Missoula I Wish I Knewlla?
Trip Start Nov 10, 2009
46Trip End Dec 18, 2009
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I took residence at the Day's Inn which was an exercise in patience. The very ancient woman at the front desk not only could not hear me very well but, had some motor skill issues with typing. About 3 items in my address were mispelled and don't even get me started on my first and last name. I was as patient as Job and cheerieness was my weapon. I just tried to be nicer and more understanding. This was particularly challenging when after I got my room key and lugged my gear upstairs, the key wouldn't work. I went back to the front desk and my cheeriness had changed to resignation and I plainly stated "the card doesn't work" She replied "oh, uh, I didn't punch it into the system" "That happens" I replied and proceded to destroy my hotel room which smelled like a cabin that had just been opened for the summer season
I threw the chair through the plexiglass picture window and then took the other chair to the bathroom sink causing water to glow unceassingly. Then I ripped down the shower curtain and lit the bed on fire. When security arrived I spun around threw my fisted hands towards the ground and exclaimed "What!" Then I charged "Flip" the security man and pushed him back over the railing. He landed not far from the pool but, certainly not safely. I flipped over the bed and lit it on fire again as if one fire wasn't enough, grabbed my gear while running to my car.
I ended up at the Staggering Ox http://staggeringox.com/missoula/ a block and a half down the street. I got a remarkable ham and cheese melt with a side of Fava beans and a light Chianti.
I went back to my car and found some scissors and a razor. I ran into an alley and drenched my head in some Poland Spring cut all the hair off my head and then lathered up face and head and using my reflection in a basement mirror as my guide I shaved my head and face. Then I ditched the car and walked calmly but shinily to Red's Bar. http://redsbar.net/ Undetected on the way but, smelling the potent aroma of simmering Day's Inn I entered the bar for a couple of Ketel One's and 7-Ups and watched the Patriots struggle in closing out the hapless Jets
I told the bartender what I had done and he laughed until he saw the shaving cream on my collar.
I left Red's and kept an eye out for the heat. I picked up my car and parked it on a side street to wait for the fuzz to go ways.
The following morning I had a delightful breakfast at Butterfly Herbs. http://www.butterflyherbs.com/ I had a nice club sandwich and a mocha latte. Wonderfully presented and tasty. The funny thing about the service out west is there is absolutely no sense of urgency which immediatly seems annoying but, then it's kind of nice. You get to take in the scene a bit more. I shopped a bit and then toured the University of Montana. I'm becoming a one trick pony with the whole not buying things but, visiting the local universities. I probably need to switch things up a bit.
I had a nice chat with my buddy Sherm and then hit the road for what I thought was going to be Boise. The route on this trip was one of the worst choices I have made thus far. More to come on that later.
Oh yeah, The whole Day's Inn story. The desk-keep was actually having a rough day getting and the room did smell like a freshly opened cottage but, all that other stuff. That's just a bad reaction to some stress of the road. It is untrue. I've had a few more chinks in my road armor and I'm writing this from lobby of my hotel in Boise right now because I can't get internet in my room so I kind of went off just a little.
Now if these voices would just stop talking to me things would be great;)
Smile your traveling!