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Friday, November 30, 2001

Carlisle Comments


Ever since our younger son discovered that motels have swimming pools, he wanted to go "Motelling." He didn't care how near or far we were from home; he just wanted to get into that pool. All it took was a glimpse of a pool/vacancy sign, and he was reaching for his bathing suit. The three "C's" didn't come into play at all. Cost, convenience, and cleanliness.

Let's talk a little about motels and hotels. Do you get a permanent non-smoking room? If you are a non-smoker, and someone before you has smoked, the room really reeks of stale smoke. Does the building have sprinklers? What about smoke alarms? Are you on a low enough floor for the fire ladders to reach you in case of a fire? Is there television, is it clear, is it in color, and does it have a remote? I wouldn't want to have to get out of bed to turn the thing off.

How many beds do you really need? At home, my husband and I manage very nicely with just one bed. Some motels have two king size beds, others have two double beds or two twin beds, while the real cheapos offer one double bed. As I said before, at home one bed is just fine, but when we are paying for a room, the more and bigger beds the merrier.

Now that we are in the room with all these beds, how many do you actually use? Twin beds, we use both. Double beds, again we use two. King- or queen-size beds, sometimes two, sometimes only one. We always sleep on the same side of the bed. I can't sleep on the wrong side of the bed, and have made my husband switch sides in the middle of the night. However, if I am alone in a king-size bed, I sleep on both sides, it doesn't matter at all. Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Do you take home those little bottles that are left in the bathroom? I almost forgot, the room must have a bathroom. I refuse to walk down the hall in my nightie, slippers, and bathrobe in the middle of the night in a place full of strangers.

How many keys do you get and what kind are they? Yes, the old-fashioned metal keys are not very secure, but I usually manage to struggle with those cards that you have to drag through a slot, wait for the flashing light and then open the door. I get the card backwards, can't see the light, and try to open the door either too soon or too late. Must be my age.

Do you actually use the pool once you get there? My husband and sons usually went for a dip if the pool was open when we were ready to use it. But personally, I don't like the smell of the chemicals, and I don't like to have to deal with wet bathing suits when traveling in the car. I guess I'm just a homebody, and not eager to leave my own bed. What about you?

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