Dear friends, this is my message after a night on the lesser side of Houston where I have just left the Ramada Inn (the lesser of two Ramada’s) to plunk down at the United Club at the airport, and where I am stuffing myself with “pure butter shortbread” cookie thingies.
The things I have learned in the past 24 hours:
1) if you are destined to miss your plane, you will no matter how fast you run from the end of one terminal to the end of the other.
2) when an airline says they will put you up for the night, it does NOT mean at a luxury place or a place near to the airport (and they will fudge what they tell you or deflect or otherwise be unhelpful.)
3) locked windows policy does not apply to 3-story Ramada’s, which is good because opening a window clears away the bug killer smell.
4) you can be satisfied with a dinner of canned peaches from a salad bar at a place named Hot Biscuits that also, btw, serves breakfast at $3.99.
5) “Velvet” is the name of a real woman who works the night shift at the Ramada and she is sweet as they come.
6) there are automatic waffle makers that make damned good waffles. Now if only the syrup were the real stuff and the butter pats weren’t frozen.
7) the breakfast waitress calls you “ladybug” and you shouldn’t be flattered. She calls all women that.
8) closets, bathroom counters, complimentary toiletries, something in the minibar are all unnecessary luxuries. A good bed is a necessity, and it was.
9) what they lacked in ambiance was compensated for by the largest best selection of whiskies in the area, judging by the hang dog clientele draped over the bar through the night.
10) I enjoyed it, immensely, especially in the past tense. And now back to reading “Origin of the Species” and eating shortcake thingies. Next stop, Quito.
Photos below: note cement bags in lobby