December 14th, 2004


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Another hotel story.

Most of the people that stayed in the hotel were very nice, though we had some weirdos. This one guy in particular was just creepy. He stayed in the hotel for a week or so. Every night he would frequent our bar then go to all the other bars in town (Population: 4,500. Churches: 7. Bars and liquor stores: 50 gazillion.)

This man, luckily, never paid much attention to me. He didn't hit on me (thank god) but every evening as I sat behind the desk counting down the minutes till 11 pm I would see this man walking drunkenly up the stairs to his room with a DIFFERENT drunk woman every night.

He had a sword, too, one of those ones that is disguised as a cane. Once he was showing to some very admiring ladies in the lobby. ("Check it out! You take this thing off and it's a sword!" "Ooooh, it's SO BIG!")

Once, right as my shift was ending, I answered the phone and it was the Pipeline, a bar just down the street from the hotel. One of the waitstaff was calling to tell me that he had found one of our keys. It belonged to the swordman. I didn't know where swordman was, so I went over to the Pipeline and picked up the key, which was kind of annoying just because I was tired and this guy had already caused me trouble.

The worst part about him, though, was his girlfriend/wife/live-in nookie or whatever she was. She didn't live at the hotel, and I don't know where this guy came from but he was always getting calls from this woman. Part of my job was to ring people through to rooms or, if no one answered, take a message for that room. I didn't mind this. However, this woman had a VERY thick accent (maybe Asian, maybe Philipino, maybe something else) and spoke fairly little coherent English. Normally I didn't mind when she called, I understood who she wanted to talk to and could ring her through, or take a short message. But she would call EVERY SINGLE DAY at least 2 or 3 times, and sometimes, if the guy didn't answer his phone she would ask me if he had a woman with him. Sometimes she would ask this when I knew that he DID have a woman with him, but really I didn't think I should have to be the one to tell her that her man was a slimeball.

One night she called and I rang her through, and as usual he didn't answer, so I picked the phone back up and asked if I could take a message. Sobbing, she said, "YES. You tell him I not ever wan' to see him again an' I find someone ELSE to love and he not a good person and *more incoherent sobbing rambles* and I HATE him and I throw all his stuff away and he never ever to see me again or talk to me!"


I wrote, "She doesn't want you to contact her again." on the message slip because I really didn't want to write all that down, plus it's not like it was any of my business. I SHOULD have said, "Ma'am, I'll tell him to call you but I will not break up with him for you. That's not my responsibility." but I really just wanted to get her off the phone.

I gave the guy his message when he came in that night and he didn't seem too distraught, just nodded and went to his room.

A few days later, I was checking someone into a room when a cop came in and asked for the guy's room number. I wasn't supposed to give out room numbers, but I gave it to the cop and he went up to the room, then came down and tried to call the room, then thanked me and left. Seems the guy had assaulted someone at a bar the night before. The cops got him and locked him up so I never had to deal with him again except for when he sent a friend to pick up his junk from his room and I had to call the jail to make sure I should release the stuff.
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Stolen from Pollo's journal

1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Moved to an entirely new state that I'd never been to before, and planned to stay there for an indefinite amount of time.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? My New Years' resolution is ALWAYS "lose weight" and it never happens...I'm going to have to think up another one, like "Stop being such a spaz" or something.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Noo...but one of my best friends is preggers, and due in January.

4. Did anyone close to you die? My dog died this summer.

5. What countries did you visit? Canada and the U.S. But the U.S. doesn't really count.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004? A permanent job.

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Um...I have a bad memory for dates.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Graduated from college, baby!

9. What was your biggest failure? Not being able to find a permanent job.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I broke my pinky this summer.

11. What was the best thing you bought? I bought a car, a 1996 Ford Explorer. It needs some work done, but it got me from Oregon to Wisconsin, so I reckon it's good enough. *pats Hoss affectionately*

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Er...I didn't shove anyone overboard this summer...does that count?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Right now I'm pretty pissed at Jonathon from Amazing Race...the man is the Antichrist. And not even the cool one. He's like Hitler and Scott Peterson in one.

14. Where did most of your money go? Oh christ, I have to remember? Well, rent and electric, probably.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Keels and I talked more about starting our own freelance copyediting business.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004? "How am I Doin'" by Dierks Bentley.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you...

i. happier or sadder?:
About the same, I guess.

ii. thinner or fatter?: I don't know. I make a point of not checking regularily. I think I FEEL like I'm thinner, though.

iii. richer or poorer?: Poorer. Much. *wry face*

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Painting.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Sitting on my butt.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? Here in Wisconsin with my mom, my brother, Keely, Keely's bf, and his parents.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004? Nope. Well, yeah. With Ben&Jerry's oatmeal cookie ice cream. But then the store stopped carrying it. And I wept.

24. What was your favorite TV program? Lost. *fangirls for Dom*

26. What was the best book you read? Um...I've read a lot of books this year...most of them were good.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? More Loreena McKennit, I guess.

28. What did you want and get? A short-term job at a music catalog. Now if I could just find a long-term one.

29. What did you want and not get? A scanner.

30. What was your favorite film of this year? The Incredibles. And RotK and PoA, too.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I worked on the boat, and when we docked the bosses had brought ice cream bars. Then we all went to the pub for a few drinks. Then I went home and ate a nice dinner and some cake with my mom and brother.

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If I had come into a large amount of money without anyone close to me dying.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004? "Same as high school."

34. What kept you sane? Who said I'm sane?

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Oooh, I don't know. Someone. Probably. Maybe Johnny Depp like the rest of the world. Or Dom.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? The fact that our Commander-in-Chief is a chimp isn't comforting. But that whole thing about gay marriage and dudes in Alabama wanting to remove any books with homosexual references...yeah, that's got me kinda upset, too. /understatement

37. Who did you miss? I miss most of my family...they all live on the west coast.

38. Who was the best new person you met? About the only new people I've met lately are Keely's bf and his family. They are all very nice.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004: Procrastination gets you nowhere.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I don't know any song lyrics that sum up my year, so I'll make one up.
o/' I graduated from college, baby.
I worked as a proofreader, baby!
I went back to Alaska, worked on the boats,
Didn't push anyone into the freezing cold water, baby!
My dog died from an embolism, baby.
I was in two weddings, baby!
I moved to Wisconsin with my best friend
and now I can't find a job! YEAH! Rock on!o/'

I should be in a band. I think I've found my new calling.