Thursday, June 26, 2008

Guest Services

Oh, sweet freedom!! Free at last, free at last, sweet Jesus free at last, the visitors have left.

When I was younger and traveled, I did as most young guys do. I stayed at the 'Friends Sofa Hotel', and when a friend needed a place to stay, I never had a problem reciprocating. In fact I think that's how the hotel chain 'Sofitel' got it's name. At some point though, it gets out of hand and you realize a real hotel is the way to go.

This past week, seven whole days, we hosted Mark's niece and ex-sister-in-law, her new husband, and his son. They were really very nice and tried hard to not be a burden, but lets face it, six people in a home designed for two is a crowd. I was boxed out of my office where my computer is, because there was a huge inflatable bed with two sleeping people in there. I couldn't watch television in my own selfish, remote monopolizing way, because a sweet fifteen year old girl was watching teenage girl shows. When I went to take a shower, I turned on the water and after two minutes I was blasted with nothing but cold water, because I was the sixth one taking a shower. So as I stood there, soaped up head to toe, with only the icy water to rinse off with, I made a pledge. No more Sofa Hotel.

The truth is that no matter how much you love somebody, and they love you, after just two days on their couch you are a burden. Mark and I have plans for Chicago in August, and we will be staying in a hotel for the whole stay. We won't even be staying at my mom's house for one night like we usually do. Not so much because it would be a burden on her, mostly because her sofa is one of the most uncomfortable things I have ever slept on.

10 comments:

  1. Oh damn, I was just planning to visit you for a couple of weeks. By the way, the water in Florida could never be described as "ice" cold; cool at best. Now Chicago has some ice cold water.

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  2. Ha ha what is that pic of a guy dancing around in a dressing robe up there? hehehe

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  3. That is from the movie 'Christmas Vacation', and that is Randy Quaid the bad guest at the Griswold's home.

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  4. Perhaps you'll need a puppy to borrow unless they provide one at the hotel? Looks like Cloud found you very comfy!

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  5. Can I interest you in a Travel Trailer for the outside of your home. It's for sale. I have it up in Michigan. You can take it home after your visit to Chicago.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/10261302@N08/sets/72157600876843609/

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  6. When staying anywhere I would much prefer to have my own place and my own wheels. I know it's cheaper to stay with someone, but it is sure a lot easier and no one feels inconvenienced. It was nice that you let them stay there. I enjoyed meeting Mark's family. They seemed very nice.

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  7. He,he,ha,ha,ho,ho,Garet, you gave me a good belly laugh. Let's see, Mark, as Alan has said in the past, not a very good driver. Alan who is not know for his sight,driving your old RV 1,600 miles to Florida, where it would be parked in front of his home. Sound like this story was taken from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Ha,ha,hi,hi,ho,ho.

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  8. ...please where can I buy a unicorn?

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  9. To the asshole spammer who keeps trying to put his stupid boner pill ads on here. Google Blogger blocks spam.

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