#75 was a teeter-totter.
The brunch - Food was excellent. I mean really good. Gallow Green is very different now. They have gutted the hundreds and hundreds of plants added by guests over the years, the thing that gave the roof so much love and meaning and energy, and replaced them with tulips…
"Austin Goodwin’s Porter is some next-level shit. I may be prepared to state, categorically, that he is currently the best Porter that has ever Portered. He hits every single moment you could ever want from your Porter with gusto. The depth of his aching for the Boy Witch is so apparent. His disdain for Agnes was amazing. His complex relationship with Danvers was expertly demonstrated. He had a really great phone booth with Doug Gillespie’s Boy. It was more physically suggestive than most, and it was perfect. His secret in the office was insanely powerful. He just does all the things so damn well. Lastly, he ruined my shirt, because of course I get a massive amount of lipstick smeared across my face, neck and collar the first time I wear a white shirt in like, a year. And this is why I wear cheap dress shirts at the McKittrick."
I just want to second this paragraph a thousand million times over and I want to do it publicly.
I have really profoundly adored other Porters (Paul, Conor) so I can’t say I’m sure Austin is the best ever, but he is certainly right up there with them, and is without question my favorite thing happening in the hotel at the moment.