From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

JUST IN CASE you are all thinking Daru and I are living high on the hog, in the lap of luxury . . . here’s some pictures of where we are staying at the International Imagery Conference.

The 63 room Kohl Tudor Mansion sits on 40 acres of land in Burlingame.

In 1924 the mansion was sold to the Sisters of Mercy for $230,000. It was a convent, from 1924-31.

Kohl Mansion
Kohl Mansion

We are not staying in the Kohl Mansion.  The conference is at the Mercy Center CONVENT HOUSE on the Kohl Mansion Estate Grounds:

Convent
Convent

“Nuns, living in a cloistered Abbey, would typically have their own ‘cell’ in which to sleep. The term cell alludes to the sparse nature of the accommodation, the continued seclusion at night that is followed during the day. . .”  Wikipedia

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My cell, er room.
My cell, er room.

Each conference participant has their own private cell in which to sleep. The term cell alludes to the sparse nature of the accommodation, the continued seclusion at night that is followed by the day’s activities. Every cell is the same.

My bathroom, 2 sinks
My bathroom, 2 sinks
Private shower stalls and other "stalls"
3 Private shower stalls and 3 other “stalls”
Ample supplies available 24 hours a day in the bathroom.
Generous supplies available 24 hours a day in the bathroom.
THE bath in the bathroom, making it an 11 piece bathroom.
THE bath in the bathroom, making it an 9 piece bathroom.

We haven’t had a lot of sleep . . . but we are having a great time seeing friends and attending presentation.  

Maybe next year we can upgrade to the Mansion . . .

9 thoughts on “From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

      1. Now, the next big question for you — would you prefer hearing Leonard sign his own songs, or others who have interrupted his works — like Jennifer Warren’s cover of his songs. I especially like how she does “Famous Blue Raincoat” and J.D. Lang’s versions of Hallelujah studio versus live). Her performance of that song during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games was so amazing. Just thinking back to her pouring her entire soul into the song still leaves me breathless.
        So, sing Leonard, or Leonard, sing?

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  1. Judy, I’m so jealous you are in the Bay area. Love, love, love it. I staid in the Sisters of Mercy cubicle for a few night, when I had to leave my place. Not any warmth coming from there.

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    1. Ida,
      There was unfortunately a LOT of warmth as it was in the low 80’s and . . . if you recall there is one window, no cross ventilation. I would have slept in the nude were it not for the religious icon looking down from the wall over the bed . . .

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  2. You will learn, whatever your surroundings are, dear Judith. This reminds me of that LOVELY movie, fill in the blanks The Amazing, Wonderful Something Something(Sunshine?) Hotel. If you haven’ t seen it YOU MUST. about a retirement home in India. Please tell me you have seen it. The cell and bathrooms particularly do look a bit sparse. Thank goodness the dog is at home. When you come home you will feel like you are on a vacation. Love, Peachy Not -So-Keen, Junior

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  3. Just guessing the nature of the nuns accommodations are not responsible for “cell phones”. Nice to see adequate supplies, one can never have enough TP!

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