Sunday, October 31, 2010

Travel on the Cheap

Ryan went to Memphis, Tennessee this past weekend for a pedo interview.

Upon arrival, Ry was greeted by a big lady at the rental car desk: "And what can I do for you today, Sweetness?"

Welcome to the South!

As you can imagine, flying all over the country to residency interviews is pricey, so Ry has committed to do it on the budget plan.

We couldn't find anyone for him to stay with in Memphis, so we decided that his first night, he would stay at the cheapest hotel in town, and the second night, he would sleep in the airport.  His flight was scheduled to leave at 6:00 a.m., so it didn't seem worth paying for a hotel just to get up at 3:00 a.m.  Do you agree?

On the day of his big interview, after a lovely night's sleep at the Airport Plaza Motel, Ryan discovered at 5:30 a.m. that the shower wasn't working.  Because his interview breakfast started in less than an hour, he didn't have time to change rooms, so he just washed his hair in the sink and put on a little extra deodorant.  Classy!  He tried to demand a refund when he checked out, but they gave him some nonsense about how the manager wasn't on duty.  Don't worry...his wife will be calling.

After a long day of interviews (he had eight individual interviews in addition to a breakfast and lunch and a facilities tour), I told him that he deserved a good's night sleep.

"Just get a hotel,"  I texted.  "You've had an exhausting day."

"Too late," he responded.  "I got ice cream instead.  I ordered a large instead of a small."

I had to laugh when I read that.  Talk about easy to please.  I hope the ice cream was abnormally delicious.

Luckily for Ry, I think we've found people for him to stay with during all of the rest of his interview visits.

I hope their showers work!


  1. Ummmm, yes, you should definitely get a refund!!! Even if it is a partial one. Crazy Memphis motel!

  2. What a nightmare! You call, girl! Good ol' Ry!

  3. I love reading your blog! It's so fun and uplifting!AT church on Sunday I told the kids I was thankful for hot running water! I'm glad he took it like a champ! For the amazing salad recipe I am going to make that on Thursday - so you can try it there! You will love it! I just add vegetables that I like.

  4. Here's another phrase to use if you're going to the south "Have a blessed day". He'll fit right in:) If he ever decides to do any in Atlanta, we even have an air mattress he could sleep on!

  5. Sweetness?!? That is classic. Only Ryan would be that good of a sport. Can you imagine your response if he told YOU to sleep in the airport and at a dive? I would say, "Forget it!!"


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