This weekend I did two volunteer shifts under the Big Top – Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Not ideal, but I did the scheduling and that’s how things worked out for my life this month.
There are a couple of new art exhibits at DEN: “Colorado: See the New West Like a Local” which is outside the security checkpoints, and “Crossroads” – about Colorado architecture – for those who have cleared security and have time to kill before a flight.
In recent months there have been a few changes – besides their names – in the buildings that used to be called Concourses A, B, and C. Awhile back the buildings were renamed the “A Gates,” “B Gates,” and “C Gates.” Which many people still call the “concourses” – as does the airport at least once on its website. Although it seems to be moving to the new terminology – see this. Signage inside the airport has been changed from “concourses” to “gates’ which I’m sure confuses the passengers who’ve just been told by their ticket agent to go to the “[A/B/C] Concourse,” and can’t find any signs telling them where that is.
But I digress. Back to the changes. The Body Shop on B Gates closed, but there’s a new Body Shop on C now. Where I bought a bottle of Oceanus perfume oil. Yum. Rock Bottom Brewery is open on C, might have been for awhile now.
The newest amenities for travelers at DEN – free of charge – are Power Bars on all 3 Concourses. OK, how do I construct that sentence using “Gates” instead of “Concourses”? ”New Power Bars in all 3 Gates?” No. There are, what, nearly 200 specific *gates* at DEN, located on the A, B, and C concourses. I’m referring to the three buildings in which all those gates are located. Whatever.
The Power Bars aren’t snacks. Each of them is a bank of about six small work stations, with stools for seating. Each station has counter space, two electric outlets and a USB power port. One of the stations at each power bar is wider than the others and unlike the others has no stool in front of it – it’s designated with the universal wheelchair accessibility symbol. There’s a “Clear Channel” logo on the units and there are LCD screens at each station – currently blank but I assume soon to be populated with information and advertising. Use of the Power Bar stations is free, no time limits, just first come, first served. A way to charge (re-charge?) a laptop, cell phone, iPod, etc., without finding an electrical outlet on a wall and sitting down on the floor next to it with your stuff.
I took pictures of the Power Bars but due to technical difficulties and lack of time can’t post them right now.
Details of the locations of the Power Bars are below the fold.
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