I’m Being Thrifty and Autumn Is Coming

23 Jul

In order to achieve my upcoming super epic Lollipop Tuesday post, I had to pony up for a hotel room in the heart of good ol’ Virginny.   

It’s incredible how my experience of hotel rooms has changed as of late.  Since I’ve entirely nixed television from my life and I refuse to put air conditioning in the apartment, an evening in a hotel is like a venture into another world.  

A world where I’m not irritable and uninformed.

It might actually be kind of nice if I didn’t have to pay for Internet, didn’t always have strangers in the hall, and had a place to put leftovers.  Now that’s not winter, I can’t just throw them on the window sill.  It’s unfortunate because I love those opportunities.  It makes me feel like there are rewards to my intellect.


There’s always something I really need at a hotel that I didn’t bring with me and could really, really use.  Like last night when I ordered one of those freak pizzas that have a tiny little baby slice on one side and an enormous mutant piece on the other.   If I’m at my house and for some reason am without something I need, I can come up with alternatives.  I may not have Pepto Bismol, but I’ve got baking soda.  Or I can’t find a toothpick, but I’ve got a paper clip.   But when I’m in a hotel and I need a freaking knife, there’s absolutely nothing that can be done short of going down to the hotel bar and requesting one outright.    I have no ability to improvise. 

In a real fix, I could use materials from the complimentary Bible but that comes with a host of negative consequences.

air conditioner

Photo by Michelle Tribe. Click for credits.

Perhaps there was more refined improvisaiton, but I couldn’t think of it because my brain was in a state of shock from the air conditioned cold.

I’m not sure if I’ll survive much longer without the AC in my apartment if 1) the heat doesn’t stop getting all ‘hey look what I can do’ on us  and 2) I don’t stop visiting grocery stores/department stores/work/hotels that have air conditioning.   

I just have to tell myself I’m being thrifty and autumn is coming.


“I’m being thrifty and autumn is coming.   I’m being thrifty and autumn is coming.  I’m being thrifty….” 


5 Responses to “I’m Being Thrifty and Autumn Is Coming”

  1. thesinglecell July 23, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    I’m impressed with your commitment to Lollipop Tuesday. Costing you serious coin in the midst of thriftiness… but you needed that night! Sometimes a key works as a knife in a total pinch. Or even the hotel room key, which you don’t have to give back. But I would have loved to know how you would McGuyver a key out of the Bible. That would be sweet.


    • Jackie July 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

      oh man – a key. that’s certainly common sensical. DAMMIT


  2. Jules July 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Don’t you love those unevenly sliced pizzas? The tiny baby sized slice is always the first to be devoured. I treat it kind of like an appetizer. ;D


    • Jackie July 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

      I can’t imagine the kind of rush a business must be in to let an enormous mutant piece get out the door.


      • Jules July 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

        It’s take home pizza. Take the expectation meter down a new notches. 😀


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