Well, well, well. I'm coming to you live from the friendliest and most confusing hotel on earth AGAIN. I have had a work training all week long and I am READY TO GO HOME and also READY FOR A HOME COOKED MEAL.
I can expense my meals, but I work for a non-profit so I try not to spend too much and also, none of my friends are at this particular training and it's no fun eating dinner in a restaurant all alone.
So basically I've been living on a steady diet of Subway turkey sandwiches and Moe's taco salads all week. Matt had a fancy work dinner himself last night and he called me on his way home to tell me that the bill was $1800.
For eight people.
So it's a good thing I don't struggle with jealousy or anything.
Tonight I ventured out to wander around the Target across the street from the hotel and grab a taco salad. It was snowing when I left Moe's and I strongly considered just leaving my car in the parking lot and walking the quarter mile back to the hotel. After much deliberation I gathered up my courage and drove Old Blue back to the hotel like a normal, levelheaded twenty six year old woman. The lot was packed so I had to park around the side of the hotel, and once I did so, I sat in my car for a while just listening to Christmas carols and staring at the snow and thinking about the long trek to the front door and the possibility that I could slip and fall.
I know. I have some serious issues with snow.
As I sat there, a man in a jeep parked next to me and got out. I figured it was the perfect time for me to get out too because in case I fell there would be someone to help me (what is wrong with me?).
I locked up my car and the man in the jeep said, "Perfect timing, do you want me to let you in the warm door?"
I hesitated because I've seen Criminal Minds, but he told me he was the hotel manager and would let me in the side employee entrance so I didn't have to trek through the slippery snow to the main door.
As we walked in he said, "So, are you here for that big college party?"
"No," I said, "I'm actually here for work."
"Wait a second? You work here?"
No, sir, if I worked here I would certainly know about this convenient employee entrance and I'd also know you, my boss.
He let me in the door and said, "Alright, do you know where you're going?" and while I really wanted to say, "No, but that's no different than any other time I enter this hotel," I just said, "Yes, thank you!" and made a joke about hoping I wasn't on the college party wing and we laughed.
Because after I made my way across/over/up to my room and settled under the covers with my new book and Christmas carols on Pandora, the college students descended. All guys. All around me. They THUNDERED down the hall and I heard slamming doors and discussion about which bags go in which room and and at one point I even heard a key slide into my door and then a voice said, "OH MAN, THIS IS 325. WHO'S IN 325? ARE WE IN 325?"
No, R.J., I'm in 325. TRYING TO RELAX.
After about two minutes of silence they all reconvened in the hallway and I literally laughed out loud at their conversation. I cannot remember the last time I heard such excitement.
"YOU GUYS HAVE TWO BEDS? THAT IS SO AWESOME!"
"A MICROWAVE? NO WAY! R.J., DO WE HAVE A MICROWAVE?"
"CHECK OUT THIS COUCH!"
"LOOK AT THIS, DUDE- SOME SORT OF COT OR BED THAT HAS WHEELS!"
"YO WE HAVE A RECLINING CHAIR AND A BENCH IN HERE!"
"HEY HOW DID YOU GUYS GET A ROOM WITH TWO BEDS?"
And on. And on.
And let me clarify that this is a very old Holiday Inn in central Pennsylvania we're talking about.
This is not the Ritz Carlton.
(I feel qualified to compare the two because I have very fancy friends who booked the Ritz Carlton for my bachelorette party. Except the whole thing was a surprise and Michelle picked me up and ordered me to wear a blindfold all the way to the lobby of the Ritz. She reports that we were on the receiving end of many confused looks on the drive. Especially when I would wave to the cars next to us.)
Anyway, the college boys returned to their rooms where they discovered that the curtains at the end of the room were not covering a window, but a door.
To the balcony.
The hotel is shaped like a "U" and evidently other members of their crew are on the opposite side of the U and they can conveniently scream to each other across the courtyard.
Which they did.
For ten minutes.
Basically it was a lot of "WHAT UP MAN?"
"HEY ANY OF YOU GUYS HAVE A ROLL AWAY BED ON THAT SIDE? WE HAVE A ROLL AWAY BED OVER HERE! IT'S AWESOME!"
Then they screamed across the courtyard their plans to power nap until 10:30 and then meet up and hit the town.
Something tells me I should go to bed now because I have a funny feeling I'll be awake at 3:00 a.m.