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Good Morning Nanty Glo!

       Tuesday, July 6 2004 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Travel writing (touring New Mexico-2)

As Judy Rose has taken the day off from her usual Tuesday post, I'll continue my New Mexico tour report at least with a few thoughts today about accommodations.

I mentioned yesterday that the "Southern Route" (I-40, contiguous with "Historic Route 66") is known for less expensive accommodations than most of the country has these days. In Albuquerque, I saw a fairly new motel advertising "2 for $26" last week, the best price for the type of accommodation it seemed to represent, though there were even less costly singles advertised on signs for older motels. Even some of the lesser known chains had advertised prices under $40. And even in Santa Fe, a generally more expensive community (about an hour's drive north of Albuquerque), economy motels were also in evidence and advertising competitive rates.

We used to press on, on our cross-country trips, to smaller cities or towns where we could get the least expensive accommodations. It seems that many of us go through stages of being able to afford to eat at McDonalds, graduating to Denny's, and then maybe over the top to IHOP (just kidding...maybe more realistically that would be something like Cracker Barrel or Shoney's, both of which can be found in Albuquerque along with scores of other fast food places ranging from Mickey Dee's and Burger King to Carl's Jr. (I believe they've taken over Hardees), Sonic, Wendy's, Taco Bell, various pizza chains and local places of course, and Mexican, Tex-Mex (Chilli's) and New Mexican (green or red pepper?), Chinese, Thai, and more.

Likewise, we may graduate from the $19 local old-Route-66 motels to Motel 6, Super 8, and maybe for some, even Day's Inn. But I would never by personal choice graduate to the one I stayed in last week (per arrangements of the company that sent me to Albuquerque), Courtyard by Marriott. At least the Motel 6's I've stayed in had ice without having to go to the bar to plead for it like a beggar. And I can't imagine any major chain charging $119 per night for a single not offering high-speed Internet access...but this one did not. And just down the road from it I noticed a newer business-oriented hotel with suites starting at $159 a week.

We learn. Too late, too often, but preferably, eventually.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

Now you know everything (facts and allegations)

7. The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
8. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
9. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Sent by Mary Ann Losiewicz 

Thought for today about growing older

One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

Sent by Karl Essex 

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