i'm sad to inform you that the sketchiness did not end at the gas station that day (see earlier post). since the kuzanna grandma offered to pay for our hotel on this trip we decided to find something cheep, yet safe. little did we know that those two descriptive words don't go together when in reference to a hotel room. we posted up at the kuzanna grandma's house and searched until we found a howard johnson that was cheep and had good reviews. i guess what we didn't take into consideration was that the people posting those reviews probably had way lower standards than we do. or there is always that we are more easily scared than most people- which ever you choose to believe- we are ok with. you can decide for yourself what is sketchy from the list i (kuzanna ruthie) have compiled below of the sketchy things that happened during our stay at hj.
1.) when we arrived for check-in there was a lizard in the lobby. yes. a lizard. of all the animals/rodents that could possibly infest a hotel lobby... a lizard? really? and mind you, this was not a pet lizard that the hotel keeper had in a tank; this was a wild lizard running around checking out the continental breakfast that- you guessed it- we will not be eating. sketchy? we think so.
2.) the hotel is one level (is that a hotel or motel, i don't know the difference) anyway it is one level with the doors out to the parking lot... sketchy. i watch crime tv shows and i know what happens at hotels/motels that look like this and it's never good. remember joy ride? just sayin'. so we set in the car looking at the door that will lead us to the room we are staying in. should we go in? do we really have a choice?
3.) as we are setting in the car looking at the door to the room we are staying in, we look over to the room next to us and notice 3 to 4 college age boys (unattractive) looking at us out their room window while drinking beer :o sketchy? YES! while this pushes us to unload and get in the room we are no less sketched out by this place. ohhh lord, please don't let us die here! this is not the way we want to go.
4.) we walk into the room and it's not that bad... so we think. it's not as nice as places we have stayed before, but it's livable (one the surface). this is where we learn what seems ok on the surface isn't always what is really there. so we basically just throw our stuff down and speed away to get super in effort to make it back before the place goes dark because everybody knows that if it is sketchy in the daylight... it's more sketchy at dark.
5.) if you know me (kuzanna ruthie) you know that i don't ever miss my crime shows on tv... criminal minds, the mentalist, csi, without a trace and all the others. which mind you is probably not the best shows to be watching late at night in the wolds sketchiest hotel/motel room. however, i can't miss them so we watch them whilst laying on our perspective beds... when it happens... something starts to smell of urine. not good. really not good.
6.) when we finally decide to go to bed, i (kr) pull down the covers of my bed and notice a spot on my blanket! ewwww ewww eww ew NOT GOOD! the sheets look clean so i decide just to sleep with the sheet and no blanket, but kuzanna randi later wakes up with her blanket on her face, screams, and the throws it off of her saying it smells like bodily fluid. do i even need to ask? sketchy?
7.) during the night we hear banging all around us on the walls and people talking and yelling. i will not go into any detail as to what i presume all the commotion to be about, but i'm sure you can come up with your own guesses.
we made it out alive i am proud to say, but never ever never again will we be staying in a cheep hotel/motel room.
lesson learned: when it comes to your safety, life, good hygiene and the like... expensive is the way to go.