I am something of a sybarite. Not in a big way, but in a little way. I like two creature comforts: a very comfortable bed (a liking that grows more important as I get older and suffer from fairly chronic insomnia) and I like to have my own bathroom, complete with all the amenities. Give me those and a computer, and I’ll be a pretty happy person.
I read in the WSJ today, however, that a lot of the incoming Representatives (i.e., Republicans) are planning on saving money and showing their commitment to their home towns by camping out in their offices. My first thought was, “that’s laudable.” My second was, “I”d never do that.” I did get a little insight into the kind of people who can make this (to me) sacrifice, though, when I read this (emphasis mine):
Earlier this month, freshman lawmakers drew lots and chose the three-room suites they and their aides will inhabit in one of three House office buildings.
For many of them, a key selling point was not proximity to the House chamber, where they’ll vote, but to the House gym, where they’ll shower.
Rep.-elect Tim Griffin, an Army reservist, stood near the gym in the Rayburn House Office Building and used some compass software on his phone to navigate the paths to potential offices.
There’s your answer, right? After the rigors of the military, an office near a shower is tolerable. For me, after the luxuries of suburban life, anything less than mine, mine, mine is hard to contemplate.