owing $200,000 on student loan, if you don't mind my asking? You can tell me to bug off. I don't mind. I am finding all of this tremendous fun. :)

Michael Dunne in reply to ashbird

I am pale because I have been sick for more than a weak - head cold after 2 plus weeks of travel. Am a bookworm.
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But not on welfare, and not burden with student loans, although that may change in a few years.
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As for mentally ill - don't think so. But then again, maybe delusional and don't realize it. :-)

ashbird in reply to Michael Dunne

Hi Michael,
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Thanks you for your replies to me @ Nov 21, 19:00 and 16:15, as well as a couple of others that I read addressed to others.
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As usual, you teach me about things about America that I didn't know before - history and aspects of culture that I didn't have a chance to learn. The cultural part is particularly challengingn to a late-comer. No one can read a book (or half a page of a book, or a line in a book) and be so presumptuous as to claim they know everything about a culture. Even for America that is only 240 years old. Imagine other cultures that are 5000+ years old. But there are silly people, crazy people, stupid people, posers and poseurs of this that and the other stripes who would believe in their heart of heart they could now everything about everything via the big highway of ignorance.
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IN my own way, I am ignorant about a very large segment of American culture, not b/c I am not keen to learn, but b/c I am not a part of it - never was and probably never will be. I try to read as much as I can, and watch really gross televison programs (such as Jerry Springer and Apprentice) as much as I can, taking the perspective of a cultural anthropolist, to understand what appeals to the majority of "Americans" - what are the underpinnings that build this ever elusive term "American popularism", what all the strange labels mean ( the most basic and common 4 being "Liberal" , "Conservative", "Left", and "Right". I look at myself, honestly, as I understand what the 4 terms mean at this juncture of cultural assimilation, I can't say I belong to any one of them. They all are so bizarre - now even "dandruff" and "bookworms" get in the definitions and nomenclaure!!! halleluja jehosephet.
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I have myself experienced heaps of insults and abusive name-callings from a couple of Uber American Americans (there is one particularly noxious one, and this one for an entire 10 years to date; the person has the stench of the unmentionable) who apparently have never seen anyone, met anyone, conversed with anyone who is not a member of their clan by race and church by creed, and the store-card they carry for shopping daily necessaries (I understand mainly Walmart, nowhere else). So there is a lot for me to learn yet, even though I have studied, lived and worked in America for a great many years, and in my professional work, dealt with the whole spectrum of social classes from homesless druggies to multi-millionaires, from semi-illiterate (like cellmate of Manson who died yesterday) to famous Ivy League professors. But THAT is not enough immersion still. Goes to show how little we all know about things that are not easy to learn.
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A long-winded way to say Thank You. Thank you for my continuing education by way of a micro-inspection of the cultural and history of America.
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Re hotels, my favorite of all for functional purposes, not for fancy vacation, is HolidayInn Express. It is found in virtually all big cities. Even one in NYC. It is no frill, no nonsense, clean, serves a functional breakast included in the room rate , and if you book on a good travel site, you can find good discount bargains.
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Are you going back to school? Why would you be burdened with student loans? Just curious. You don't have to answer if that intrudes into your privacy.
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Again, thank you for the conversation. It does appear every 200 posts I write, I fetch a good one for reward. Not bad for a ROI.

Michael Dunne in reply to ashbird

Holiday Inn Express has a nice breakfast too, at least in the Northeast. At least the one near Amherst (down the road from where I got a schnauzer puppy).
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As for loans - more in anticipation of the daughter. Have to start thinking early. We joke that it would be great if she could get into a school like Todai in Japan, which is public, and then have her stay with relatives.

ashbird in reply to Michael Dunne

Before I forget, Happy Thanksgiving!
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Yup! Holiday Inn Express' breakfast is good. Also their standard is really uniform, so you know what to expect. Some fancy hotels (particularly the 4-stars) can be huge disappointments, not worth half their price.
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One of my brothers started a savings account for his daughter on the day she was born. In those days, interest rate was like 10%. By the time she turned college age, the sum was pretty good.
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Japanese universities have high academic standards. Very competitive, and very demanding. My niece-in-law attended Tokyo U. She is Japanese, a lovely girl, smart and competent and hard-working(she can do the work of 2 people, I am not kidding!)

