Saturday, October 20, 2012

It Might Be Time

I’ve been traveling a lot lately. A LOT. Here, there, everywhere. Some for writing, some for family to-dos.

Seven weekends ago, I was in North Carolina.

Six weekends ago, I was in Chicago.

Five weekends ago, I was in Gainesville, Florida.

Three weekends ago, I went to Louisville.

Two weekends ago I was in Cleveland for Bouchercon, one of the biggest mystery conferences around.

Last weekend I was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

It was in Alabama that an incident occurred that made me think that it might be good to stay home for a while.

Here’s how it went down...

After a loooong ride to Alabama from Cincinnati, Mr. W and I had checked into the hotel, dropped off our stuff, and went out to dinner. When we came back, I pulled the keycard out of my purse and swiped it through the lock. Once, twice, three times. I double-checked the room number to make sure that I was swiping the right lock (I was). I tried the card again. Turned it upside down, backwards. The thing just wouldn’t work. 

Mr. W was just about to try his hand at it when I noticed something unusual about the card...

It was for the Marriott in Cleveland – not the Country Inn and Suites in Tuscaloosa.

Oops. Turns out I had quite the stash of keycards in my purse from various trips.

Now, Mr. W thinks this is a cautionary tale about not cleaning out my purse more often (ha!), but I think it’s a clear sign that I need to stay home for a while... 

Either way, I still laugh just thinking about if I had brought that card to the desk and complained about it not working.Thank goodness it didn't come to that.

Any trips on your horizon?