"Do Not Disturb" ... Just Kidding.

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
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Trip End Dec 31, 2009


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Today was a day off.  No school assemblies were scheduled, so we get a day off!  YAY!  If you're not staying in this Days Inn...

OK, so I'm not over it.  And yes, I'm a little upset.  My quarrel with the Days inn started the Friday after we arrived.  In every other hotel we have stayed in, and there have been many, the "Do not Disturb" signs have the implied meaning of "Do not Disturb."  Here it means, "if we're not in our room, please come it"  We got back from our workday Friday and our room was cleaned, fresh linen, towels, soap. Mike and I were confused, but concluded that we must have forgotten the sign on the door.  Easy mistake.  Kind of bothered because our valuables (computers, purse, wallet, underwear) were in plain sight, but nothing seemed tampered.

Monday, we get back from our school - same thing.  The room has been cleaned, and this time, both Mike and I were POSITIVE we left the sign on the door.  Who are these obsessive housekeepers?  Here's the kicker, Since I didn't expect them, I had my personal pillow with my personal pillow case on the bed.  THEY TOOK MY PILLOW CASE! 

When talking to the desk person, sweet, old, Romaine, we had an appology.  The next morning we met the manager.  (Who creepily came up to us while we got our continental breakfast to go and knew we were the couple on 420)  She assured me my pillow case was in the dryer and she'd have it for me when I got back from work.  She said housekeeping told her they;d asked us if they could clean our room before we left in the morning.  Which was a lie.  Then told us they have a policy to clean the room every other day.  Weird, but whatever.  They should have let us know this upon check in so we could prepare.  You know, instead of assuming the "Do not Disturb" sign would keep people out as it does EVERYWHERE ELSE.

I got my pillow case and we come to Wednesday.  It's the other day.  Cleaning day.  AND our day off. 

We were sleeping in.  Sign on the door, extra lock locked.  8:00 am  knock, knock, "Housekeeping"  Seriously.  When they try their key and can't get in, the phone rings at 8:30!!!!  I assume it was the front desk.  I say I assume because instead of giving them the benefit of talking to me, I picked up the phone then hung it up again then unplugged it so they couldn't call again.  THEN at 10:00, knock knock "It's the manager."  You have got to be kidding me.  We may get fewer interruptions if our sign read, please, join us for Wednesday Morning Brunch!

Through the door, she and Michael exchange words and it is agreed that we will leave our room at noon and they can clean then.  Mind you, I like sleeping in, I woke up with a head ache, and I didn't plan on going anywhere on this rainy day in PA.  So we called down to the desk to ask if they could possibly just clean tomorrow.  When we were told that "This is the policy.  And with as much stuff as you have in your room, we really like to clean to make sure there arne't bugs or anything in the room."  BUGS!?!?!  Yes, I was offended that she thinks bugs are living in my suitcase ready to destroy her hotel.  Not to mention that she shouldn't know how much stuff we have because we never authorized anyone opening our door!

We ate lunch in the breakfast room while they cleaned our insect infested room.  When we got back to the room, the "Do Not Disturb" sign was hidden from us.  haha.  we found it on top of the mini-fridge under the counter.

I learned today that one of the hardest things about being a Christian is being identified with Christ.  We are here booked under the name "Youth for Christ"  (they're paying for our hotel this week per their contract with Camfel).  There were a LOT of things I wanted to say but couldn't because I didn't want the people here to associate my bad attitude with YFC and ultimately with Christ.  This got me thinking large life scale.  Who we associate with affects how people view us.  How we act affects how people view who we associate with.  I am in no way talking now about Christian segregation.  Christ saught out the unattractive of his culter and called out the fakes who showed favoritism.  By all means we should do the same - loving the unloveable, reaching the unreachable, caring for those uncared for.  But in whoever we meet, whatever we do, we need to realize that we aren't the only ones being judged.  Christ also is being seen through us.  And sometimes that makes life hard.
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