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Desert Hot Springs

Dorothy and I got in before two, after stopping for ice cream for tonight. Steve's truck was out front but we didn't see him immediately, just saw a mop and rag in front of Dorothy's room.

Steve was running around in my room, still needed to change sheets on the bed, so we said hi and then he took off. He came back with clean sheets, duvet cover, pillow cases, and put it all together. It's a bit of a workout, dressing the featherbed, and I didn't even offer to help. It looked like he knew exactly what steps to take, and anyone else would throw a wrench in it.

He told me, rapidfire, about the troubles he is having getting help that is reliable here. People quit, don't finish on time, do things they were not hired to do...on and on. So he's very frustrated. He has to keep hiring construction workers to finish up the Beat Hotel, and now he is so far behind he can't open it until June. So there is a lot of lost revenue there.

The weather is beautiful, warm but not too, a breeze. The plants have been cut back some in tthe patios, including the bougainvillea in Dorothy's. Everything looks good, beautiful, and feels calming. I am going to lie down for a while, then we will all convene for a siimple dinner tonight.

Oh heaven, heaven. really.

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nickyludd
Apr. 20th, 2003 06:52 pm (UTC)
The 'Beat Hotel' - is this a themed hotel of the Beat Generation, with a Ginsberg Room, a Ferlinghetti Lobby and a Kerouac Bar. If not, is that a good idea or what?

judith
Apr. 21st, 2003 06:46 am (UTC)
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Close, but more specialized, actually. Steve worked with W.S. Burroughs for five years or more, helping him with Cities of the Red Night and many other things. Burroughs gave him several of his paintings, and Steve took photos, has many of his books and other memorabilia. So the hotel is really focused on Burroughs. Has the original paintings and the photos on the walls, even in the bedrooms. He rearranged the rooms so that each is a two-room suite, including a room with a small desk and old typewriter. The lobby area has a display case, comfortable chairs, dining area. There is a nice large pool and hot tub outside in a patio.

There was a novel written about the Beat Hotel that recreated the original in Paris, had it burn down and be resurrected somewhere in the American west...so this location was perfect and the type of motel is perfect as well, to be that recreation. I jumped ahead here - the motel was dilapidated, unused, for many years, when Steve bought it a few years ago. He's been working to bring it back to life.

So the intent is to have a Beat retreat, really, a place where followers can come, meet each other, talk, eat together, see the original materials. And yes, it is a great idea. Steve has invited others who were close to Burroughs or Kerouac or others in that little group, and they have been very enthusiastic. Now that the hotel was featured in Travel & Leisure magazine, the phone is ringing off the hook. But it isn't open yet.

I have been working on the web site. The "coming soon" page is here:

http://www.dhsbeathotel.com

The stuff I am still working on:

http://www.dhsbeathotel.com/home.html

There is a lot I want to add. Room rates, more details on the rooms, perhaps a floor plan, some examples of the materials there, more of a description of the whole place and the use. I'll be refining it artistically as well. I don't think steve has looked at it yet!
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