Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Writer's Workshop: Dave-style Getaway

MamaKat's chosen prompt works perfectly for me today, it's almost unfair: 1.) If I sent you four hundred dollars today what is ONE thing you would spend it on and why. PS. I want my change.

I felt the need to make you laugh today, and, I'll be honest, I needed to laugh myself, after the emotionally charged remembrance of which I shared. We are heading out of town tomorrow, ironically to the same locale of which I spoke; the very locale which conjured up such bittersweet memories as late.

We're heading to the Dave Matthews Band show in Charlottesville, VA. By ourselves. NO kid. NO pains in my asses, stuck inside and all the more bitter for it dogs. The very definition of... THE GETAWAY.

It's okay.. the dogs will look after the 22-mo old toddler just fine. And toddler knows how to feed them. And I've previously stated he can get his milk out of the fridge, so what does he need us for? (In-law Grandma is heroically stepping up.)

We saw Dave in 1999 when we'd just started dating. We chose "Two Step" as our wedding entrance song. Our first dance was "Where Are You Going?" We saw Dave&Tim Reynolds in 2003 on an acoustic tour and listened to the live recording every car ride for two years.

So, yeah. Kind of a big deal to us. (That, and we haven't been to a concert since the Rolling Stones in 2005.)

Clearly you can see what I would do with the wad of cash MamaKat handed me, since tickets are a ridiculous nominal $65/ea. Hotels are an average of an unconscionable $200/night, and I we have very expensive taste nice favorite restaurants. She is not getting change. In fact, could I go time-and-a-half here?

Where's the funny? To save a few extra Benjamins, I've been looking into cheaper hotels, and reading their reviews. I think you'll appreciate these anonymous guest reviewers' honesty and attention to detail as I have:

:: Actual comments from the reviews on EconoLodge (if you don't believe me):
"In our room there was a used towel left on the bath door hook, the cold water in the sink did not work, and the phone did not work. The pool, although open in Sept., was murky. The bed was clean and comfortable and the location was good for us, but I would not go back."

"The expectations weren't high going into this as we were staying at an Econo Lodge. These low expectations weren't meet. There was no hair dryer, no iron, and a weird white film on the rug. The shower switched from cold to hot and back. This place was awful."

"This was probably the most dilapidated hotel I've ever stayed in. It's probably 15 years overdue for a renovation. We stayed two nights, but the housekeeping service never came to our room between the two nights. The towels were threadbare, the pillows were just collections of lumps inside a pillowcase, and the matresses were nearly crushed."

"1. The pillowcases were wrinkled, and unattractive on the bed. 2. The box spring had visible cigarette burns on it. 3. There was obvious lint & dirt behind the night stand and on the side of the bed closest to the wall. 4. There was no accessible outlet near the coffee pot, so I had to move it over to the next available outlet, which was very close to the sink. 5. The sheets didn't appear to be clean--there were brown spots on the top sheet."

"Do NOT stay in this hotel. It is dirty, the tub even had a ring around it, the towels were tan with dirt, carpets were dirty, PLUS we even had a bug, (I didn't see it, my daughter tells me it was a roach), crawl up our wall."


So, MamaKat.. send all $400, and send it quickly. The Omni's a bit more, food and gas are not cheap, and let's build in a little for parking tickets.

On second thought, don't worry about the cash. This getaway will be priceless.


Anonymous,  April 16, 2009 at 4:10 AM  

Enjoy the trip!

I'm so jealous. We haven't had a nice away since J's been born.

Love the hotel review.

jen April 16, 2009 at 4:16 AM  

i am incredibly jealous.
love dmb.
and seeing him in charlottesville is all the better.
and please ... don't stay there ... i need to take a shower after reading those reviews. yuck.

buffalodick April 16, 2009 at 6:12 AM  

I don't like motels, hotels, cheap or expensive... Hope you have fun, somehow!

Jenners April 16, 2009 at 6:54 AM  

Awesome getaway! Enjoy!

And I love those reviews ... so funny yet so creepy! My husband is a TripAdvisor fanatic so he is always checking out where we stay for JUST THESE REASONS! It is pretty bad when even your lowest expectations aren't met.

septembermom April 16, 2009 at 7:07 AM  

Watch out for those cheap hotels! I like checking out reviews too before booking anywhere. What would we do without the Internet?

I'm so, so jealous! I want to see Dave Matthews live so bad. Thanks for the video. Great to hear Dave in the morning:)

Cupcake Dessert April 16, 2009 at 7:29 AM  

wow... that hotel is not nice i guess lol... have fun on your getaway!! :)

H.K. April 16, 2009 at 9:14 AM  

The reviews were really gross, but it's amazing that they were still civil in their review!

I have heard that if you don't want to sleep in Hotel's sheets, there's a body bed bag, otherwise known as your sleeping bag! Enjoy your weekend!

mielikki April 16, 2009 at 9:38 AM  

excellent, have a fabulous time, it sounds really great. The hotel reviews did, indeed make me laugh. And cringe, at the same time.

Anonymous,  April 16, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

My daughter DMB last summer and she's going again this year. She absolutely loves him! In fact, she named her cat after one of his songs somehow. She's a big lyrics person and I think his lyrics just hit home with her.

pam April 16, 2009 at 12:31 PM  

I think we have stayed at a very similar place in Georgia. It was disgusting, I felt so gross being there. More though, I felt horrible having my children in there.

Our home is not spotless, but at least it is our dirt and not some random strangers.LOL

Jenni Jiggety April 16, 2009 at 1:25 PM  

Sounds like a FABULOUS Econolodge getaway!

IB April 16, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

Nice! I've seen DMB 3 times at "The Gorge". Awesome!

Mama Kat April 16, 2009 at 2:09 PM  

Yeah...but maybe you could spring for something a little fancier than the Econo Lodge. Ummm...yuck after reading those comments!!

And have fun!!! Money well spent...behave yourselves!

Musings of the Mrs. April 16, 2009 at 4:10 PM  

I love Dave and have seen him in concert MANY times, but the acoustic concert was my absolute favorite. I'm so jealous. You will have a great time - and I'm glad you splurged on the hotel. Roaches would probably ruin the romance.

Frogs in my formula April 16, 2009 at 6:19 PM  

Those reviews are hysterical. Have fun on your trip.

Ann's Rants April 16, 2009 at 6:19 PM  

I hope you have a wonderful time. The car ride alone with be terrific, just to talk for. one. second.

Still have tears in my eyes from that last post. That adorable girl. Beautiful tribute.

Casey April 16, 2009 at 9:18 PM  

Uhm, eww at the white film on the rug. Have a great trip, I saw DMB a few years back and he was incredible. Add a few beers and I fell in love with the dude.

Who cares if you have to sleep on the hotel balcony, you're going away WITHOUT CHILDREN. That is so damn cool.



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