I checked out of the “better motel” earlier today. Went to a friends house for a party (someone was having a birthday). At about midnight, needed a place to stay. So pulled into one of the dozen or so “less good” places a bit further down the road. Some can be great deals; others not so much.
This one it seems is “not so much”. They advertize a $29.95 / night room that, of course, turns out to be unavailable. It is reputed to have twin beds anyway. For only $39 I can get a room with a king size bed. I’d pretty much decided to only take one night and look for a ‘weekly’ tomorrow… the next point confirmed it. They want a $5 service charge for using a credit card or debit card. So much for “good as cash”. I hand them 2 Twenties…
Somewhere along the line I’d picked up a “bug” so my nose is stuffy. The ‘scented candles’ at the party didn’t help, and I really just want to sleep now and “fix it all tomorrow”. I probably ought to have gone on down the road.
The place is the “Star Motel”. It makes Motel 6 look glamorous… There IS free wi-fi that works, and a small fridge and microwave in the room. But the main lamp (the one turned on by the switch near the door) has no bulb in it. (OK, I have my own… “Be Prepared”…) There’s a stale odor of “something” in the room. That “dusty mixed with air freshener” smell… But not enough to bother through a stuffy nose.
The tube fluorescent over the bathroom sink has no cover over the bulb and wiring. There’s an old can of Corona beer in the upper closest level of the fridge, where a casual check would have missed it (seems both the last guest and the maid were not that careful…) Outside, a police siren chiruping in the distance, then a follow-on rising falling wailing siren. I’m all of about 2 miles down the road from the other hotel, but the ambiance is all very different.
I unloaded anything of interest from the car. I did leave the big “kitchen box” and my laundry in it (as I am not feeling like unloading the whole thing for 12 hours…) Now I’m thinking that a window costs about $400 and maybe I ought to remove even the temptation of “old laundry and grubby plastic box” from the stupids who will not realize that used clothes are not very valuable.
The things you think about in a Flea Bag Motel when living on the road…
Tonight is a Supermoon. Moon is full, and at perigee. I checked the quake logs, but nothing looking out of order on a casual check… yet…
Lots of 5.x and the occasional 6.x; about like usual.
It also is Summer Solstice. I ought to have put up a Summer Solstice posting on Church Of The Sacred Carbon. Tomorrow will be too late… so I’ll likely do it tomorrow. Life becomes more chaotic when living out of a couple of suitcases on the road. Some things slip.
I’d promised myself I’d put more effort into getting a proper calendar of events up, with Summer Solstice one of the “biggies”. I broke my promise. Not for lack of wanting. For lack of remembering that it was Summer Solstice. At least until 3 or 4 days ago, when several surprise social engagements took my evenings, work took my days, and today laundry and more social events and the “change hotels” all hit together. Sigh.
So maybe by Winter Solstice I can keep it on track.
Now it’s near 2 am. In 9 hours it is check out time. All I can do is sleep, and “try again” when I wake up.
Such is the nature of life on the road and fleabags.
To sleep, hopefully not to dream. Not here ;-)