Michael Dunne in reply to ashbird

We followed your brother's practice from year one (with the first bonus received after she was born).
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My wife would very much like to have our daughter follow your niece-in-law. You are correct on the difficulty of gaining entrance into such scholastic institutions.
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Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, and having a great Thanksgiving "extended weekend."
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guest-wlsoalm

My proposal . . . the Intercontinental Hanky Panky Hotel chain . . . this will appeal to both liberal clienteles like Al Franken, as conservative Rob Moore. This would let them "rub shoulders" together, and maybe explore more deeply their common interests that could have influences on the US political front.

Oh, the official policy of the hotel would to be a "no holds barred" titty-bar. What happens there, stays there, and let's hope that there is sure a huge pile of things to ruffle through.

ashbird

Great business idea! Go for it!
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I suppose guests will be spared ghastly cheap wall hangings, unfresh macaroons and terrible food. Ain't no Claridges, or Four Seasons George V, or Peninsula.
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BUT at $400 a night average, The DC Trump Hotel actually is very reasonable for the spacious rooms and very good house-keeping (wonder whom they hire. :)).
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Key for Eaton Workshop, a global chain with a new business model, is going to be pricing. I suppose it will hold a lot of professional conferences (like APA and AMA), TED-type of lectures and audience. Not a bad business model. And different retail anchor tenants. Particularly when indentity politics is the call of the day. Nothing else counts as much.
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J Worthington in reply to ashbird

The clientele they have in mind stays at hostels and wears dirty, dandruff laden North Face sweaters. Some wear dirty Patagonia as well. But they will splurge to stay here as their 200k student loans amortize into oblivion.

ashbird in reply to J Worthington

I think you may very well be suprised about the pricing, which is not yet available, as the hotel chain opens in 2018. Trump Hotel's $400/night is very cheap. A legitimate 5-star is $800/night and up.
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Sound more like, though, you are extremely eager to tell everyone what's it's like to bunk out in a "hostel". DO they have bathrooms? DO guests need to do it in a back alley?
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Personally, it is the first time I hear of "hostets". Thanks a bundle for the invaluable education I unexpectedly received, from evidently someone who knows it first-hand. You need help with student loan? I tell you what, just attend every Trump Rally and holler your support. In no time will you get all your loan money back, plus more.

ashbird in reply to Perrodin

Sure is getting more and more interesting, isn't it. Perrodin.
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So "Liberals" are -
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* Mentally Ill
* Have Dandruffs
* Ugly if female
* All on Welfare
* All have student loans
* All travel in Hostels
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America is going to be great again. Very great, so great it is unprecedented.

Langosta in reply to ashbird

Speaking of hotel housekeeping, last week I threw an empty Styrofoam coffee cup into the waste can in front of the hotel my wife and I were staying in on the way down to Florida. It was one of the cans with open holes cut in the top. When I dropped the cup in one of the holes two startled birds came flying out.
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One of them was carrying a french fry in its mouth. The other had picked up a cigar butt whose lit end was still smoking. I carried the rest of our luggage back in the hotel room and didn't think anything else about it. An hour later I heard a siren. When I looked out the window I saw a firetruck in the hotel parking lot. It turned out that the bird carrying the cigar and brought it back to its nest in the tree behind the parking lot and set it on fire. I was reminded of you when I said to myself, "Now there is a REAL ash bird!"

