Red Lion Hotels corporate director of rooms operations Dominic Longo started the Housekeeping Olympics last year to mark International Housekeeping Week. This year’s event was held in the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. “We just wanted to show appreciation,” Longo said. “It’s a lot of fun. They love it.” The timed events included running a mop through a slalom course of yellow “wet floor” signs, vacuuming confetti dumped on the carpet and making a bed. In the floor buffer pad toss, one blindfolded teammate would toss the round red buffer pad to a partner who would attempt to catch the pad on the handle of a toilet bowl plunger.The accompanying pictures tell the story better than the words. A group of odd-looking** young folks with odd names, enthusiastically running the wet-floor slalom and other events, and literally jumping for joy when they won. The joy of competence, the joy of usefulness. The secret of a good life. (**Footnote: By odd-looking I don't mean ugly or anything like that; I only mean that they are instantly recognizable as unique. They don't fit any familiar ethnic type, though they vaguely resemble Cherokees.)
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.