Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
Trip End May 14, 2010

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Monday, January 11, 2010

So, we thought we would attempt to be culturally relevant, and pronounce the name of this town "el-dor-AH-doh." But we were corrected. It's been tainted and Americanized to be el-dor-AY-do.

And all this time, I had the song stuck in my head "Eldorado...why don't you come to your senses.... you've been out riding fences far too long..."

Then Kelsey corrected me and told me that it's "Desperado". I just can't seem to get it right I guess.

Anyway, we're coming off a lovely weekend in San Angelo. We went to go see the movie "Leap Year." Cute little chick flick. Husbands are encouraged to go to one of those every once and a while. We had fun. I started to pick up an Irish accent.

One thing we've noticed about accommodations in Texas: in general, they are higher quality than their East-Coast (EC) counterparts. It's interesting. On the EC, Super 8 is either hit or miss. That is, it's either pretty nasty, or not entirely disappointing. In our experience in Texas, we've stayed in two Super 8's, and boh have been actually quite nice. I don't know if it's the Texan architecture or what. Also, Days Inn was the bane of our hotel existence out on the EC. We had high expectations about Days Inn at start of the year, but were quickly and consistently disappointed and forced to lower our expectations. We weren't thrilled to book one down here in Texas, but hey--in these small towns, you often don't have a choice. But, surprisingly, our Days Inn experiences have also been refreshing.

And it's not just hotels. Take Denny's for example. In general, on the East Coast, you can count on Denny's for sub-par breakfast. Comparable to the Waffle House, and way out-classed by, say, Bob Evans. But in Texas, not only are Denny's plentiful, but they provide a rather nice atmosphere and meal. There was a Denny's just a block from our weekend hotel, so we ate there for three breakfasts in a row. Funny, we interacted with the same waitress for all three days. We enjoyed Denny's, and were once again impressed by the quality of services provided by Texas.

Okay, so it's a small sample of experiences... Days Inn, Super 8, and Denny's... but hey, if we can't even complain about those, then we're in good shape.
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