Michael Dunne in reply to J Worthington

No, I don't think they are peddling to mochileros.
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I think they are peddling to 30 something and up folks who are nostalgic about being mochileros once and view themselves as "creatives" now.
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Check out the marketing ...("shamanic journeys"? Hello, are we talking about high-end drug tourism to Iquitos, for Ayahuasca?).
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Otherwise, the dudes are probably more towards the metrosexual end of the spectrum when it comes to personal grooming. This is America - a good portion of guys exist with whom the issue of dandruff is tolerable ... or deemed minor in terms of urgency in addressing .. regardless of personal political/lifestyle/identity choices ... (Think Joe Walsh's "Ordinary Average Guy")...

ashbird in reply to Michael Dunne

What on earth is "mochileros"?? Where is "Iquitos", and "Ayahuasca". GOSH! It's my turn to be country bumpkin first class!! Feels great! Feels "avenged"!
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Dandruff is easily taken care of by diligent and regular shampooing, Michael. Really no big deal. But commenter made it into a "Liberal" thing, so Perrodin and I made fun of it. For an apology, I offer: "Mentally Ill, dandruffed, achned, small-handed liberals on welfare owing $200,000 on student loan. Last dose of speedball (meth) + black angel (a pure organic opiate) half-hour ago. Last book read: A Fortune Cookie slip 50 years ago."
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Chao! :)

Perrodin in reply to ashbird

Don't mind him, he is a bird himself, i.e. a "snowbird" about to fly from northern Michigan back to Florida for the winter. He does that to make sure he keeps his suntan; Trump never told him that there is a cheaper (cosmetic) way to be suntanned year round.

Perrodin in reply to ashbird

"mochilero" means "backpacker" (Wikipedia); using foreign words shows that you have more class than your ignorant reader who has to look it up (as I did).
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If I may (just as guidance from an older woman to a younger one): the correct Italian spelling is "Ciao" (pronounced, as you wrote, "chao"). In English: "ta-ta". (Both sound a bit dated to me, but I am not an expert.)

ashbird in reply to Perrodin

Thank you for your kind correction, Perrodin. I appreciate it. I never learned how to spell "Ciao". Each time I wrote it, I knew I got it wrong. Thanks, I'll learn it good this time.
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As to the other word, I think it has additionally a "flavor" connected to the period and place and people who use those words. Probably not entirely gratuitous.

ashbird in reply to Perrodin

Also, Perrodin, follow the train of thought in his long bird tale. Note the bird hid in a trash can, and there was a cigar. The person you think is benign is not. He is as malignant as any that belong in a jail or a ward. Likewise all his other bird tales directed at me. Each one carried a similar theme. He message is not a benevalent one. This is called harassment, Perrodin.

Michael Dunne in reply to ashbird

Mochileros is as the other poster said, means backpackers.
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Often they fit the stereotypes the other poster laid out (hey with some gross generalizations there is a big hunk of truth). At least the ones hiking around Peru years back. (But those included quite a few foreigners).
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The local cusquenos were often amused by them. They (the mochileros) did have an incredible skill at lining up and monopolizing the toilets at places (like the small Nazca airport, where I was forced by such circumstances to review the lines from the air with some discomfort).
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Iquitos is a city in the Amazon portion of Peru. Werner Herzog filmed Fitzcarraldo around there back in 1982 (good movie, should check it out).
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Iquitos got some fame with hipsters,and people on more expensive travel arrangements than mochileros, for partaking in Ayahuasca, a local concoction with powerful effects (like hallucinations). It was used by shamens,and was up to some point, legal (think it still is?)...
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I guess enough hipsters and cool people have gone that a bar has a cocktail named after it in San Francisco (see The Red Dog).
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I always had a good laugh at that trend/fashion (or whatever you want to call it), because once while at the Hoteles Las Americas in Miraflores, Lima, there was a news item on the TV - Guess that stuff has some laxative qualities, so that toilet paper was really moving fast in Iquitos with the tourists there (really a Fast Moving Consumer Good).
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As for dandruff - with a number of guys in the suburbs/exurbs, in the past (like from 1980 to 2005), they still seemed to get it, even when they seemed to be taking regular showers (and presumably shampooing). Maybe a white thing? But to be honest, hadn't put much thought into it of late.

