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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On the Road Again - Part 1 of 2

Good morning,

I'm on the road again, this time heading for Port Canaveral.  These images are of the first day driving from Cincinnati to Atlanta. 
I'm behind the wheel this time so the images are straight ahead unlike the last trip to Atlanta when My Honey was driving and I could take pictures in all directions.  ;)
This time My Honey had gone ahead six days before by plane while I stayed behind to take care of some family business and pack things that we could only bring by car.
I arrived in Atlanta and had made my reservation at the Hampton Inn in Stockbridge on the South side of town.  I planned that so I could get up and go early in the morning without having to go through the city traffic.  I had been on the road for nine hours and was ready for a good night's sleep before an even longer drive the next day.
There was the usual slow Atlanta traffic and a couple of accidents to make it even slower. 

I got to the hotel, logged on, checked out my blog, read through blogger-friend's sites, and got ready for bed.  Then it happened....

Before I go any further, I just want everyone to know I love kids.  I really LOVE kids.  I had three of my own who are now grown and now have six grand kids.  I love them, but I also expect them to behave.  I don't know about any other times, but when they are with me, they behave.

...and now, back to my story:

The American Little League had 20 rooms in the hotel.  According to their t-shirts, they were all from Georgia.  Great kids, but WILD.  The sad part about the whole thing was they were so out of control and their parents didn't seem to care. 

I rarely complain, but I did this time.  I called the desk and asked that the people in the room above mine be asked to stop screaming, running, and jumping over my head.  I didn't even mention the ones running up and down the hall outside my room.  I figured they would go into a room above or below someone else who would call. 

The man at the desk was very nice and immediately said he would be happy to call them.  He offered to move me to another room.  No, thank you.  It was 8 PM, I had had my shower and was ready to settle down and go to sleep so I could get up early.  Anyway, I'm not the one causing the problem.  Why should I move?

He called upstairs.  Then he called me back and told me he had called them and asked them to be quiet. I thanked him.  It got a little more quiet for at least five minutes. 

I planned to be up about 6AM and out at 7AM, but that wasn't going to happen.  The kids were still wild at 11PM, then they calmed down just long enough for me to start to fall asleep before someone would scream and jump again.

I have a suggestion for Hampton Inns:  put the kids in their own wing of the hotel, not on their own floor where they will bother people above and below them.  I have a suggestion for the American Little League:  rent a camp site.

Tune in tomorrow to find out how very lucky I got the next night!  *chuckles* 

You won't believe it....




Wanda..... said...

Seems like you just got back Lois and here you are cruising again! So, I guess you arrived safely after that terrible night's sleep, Hampton should have given you a big discount.

Can't imagine what we won't believe!

Diana said...

My husband hates Atlanta traffic! We had been in the same situation at a hotel once Lois, It really makes you wonder exactly what DO the parents do?! Drive safely!
Love Di ♥

Sherry said...

I'm amazed at how you can make a dismal situation humorous! Hope the next night was better.

Deere Driver said...

Oh My!
Shades of our trip to St. Augustine when my daughter was in high school. Even she was amazed at how badly those elementary school kids and PARENTS were. Sounds like they went to your hotel this year!

When I came out of my room and gave chase the next morning and also contacted the principal of the school. it seems they still weren't concerned.


Beatrice P. Boyd said...

You were much calmer than I would have been in a similar situation, Lois. And you were so right in saying "Why" should you move? I liked your suggestion to Hampton Inn. I have a better one to the parents...leave the kids at home, on the bus...hope you got some rest. Where is the next cruise heading?

Elaine said...

There really is no excuse for kids to behave that way in a hotel, but I've had it happen with adults who were partying. Really really no excuse there! Not a good way to start a trip!

Lois Evensen said...

Good morning,

Yes, that first night was a difficult one, but it did get better. ;)

You are all correct that the parents were to fault. They were partying, too, and really didn't care how much noise their kids made.

Beatrice, we are aboard Freedom of the Seas where the satellite connection is so slow.... click... click... click... BUT, the ship and the cruise are wonderful. We are sailing out of Port Canaveral to the Eastern and Western Caribbean on alternating weeks.

I have some darling pictures of the kids that I had all uploaded, then have held back for a couple of reasons. I know the kids will enjoy seeing themselves and the cousins out of town will love it, too, so I am going to see if I can get those on here. I am working on getting lots and lots of pictures of this ship and ports, too.

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by.

Very best,