Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hotel Rooms Are Never Perfect.

 Spending as much time as we have in hotel rooms,
the Hawthornes have come to the conclusion
 that there is no perfect room.

Mr. Hawthorne always complains about the TVs.
He misses his gazillion inch flat screen digital TV
with a remote control that a NASA engineer
would have a hard time using.

I prefer for the sink to be in the bathroom,
not in an alcove outside.
Whenever the sink is outside,
I will inevitably get in the shower first,
then remember that the soap, shampoo, and conditioner
are always on the sink outside.

I do not understand why the light switches
for the bathroom are placed outside the bathroom.

I do not understand why one switch
controls both the fan and the light,
since sometimes I need to go in the bathroom
to make a phone call and I can't hear with
the fan blowing at jet engine decibels.

I have never understood bathrooms with two sinks in them.
(BTW, that remains me of a woman I knew years ago.
She was building a new house and proudly
showing it off to me.
Her bathroom had two toilets in it.
His and hers.
I could never wrap my brain around that one,
but I digress.)

Don't get me started on the lack of electrical outlets.
We have a lot of things that need to be
 plugged in and run and/or charged,
and the dearth of outlets is a big problem for us.
And when they do have outlets,
they're not in the right places.

Lighting is another problem area.
Or rather, I should say, lack of lighting.
One place had a broken bulb
with filaments exposed -
the only light in the room.
I asked for that to be fixed but it never was.
I also hate it when they have two lights on 
the bedside table and one switch works both lights.
There should be two switches -
one for each light.
And generally, 5- 10 watt bulbs are the norm.

The occasional family of elephants in the room above
can also be a problem.

And we've also had our share of stopped-up sinks
and broken toilets.

I'm sure there are more.

But my favorite "inconvenience"
was this one:

Mr. Hawthorne's bed was 2 feet next to the sign.
I was waiting for him to spontaneously combust at any time.


EAM said...

Rosie, one thing I never travel with out is a cheap three-to-one outlet converter. (I learned this trick traveling overseas, where you need AC converters). Anyway, you can plug in your phone, laptop, and camera into one outlet to recharge.

Marilyn said...

I second EAM's recommendation. I have one that I keep in the suitcase that I use just for my cell phone and my iPod. I also have a travel surge protector that has USB ports on one end that I always take along so that I can plug my computer in to that.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

We meant to bring our surge protector from home and forgot. And whenever we get to a WalMart we still don't remember.

Marilyn said...

Rosie, you have a smart phone now: use it to write your shopping list. I use my iPhone for my shopping list all the time. It's wonderful. Grasp the technology.

Anonymous said...

"Grasp the technology."
Hahahahahaha! Good one.
Have you met Rosie?

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Thank you, Mar. Perhaps I shall look into this new technology of which you speak. And Anony, I know who you are. Bitch.