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Old 02-19-2013, 04:55 PM   #21791
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The day my divorce was finalized, I stayed in a hotel in Memphis. It was a really nice hotel, but the maid beat on the door starting at 6:30 AM until I got up and answered. I don't mean a "polite knock". I mean, "open the ****ing door, it's the police" kind of pounding. Now, keep in mind, I had spent 10-11 hours the day before in court reliving every bad thing that ever happened during a nearly 8 year marriage. I was more emotionally and physically drained than even my worst days in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. She wanted to know when I would be checking out so that she could "clean it without disturbing" me. Friggin really? I told the manager, and he gave me a full refund and a gift certificate for breakfast.
When I complained about a room the manager would offer to refund the cost and gift certificates, etc. but since everything was paid for on the company dime I would counter with a request for something for me. Got a date with the hot manager out of it once (Yeah, she was female. Top to bottom. Some of you guys are just sick!!)
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:11 PM   #21792
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Me and a buddy will more than likely go to jail if we go back to massanuten va after what we did to that hotel room , thinking back on it we are ashamed but its still funny and not PG enough to post here , ill just say ALOT of beer some green stuff , coffee beans and over 1k rounds of pink and green paintballs . And later some phone calls from their police dpt and our local PD . It was bad , how we made the 5 hr trip home beats me , i know I woke up and someones front yard with the truck still running , hell I thought it was a path and cornfield . We were never the same after that trip . To make it all worse , it was one of those free timeshare sales pitch things .
We could make a movie out of that weekend and make millions , the hotel room in the hangover 1 was nothing .

Back in my younger meaner days we would leave the hotel with a toilet full and turn the heat on wide open .

We honeymooned in Vegas at the MGM Towers and I got a suite with a balcony so I could smoke and do other manly things . VERY VERY NICE room but we had to walk a mile to hit the casino . When your near the top floor and you have a glass railing balcony , make sure no one is below you when you pee off of it .
Yes I sprayed some folks
Me and Hotels , Rented Golfcarts and rental cars are a bad combo , rental cars in vegas ? Oh its over with but thats why I purchase top shelf insurance when i rent them . Guy said '' with this one , you can drop it off or just tell us where it is and its covered '' I cant explain what shape that suzuki grand ventara was in when we dumped it shortly after finding that dead body in the desert. Hey , it still had one tire holding air .
Wrote on the back glass '' how we do it in NC '' rolmao
There are times when I think you are an accident waiting to happen, but then I think Downsouth put it perfectly. The poster child for Karma. Think about that MobileMarine. If the things you do are one day returned upon you (or even worse, your kids!) in some form, would you still do them? I mean, I have had my wilder and woolier days for sure, but I also have remorse for and regrets when I have done something that ended up being hurtful. You might argue that the big rental companies, or big casino chains, won't feel the impacts of the damage you do but what about the people who actually do have to deal with that crap? Say, for instance, the hotel maid crew that had to clean up that toilet full of sh!t in the sweltering room you left them? And the maintenance guy who had to strip that room down into a dumpster (including the carpet) and rebuild it from the floor to the ceiling? That sort of sh!t work sucks donkey balls. I know, because I have done it (the work, not sucking donkey balls- don't want to try that one).
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:15 PM   #21793
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Most of the time when I travel I am alone. There is a chain lock or some sort of bar lock, a dead bolt and then the regular door lock. I really never feel unsafe, at least not in my room.
I travel internationally for my company. Usually it's a nice hotel, very secure, etc. Once in a while it's the other kind.

Being an engineer doesn't always mean looking for a high tech solution. Imagine a simple angled doorstop that's as wide as it is long down the slope. Looks like a square when you look down on it. Bottom has high traction material that will not budge across carpet or tile floor.

You don't wedge it under the door since that is easily seen from the outside. Instead put it on the floor about 1/2" in from the door directly below the door handle. That gets it away from the door sill and guarantees its flat on the floor for maximum traction.

If they get past the door locks (stolen maid's key...) they'll try to enter quickly before you can react. That first, fast movement of the door will wedge the door onto the doorstop. They'll faceplant into the door. None of that process will be quiet. If you weren't already awake, you will be when that happens. Short of a fireax chopping the door off its hinges, they won't be getting in the room.
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I spent $150 at the millenium in Cincinnati, woke up in the morning to a housekeeper unlocking the door and walking in. I mentioned I won't be back because of that, no discount or apology. Eff em.
When I went to Disney world with my ex the first three days the house Keeper unlocked our door even with the sign after I freaked out on her she didn't do that anymore
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You could have avoided all that. I think you have a friend that lives real close to Memphis tha would have set you up with the best he and his wife could muster.
I could have, but I was with my sister. She's kinda like me, she's a little stand offish with people she doesn't know real well.
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I could have, but I was with my sister. She's kinda like me, she's a little stand offish with people she doesn't know real well.
Understood, just don't let it happen again. :-P

Why all the way to Memphis, unless you wanted even odds for using your ccw ?
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Understood, just don't let it happen again. :-P

Why all the way to Memphis, unless you wanted even odds for using your ccw ?
Only because we could not find a single hotel in DeSoto county with a vacancy. We even had to share the room in Memphis. And after a day like that, and her having twins at home, we just wanted to completely chill with no familial obligations. Sleep in late, eat cookies, watch TV...

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Balota has the right idea on room security. Rubber door stops- 2 for a buck at the dollar store. Keep one in my computer bag.

Used to travel the back country in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, NM, etc- things like visiting cross country pipeline work. Learned to keep a sleeping bag, water and calories in toolbox of my truck- 'cause there IS no motel where you are going!

Worst motel I can recall was outside Columbia SC. There was a basketball tournament in town, EVERYTHING was booked. Place I found looked like the Bates Motel (see movie Psycho for reference) Slept on top of the bedspread, 45 on nightstand, chair wedged under door knob.

One of the nicest- Lake Placid NY. Took my lady on business trip there for a few days. The pool and hot tub were in a glassed atrium- remember soaking in the hot tub, watch snow land on the glass roof.
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Worst-the little no name rathole in Vivian Louisiana.
Best-the Marco Polo Beach Resort in Miami. Damn. Oh Damn. That was nice.

Wow. On the Marco Polo, I just read some reviews. Apparently, a lot has changed in 15 years. Oh well, I still have fond memories.

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There are too many for me to remember absolutes, but there was one in Blythe CA that was notably horrible. Cockroaches, rats, etc (signs of them at least) and when I saw the shower head was made for a 5-foot-tall person with the shower ceiling at all of 5' 6" I went to the office to check out. They said no deal so I called the company and told them to put a stop on the charge and hit the road. I was in desperate need of a shower, but not that desperate.

One of the nicest was the Interlaken Inn near Lime Rock CT in Lakeville. There was a 9-hole golf course nearby that was part of a boys prep school. Really nice course and cheap as all get out. One rule was the students could play through at any point on the course (they would frequently play a hole or two from one class to another). Forget the name of the school though. I haven't played golf much since I had that job.
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