Sunny and Sheraton

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

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Last nigh, before our first overnight in our new hotel, we spoiled ourselves with dinner at Cheesecake Factory. As we were walking, we decided that it would be important to spoil ourselves every once in a while, whether it be through lodgin, dinner, or both.

We began our first Maryland leg of the roadtrip by staying in the Sheraton. Kelsey and I came to the conclusion that four-star hotels are actually not as cost-effective as two- or three-star hotels, even if found for the same price. Here is our theory: One-star hotels are cheap, and you get nothing else beside a bed, because that's all you're paying for. Two- or three-star hotels offer amenities like continental breakfast, in-room mini-fridges and microwaves, DVD players, free TV--all because you pay a little more. By the time you get up to four-star quality, they take all those things away from you again and charge you for them. In return, you receive a soft comforter and wall art. They think "Oh, you must be rich. You must be willing to pay for breakfast." "Oh, you're rich. Here's a refrigerator to keep left-overs--for $15. But then again, why would you even eat leftovers? You're rich."

Sorry, Sheraton.

We did have a lovely stay, however out-of-place we may have felt. We stayed three nights while touring our three Baltimore schools, and it was nice to have a comfortable room to which we could return after a long day.

School today was an adventure. We were scheduled to have a showing at 9:45 in Old Mill Middle School, North. When we arrived on campus, we were astounded by the sheer enormity of the Old Mill School Complex. There was Old Mill MS North and South, and Old Mill High School all in one huge building.

We went to the main office of our specific school, and requested help in knowing where to set up. Come to find out, we were using the auditorium belonging to the High School. So, we walked over to the high school office. Come to find out, the high school was just about to have a fire drill. We asked if they could at least unlock the room for us, but all of a sudden, the man who could unlock our room came out and flipped open the fire alarm.

"Uh.... okay, I guess we'll leave."

So we walked back to the middle school office, sitting in a row of seats, feeling like delinquent children waiting to speak to the principal.

Anyway, time passed and more time passed as we waited for the alarm to stop, kids to file back into the school, and for the custodians to help us into the auditorium. When all was said and done, we were extremely short on time. Thankfully, the space was very accommodating to our set-up, and we had only two kids that we had to show how to be helpful. We were done in plenty of time!

We also had three showings of our video that day, each one separated by an hour break. So, when the kids left after the first show, I went and got gas, bought lunch, brought it back, and we chilled (literally--it was cold in there!) until the next show. Needless to say, it was a long day.

And a long entry now, because the day wasn't done when we left the school.

We needed to get our monthly oil change. Fortunately, there was a Sears Auto Center just across the road from our hotel, in an extravagantly nice mall complex. We had to spend several hours in the mall while we waited, but Kelsey got her nails done, and we both relaxed in the Brookstone massage chairs.

"Hurry up, it wasn't that exciting of a day" Kelsey says to me. Fair enough, that's about it anyway. :)
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