As I check out, the desk guy asks, “How was your stay?”
I say the room was nice, especially the view of Central Park. But I have a question: “Why is my room-key card like this?”
The card is narrower and longer than a credit card. It is too long to fit in a standard wallet. In a pants pocket, it will bend. Sticking out of a shirt pocket, it will evoke that 1950s fashion faux pas, the slide rule.
The desk guy flashes a grimace of recognition. “I asked that question my first day here. They said they wanted to be different.”
If they wanted to be different in this particular, misguided way, they could have at least made their key cards also be slide rules.