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Saturday, January 14, 2021

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Today was the first day of the NHL on NBC. I’m watching the Rangers at the Red Wings; Rangers are currently down 3-2 with about 8 minutes to go. (I’m pulling for the Rangers, naturally.)

NBC’s coverage is decent, but not particularly noteworthy. The announcing, with Bill Clement, John Davidson and a bunch more familiar entities, was fine. Camera angles were great, although the promised goalie-helmet cameras didn’t make an appearance (aside from some pregame-shootout shots); I guess neither goaltender wanted to wear them. The intermission segments were fair, but I didn’t pay them any attention; I did notice the second one profiled a day in the life of Sid “The Kid” Crosby.

I don’t know that I expected anything to knock my socks off. They delivered a game, and that’s really all they should do. Flashing pucks and other gimmicks are better left out of the mix. I can’t help but think, though, that these broadcasts need to be juiced up for bigger audiences to tune in.

If nothing else, NHL games dovetail nicely with NBC’s imminent Olympics coverage next month. Considering the network isn’t paying the league anything, the net result is some free, high-quality winter sports promo material for NBC. With any luck, that’ll rub off on the NHL.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/14/2006 04:32:14 PM
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If a hotel is a home-away-from-home for you, you might be in the market for a condo hotel room, the latest firecracker in the housing boom.

I can see the convenience factor for frequent travelers. But is it worthwhile as an investment?

Owners typically get 30 percent to 60 percent of proceeds from room rentals. At Hotel Telluride, a $279,000 unit might cost an owner $16,570 in annual mortgage payments if he or she put down 20 percent on a 30-year loan at 6.3 percent interest. But that owner could realize $24,000 in rental income if he or she received a 40 percent share on a room that rents for $300 a night 200 days a year. That income must be reported for tax purposes. Any day an owner stays, there is one less day that rental income can be collected.

What owners may gain in convenience in a condo hotel, however, they can give up in control. Individuals own the room, but the hotels typically wield most of the power. While some developers sell all the units to individuals, who as a group can then hire and fire management, a number of hotels do not give owners much say in operations, whether the concerns are poor food, shoddy service or ugly drapes. Nor do they always provide access to the resort’s finances and overall occupancy rates.

Sounds like an upscale version of the timeshare, really. With a good bit of prestige factor driving it, too: Who wouldn’t want to brag about “owning” a suite? Plus, it’s reminiscent of the high-roller habit of keeping a hotel room in perpetual rent in cities like New York or Los Angeles.

Ultimately, it’s the hotels who are making a killing on this. They get the lump sum infusion, then pretty much do what they want with the rooms, regardless of the agreement.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/14/2006 04:15:00 PM
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As Nietzsche said:

If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

Another word for abyss is “void”. So it’s only fitting that Hugh MacLeod at gapingvoid should illustrate such an insightful assessment.

Not that I’ve been gazing at gapingvoid for very long; but in today’s hyperpaced reality, the few minutes I spent at gapingvoid probably translates into several weeks during Nietzsche’s era. So it all evens out.

Actually, I’d extend this theory beyond just blogging, and apply it to the entire Internet. Just a bunch of assholes looking for traffic, present company included. Although, I find it easier to demonstrate an affection for several entries on my blogroll (and beyond) than perhaps others do.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/14/2006 09:17:48 AM
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