Michael Dunne in reply to Perrodin

Actually, the figure of the mochilero (at least a few years back in Peru) really did align with the gross generalization that the other poster was trying to put out there. Like two stereotypes meet in the night and connect. Along with backpacking and seeing the world, there was (and maybe still is) some sort of latter day hippie quality to that traveler segment.
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Of course, many, if not most, were not Yankees, but folks from elsewhere (Europe, Israel, other countries in the Americas, etc.), and often just out of school, or out of the service, out to see the world in their own way.
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And at that time, they seemed more into munching on coca leaves, rather then investing in trips to Iquitos to partake in ayahuasca under guidance, like various hipsters, younger yuppies from the states, more well off folks in their 30s and 40s, of possibly more liberal disposition, etc..

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Perrodin in reply to ashbird

"follow the train of thought..." I must confess that I stopped paying attention to his comments a while ago; he is a fellow Michigander and occasionally we exchange information on the weather, here compared with Florida. Just ignore him.

Perrodin in reply to ashbird

Second reply to your comment: click on his name and read his recent comments. A full year after the election, he is still campaigning against Hillary Clinton... Well, who I am to judge? (I, too, forget things now and then; can't be helped, we all get old -- some at an earlier age than others, I guess).
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Just don't let his comments bother you (not worth it).

ashbird in reply to Perrodin

Dear Perrodin, Re your 2 replies on Nov 21, 17:11 and 16:54, No worries, No worries. I totally follow what you are saying. No need to explain. But more importantly, THANK YOU for reminding me to not let the commenter bother me, for it is not worth it. Of course you are right 100% on that.
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But I want you to know your mind is plenty fine. Indeed, impressively above average. I mean that. And I know what I am talking about. Keep up the keenness, the wit, the humor, the curiosity to learn new things. And your basic kindness. Across cyberspace, I wish you all the best and have a great Thanksgiving. - Just "Ash" :)

J Worthington

Nothing says "in touch with the working man" like naming your place "Eaton Workshop." Everything that's wrong with liberalism, it used to be about the plumber and carpenter. Now it's about some pale book worm who majored in uselessness.

Nullifidian

I hope the Eaton will omit bibles from their rooms. This secular traveler would appreciate that.

ashbird in reply to Nullifidian

Sound like this would be good news for you: Few 5-star hotels have bibles in their rooms now. Including the two major American conglomerates - Western International and Intercontinental. Then there are the Peninsula Group (famed for its fleet of Rolls for shuttling guests to and from places). And the Four Seasons Group, and the Shangri-La group (they use Mercedes). The world is very big. It consists of more than USA. Truly, I am not lying. Look at the map. AND, most importantly, whether GOP or Democrat, Left of Right, Liberal or Conservative, not everyone in the world is a hillbilly hick.

Langosta

I imagine the Clintons will be among the first to book reservations there --- if they are not checked into a long-term stay at the "Crowbar Hotel' by then!

L-gharef

"...locals and house members to congregate around creativity and consciousness-building.” The hotel will offer an arts programme, a progressive lecture series, and a “radical approach to food and beverage.”
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Hippies have come a long way in the world but still nobody can figure out what on earth they're talking about.

A Reasoned Voice

It shouldn't come as a surprise to most TE readers. Branding works. That's why so many businesses spend so much on trying to create well known brands.

Trump has always understood this, which is why all of his businesses carry the Trump brand. And he has always operated on the belief that any publicity is good publicity. Bad publicity may not work for high market-share brands like Coca-Cola, but it can work well for niche brands like his. Even if 90% of potential customers boycott a business, it doesn't matter if the other 10% are brand-loyal. A loyal10% market share is pretty good success for most businesses.

I think that is why he really doesn't care that his tweets are received negatively by most, and why he keeps doing it. They keep his name in the news, and they reinforce brand loyalty among the loyal minority, even if they alienate the majority. In business, a 10% loyal following is usually more profitable than a lukewarm 51%.

Unfortunately, what is good for Trump's brand is not what is good for the country. That is one of the reasons that historically U.S. voters were smart enough to understand that experience running a business doesn't translate to running a country. Ironically Trump will likely go down in history as both the worst President and the richest. Certainly, the one who made the most personal profit from having been President.