Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hey, no problem. I hope you locate him! Have a nice night now.

So why am I writing this at 2:00 in the morning when I need to be up in 4 hours?

Because I forgot. I completely forgot.

I forgot that every time I stay in a hotel for business I end up having some lame ass problem that totally screws up my sleep for the night.

So what is it this time?

1:00 a.m. - As I sleep in a blissful coma my phone suddenly starts ringing. But by the time I am conscious enough to figure out what the hell is going on to answer it, it stops. So I close my eyes and go back to sleep.

1:05 a.m. - My phone rings again. This time I answer it right away but no one says anything on the other end. So I begin to worry that someone is trying to reach me for something important and I call the front desk to ask Ben if he has patched an outside call through to my room. As I'm talking to him, my phone rings again - on line 2. But because my phone has 37 buttons on it, I have no idea how to answer it.

Ok, first of all - why the hell does my hotel phone need to have 2 lines, a hold, mute and speaker phone button. This is a stupid hotel room, not a friggen call center. Here's what I need in a hotel phone - kay?

1:10 - I almost fall back asleep when it rings again. And now I'm fed up.
"HELLO!"
"Zach?"
"What?"
"Oh, I'm sorry. I must have the wrong number." *click*

GAH!!!

And that, my friends - is why I'm writing this at 2:00 in the morning.

Oh look... it's 2:30 now.

Yippie.

23 comments:

Sam said...

I am writing this at 2 o clock in the morning because it is 11am for me.

My other half is alwasy jealous of all the hotels I stay in - but I hate them.

Sarah said...

Ahh Jeff that really sucks. I hope you got to sleep soon after hitting "Publish". Did you sleep well after that??

cathouse teri said...

Yeah, I don't have that problem. You can wake me up fifty times in the night and I can go right back to sleep.

I guess you could have the desk make it so your phone cannot receive any calls after a certain time. I think they do that.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Here's a little tip I picked up from my grandmother, of all people. Whenever she got a wrong number call after the person would ask--"Is so and so there?" She would always say, "They just left. They said they were on their way to your house." And hang up.

Not that that is going to help you get any sleep. I'm just sayin...

Jormengrund said...

This is the reason whenever I go to some kind of hotel, I unplug the phone.

Just sayin'!

Mom Thumb said...

I think there is something in your genetic makeup that triggers hotel phones to ring spontaneously at the wee hours. You might want to have that checked.

cathouse teri said...

I still think we should stick with the generic, "I'm sorry. I don't speak English."

VE said...

Hey Teri. Thanks for the idea of calling Jeff on his hotel phone in the middle of the night. That was pretty funny! Let's sign him up for AARP now. ha ha ha ha

Jacki said...

Oh I feel your pain! I hate being woken up by the phone when I am blissfully sleeping.

A couple of months ago our local sheriff's department sent out automated calls warning people to lock their car doors because there had been several cars stolen or broken into the past couple of weeks. Good information, but I don't know why they had to do that at 1:00am! I was so mad!

cathouse teri said...

Hee hee. He makes it so easy, too! I mean, it's not like we don't know where he lives, hangs out, who he hangs out with, etc. :)

Michelle said...

Ohhh I've SO been there. How about when the a/c all of a sudden comes on full blast in the middle of the night and you wake up an icicle but there are NO more blankets in the room. Or when you have Riverdance staying above you doing a midnight practice? I'm so sorry.... And yes, I've unplugged those damn phones before.

Heather said...

Your luck is awesome.

Roger said...

I can never sleep when I am a hotel, I just lay there with the TV on watching... whatever. I hate sleeping in hotel rooms, especially when I am by myself.

Tpp bad the guy looking for Zach didn't want to carry on more of a conversation, I mean imagine the blog material... Oh wait.

Hope tonight is more peaceful for you.

Elizabeth said...

It always seems that there's some high-school sports team staying on the same floor with me. Running up and down the hall, screaming and laughing at 11:00 at night. Ugh, I just want to find their chaperones and shake some sense into them! Or maybe I want to shake them senseless. I don't know, one of the two.

Corrina said...

Oh how SUPER annoying! It doesn't help that most hotel phones ring like dead people sleep there. SOOO loud!

Babs (Beetle) said...

Not a good night then? ;O)

I am fortunate, in that I can go right back to sleep after a disturbance.

carlae said...

I always try to sound so awake when I answer the phone from a deep sleep. I never fool anyone.

Jen - Queen of Poo said...

I can never sleep in hotels either, but that's just because I have a very specific sleep routine and anything different upsets it. I can't sleep if the wrinkles aren't in the right places in the sheets. I always travel with my own pillow and some benedryl to hopefully knock me out.

Sarah♥ said...

That sucks!

Kathy at The Junk Drawer said...

Brutal. They should have text messaged the other person instead. That always works much better, or so I've heard.

Maureen said...

Gah. Yesterday hubby was watching "1408" nicely forgetting that I was going to be in a hotel room by myself later this week. Once he fell asleep (about 30 minutes into the horror flick) I turned the channel to cartoons.

Criminy.

Free Music said...

yeah have a nice night

Mrs. R said...

I'm only asking you this because I never had this problem before moving to Minnesota, but do you ever get calls in the middle of the night from...certain nationalities...looking for their family members/friends who don't speak English and will call you back four times before they figure out they have the wrong number?