Sunday, June 26, 2011
A loss for corporate travel
Founded as a vacation lodge, and rediscovered as a businessperson's best kept secret for avoiding the mayhem of Logan Airport, The Highlander is the place you go to for overnight lodging for your early morning departures, the cheapest long-term parking at any commercial airport, an always-available room for under $100 when you were too snowed in to make the drive home, and an amusing transient bar scene somewhere between Mos Eisley and Miss Kitty's.
The airport has bought the property, says the desk clerk. And this will be a parking lot next year. The shuttle can comes to lead me to the long-term parking, and instead leads me 25 yards to an empty slot in the visitors' lot. As I climb into the van, I say (cheerily) "I hardly needed a shuttle for this!" And she says, "It gives me something to do."
I expected to spend the evening with a salad and a glass of wine, light bartender conversation, then a little email catch up before rising at 4am for a 7am flight. Instead it is a 24oz PBR out of the ice bucket and a delivery pizza. Desk Clerk Amanda recommends the local place (over the usual delivery chains), and when the delivery arrives, it is carried by the former owner of another local joint, which lost its lease after missing a few months' payments. She tells me this while unzipping the thermal bag.
Well... when in Rome.
"That's ha-ra-bull," I say, with furrowed brow, "We're all just trying to make it." I don't really know what that means, but it seems like I am watching the granite state fold up before my eyes, so I try to be sympathetic. I had to order the Vegetarian, then add one more topping, to meet the $10 minimum for delivery.
If you're wondering how you get one of those glamorous global business jobs where you travel the world and stay in 4 star hotels on a per diem...