|Me on my iPad in my fancy, dandy hotel room last night, checking my e-mail before I collapsed into bed|
I'm back home! I can truthfully say there really is no place like home.
Yesterday I had to stay overnight at the hotel where I work the front desk. My shift was from 3 pm to 11 pm. Significant Other drove me to work in his four wheel Jeep. That got me to work. I brought my suitcase just in case I had to stay overnight. That turned out to be a very wise decision.
As the hours progressed yesterday evening the Christmas Blizzard of 2010 became fiercer to the point where it would have been foolhardy to expect Significant Other to come in and pick me up at the end of my shift.
So I stayed at work, going outside every hour or so to shovel snow away from the two entrances to the hotel. Now wasn't that some fun with winds gusting up to 50 mph? I almost got blown against the wall a couple times by some exceptionally strong gusts of wind that had to be more than 50 mph.
In fact the wind was so insistently ferocious I started to question the wisdom of even shoveling the snow because as soon as I would shovel, the wind would blow more snow back against the doors. I kept shoveling and as it turned out that was a wise decision because it prevented any significant accumulation of snow around the doors to the hotel. The owner of the hotel came down this morning with shovels in hand and was pleasantly surprised that I had already done most of the work. Points scored.
I ended my shift early and went up to my room on the penthouse floor (fourth floor). One good thing about working in a hotel, there isn't a problem finding a place to stay. I chose a room with a big fluffy king sized bed that I collapsed in when I clocked out at 9 o'clock. There were only two other guests in the hotel and they were in the room next too me. They were stranded and decided to extend their stay. Yet another wise decision.
This morning at the hotel we had an event. What we call an "event" is when guests rent out the meeting room for a function. This morning there was a scheduled business meeting. Since the neither the manager, assistant manager or sales manager would be in to set up the event, guess who? Yep! It was moi.
This is what I call a Learning Experience. And what a way to learn! Well, I did pretty good. By the time the assistant manager came in I had everything set up (coffee, pastries, tea, sodas, tables, pens, and I even covered the projection stand with a table cloth - a tricky maneuver of pinning the table cloth just the right way). The only thing I forgot was to set out was a pitcher of cream for the coffee. The assistant manager caught that. She said it was no biggie. A minus for Ron!
The assistant manager took over my shift and I went back up to my penthouse room with that deliciously sensual king size bed (oh God did I ever drift away to La La Land last night once my aching body hit that mattress). I was awaiting word if the 3 pm shift clerk could make it in today. If not, I would stay at the hotel and fill in for her shift. As nice as the room was where I was staying (and it was nice, believe me), there is really no place like home.
At 12 noon I got the word. She would be in! I called Significant Other to come in and pick me up. And here I am now at home.
We had a little trouble getting into our development. A car was stuck right as you turned off the road. A tow truck hooked up to her car and pulled her out. The picture you see at the top of this blog is of the road to our house. As you can see, our road HAS NOT BEEN CLEARED. This bring back memories of last January and the back to back blizzard that we endured and survived. We couldn't get out of this development for four days!
We're not used to all this snow here on the eastern shore of southern Delaware. I remember what a lot of people said last year after we finally got through that second blizzard. They said "You'll never see another one of these in your lifetime." Ha! We just saw another one.
Never say never.