A night on the town

I keep one nearby hotel on the speed dial for just such occasions as last night, and that’s where I spent the evening — though regrettably I was about 800 bonus points short of being able to cash in a freebie.

(There are other hotels, just as close, which under normal circumstances could have been had for maybe half the rate. On the other hand, they tend to fill up with young ladies practicing an example of free enterprise frowned upon by John Law, and if it’s not them, it’s the guys with the portable meth labs. Neither group exactly encourages a good night’s sleep.)

As expected, power was not restored at Surlywood and environs before the storms came in: from the appearance of the clocks, the grid was back on at about 3:15 am. (Indoor temperature: 75.) I didn’t check for further storm damage, though there was nothing obvious jumping out at me at dawn, and I didn’t have to remove any more tree bits from the street.


  1. fillyjonk »

    14 May 2009 · 12:47 pm

    I guess I’m too cheap. I wouldn’t have thought of treating myself to a night in a hotel. Instead, I would have tossed and turned and cursed and looked very balefully at my students the next day if they dared complain about being tired.

  2. Tatyana »

    14 May 2009 · 1:17 pm

    FJ: no, you’re not cheap, but you should value your needs more. Sorry for plagiat, but you’re worth it.

  3. Suzette »

    14 May 2009 · 1:28 pm

    This was an intriguing and juicy tale right up until that buzzkill of a third paragraph.

  4. CGHill »

    14 May 2009 · 1:31 pm

    That’s odd. Usually I plant the buzzkill in the second paragraph.

  5. Jeffro »

    14 May 2009 · 2:53 pm

    I stay in a lot of motels – and Comfort Inns are pretty consistent in their quality. Lately, Day’s Inns are getting pretty seedy, and Super 8s vary considerably. IMHO, Best Westerns are ok, but overpriced. Of course, my main requirement is truck parking – so my selection is somewhat limited.

  6. CGHill »

    14 May 2009 · 3:39 pm

    Over the past several years, I have thrown most of my business to Choice Hotels (usually Comfort or Sleep Inns, the occasional Clarion) or Holiday Inn (usually Express). Consistency is the word. This particular Comfort Inn is on the small side — and there’s no place for a truck unless you hijack part of the Home Depot lot one block behind — but I’m pretty much used to using it as a temporary refuge.

    Quality Inns, curiously, have been consistently disappointing.

  7. Jeffro »

    14 May 2009 · 6:29 pm

    I like the very few Holiday Inn Express motels I’ve been to, but it’s pretty clear that they really don’t want truck business considering how they design their lots. I stay at one in Valentine NE once in a while, and it’s only because there is a convenience store with a truck lot next door.

    The Choice Hotel books are pretty good about indicating if there is truck parking available – as does Super 8, Day’s Inn and Motel 6. Best Western’s book does not have that info.

    Another chain that is pretty nice – but there aren’t very many – is AmericInn. If all are like the couple I’ve been to, they are worth a look.

    I could probably go on a two week vacation easily with the points from Wyndham Rewards, if I could afford the gas, food and time.

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