The way I'm tempted by candy and chips and rice crispy treats, I NEED this towel over my head to avoid all the stuff these fancy hotels place in our rooms. Mel is in conference today, and I'm trying to write in our room, but the hotel where we're staying has set out Evian water (spelled backwards? Naive) at $5.00 a bottle. And not a big bottle, a little bottle. And cookies and treats and chips are outrageously expensive, but they're placed in this tray that is electronically connected so that if you even MOVE something on the tray? You get charged for it on your room bill. What would happen if I lost my balance and fell into the thing? I walked down the street and bought my own, cheaper, bottles of water and gluten-free breads and cheeses for snacks that are much better for us. Oh, my goodness, the Farmer's Market here in San Francisco has fresh figs and persimmons. We had them for dinner last night. Love those fruits that we never get in Missouri.
Okay, back to the griping. The Bible tells us not to tempt others to sin--since I don't have mine with me right now, and my walking concordance is in class, I can't come up with book, chapter or verse that says this, so if someone else can give me the passage, I'll gladly take it and place it on the dresser when we leave. We have a refrigerator in our room, but we aren't allowed to use it, because it stores all the alcohol and sodas at outrageous prices.
And you know what's worse? There's a little sign in front of that tray of tempting food on our dresser that says our own personal items (foods, waters, etc.) will be removed daily. So I am leaving the Do Not Disturb sign out all the time we're here. I did that the first day at the last hotel--Mel's doing two back-to-back conferences--and security came to the door that evening to see if we were okay. Oh, brother. Yes, I know housekeeping depends on my tips, but do not kick me out of the room while I'm trying to work so you can clear away my nutritious food. It was the warning that they would remove my personal food items that really set me off.
Now, for the fun part, as Kris already said, we got to spend the day together Wednesday! Such fun. I enjoy Kris so much. I had emailed a young friend of mine about getting to see Kristin Billerbeck, and she wrote back, "I love her books! She's so funny." Yes, she is. Kris can make me laugh even if she, herself, is depressed. It takes a real talent for that kind of humor. It's why she's so much fun to be with.
So, my gripe session is over and I have ended on a happy note--seeing one of my GWO friends is always a happy note. It's time to go back up to the room and get to work. I have deadlines to meet. If anyone can share that passage about tempting others, I'd appreciate it.
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