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Hotel Rooms Are Nightmares
Ever since I began working for that Florida vacation rentals website, I have been plagued by recurring nightmares. I am haunted at night by the spirits of hotel rooms past.
There was a time when I traveled quite a bit on business. Thankfully, I dont hotels hop any more. But at night I float off to a hotel room far away in time...
The days work done, I phoned home to check up on the kids. It seems there was a shouting match going on in my absence. It sounded like Pandemonium was winning, but Total Bedlam was making some noise, too.
"Can you just quiet down a bit," I said into the phone.
"YOU shut up," I heard the man in the next room growl.
I chose to ignore him. "Come on guys. Cant you just stop fighting for a minute"
"Ill show you what fighting means" I heard through the wall.
"Geeze. I cant even here myself think," I complained into the phone.
"Hey! Ive had just about enough of you," the guy on the other side of the wall screamed.
Suddenly I got very scared. I pictured a burly, six-foot-two weightlifter smashing his fist through the wall. I hung up the phone, wondering how thin the walls were.
Nothing happened. No fist. No smashed wall. No burly, six-foot-two weightlifter.
I decided to go downstairs for a stress-relief stroll. As I was closing my door, the man from the next room emerged.
Fortunately, he was no weightlifter.
I was about to ask him why he had shouted at me through the wall while I was trying to discipline my kids, when he called to me, "Hey you. I was on the phone with my wife. Why did you have to heckle me"
All of a sudden, I knew how thin the walls were.
In fact, I discovered that hotel walls come in two thicknesses:
If youre lucky, you get "Turn down the volume on your TV!" walls. If you are less fortunate, you get "Turn down the brightness on your TV!" walls.
Fortunately, hotel rooms are immaculately clean. Its true. The sign says so. Just as long as you dont look under the mattress to find a 1976 copy of Businessweek Magazine and theatre tickets to a 1982 showing of The Music Man.
I dont know why hotels pretend to be so spotless. All that junk under the bed could be used as a marketing tool. "Stay at the Hilltop Hilton and join in our under-mattress-scavenger-hunt."
If the hotels dont catch on, sooner or later the motels will. They can turn anything into a sales pitch. Like, for example, "Color TV" Ooooooohh.. And "Outdoor Pool" I think the "outdoor" feature is a nice added touch, dont you And how about "Free Parking" which is really a way of saying, "You dont have to park your car in your room.".
What worries me most about hotels is what they keep in the drawers. Did you ever notice there is always a bible in the drawer Why
When you buy a car, there is no bible in the glove compartment, although the road is where you need prayers the most.
When you dig for the prize at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box, its never a bible.
Even in hospitals, where a prayer might be all you have left, there is no bible in the drawer.
Only in hotels and on death row do bibles come as standard equipment.
And why just the Bible I have had plenty of spare time to search for Torahs and Korans in hotel rooms, and I have never found any. Do Jews and Muslims not stay in hotels What do they know that I dont
Fortunately, I dont have to stay in hotels anymore. I dont have to endure shadow-puppet shows from the guy on the other side of the wall. I dont have to keep from reading over his shoulder. I dont have worry about what he ate for dinner.
And I dont have to listen to his snoring. I can enjoy my own nightmares in peace.
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ABCs of Adventure Travel
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A Miraculous Movie
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Dirty Old Men Get Their Dream Girls
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Cheap Tickets and Discount Airfare.
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Do You Know Who I Am
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