I love hotels. No really. I do. I don’t know if it’s because someone makes my bed or because I can call room service when I get hungry. I just love them. I love the smell of the soap. I love the fluffy pillows and down comforters. I know. I’m weird. DH would much rather chew off his own arm than stay in a hotel, so we don’t do it often.
When my annual scrapbooking retreat comes up, I’m so delighted. No laundry, no cleaning, no cooking. And I get to stay in a hotel.
I’m not a picky hotel-stayer. I don’t mind the humming of the A/C or the sound of the elevator shaft, or the noise of the ice machine. I don’t even mind if there are people skipping, running or beat boxing down the hall. But staying in a hotel does have its risks.
I shared a room with 3 friends. 2 to a bed. That doesn’t bother me. My bed-mate was a good friend from high school so she’s seen it all. After scrapbooking all day and late into the night, we returned to our room completely exhausted, I just wanted to go to sleep. And I did. It was wonderful until about 2:00am when a large bang woke me. Followed by plenty more of the same. What the hell? Is someone irish dancing on the ceiling?
I sat up and listened for a minute only to hear Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” really, really loud. And it seemed to be stuck on the same verse. With the bass turned to it’s deepest. Then the sound of laughter. Deep, man laughter. Lots-of-men-laughter. I was patiently waiting for the sounds to wake my roommates. What the hell did these girls take before going to bed? Ambien with a side of whiskey?
I waited for what seemed like an eternity for the noise to stop. Surely, these men were raised properly and not by wolves. Surely, they would realize the error of their ways. Every expletive was running through my head. I think I was in complete disbelief.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m pretty laid-back. In fact, I can be a bit passive. I don’t like to cause a scene and I don’t like a confrontation. But my patience had just about worn thin. So I got out my iPhone flashlight and made my way across the room to find the hotel phone. In my hoarse voice, I shouted at the poor front desk woman that the party above my head needed to stop immediately. Her reply? “I guess you are trying to sleep, huh?” No. Actually. Not really. I like being a ball buster at 2am for no reason whatsoever. She was very nice. I was just pissed off. Sorry for the ‘tude front desk lady.
Of course, the sound of my voice woke my roommates. Finally. They weren’t too happy that I woke them. They didn’t know what the fuss was all about. Are you kidding me? I am not known for having good hearing. DH and the kid are constantly telling me I am deaf. But come on. If I can practically make out the words to their conversation, surely even the hotel across the street can hear these clowns.
It took about 5 minutes, but the noise finally stopped. I mean, really stopped. Dead. In it’s tracks. I wonder what the front desk chick told them? “Yo dudes, if you don’t stop the party the wacko lady downstairs is going to pretty much go postal on you so let this be your only warning.” I like the thought that these tough grown men could have possibly been a little bit afraid of me.
The next morning at breakfast, I looked over every single man that walked in. I believe I found them. They looked something like this:
I knew I had my men. They sure were lucky I wasn’t in the mood to pick a fight. Next time, it won’t be so pretty.