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Old April 5th, 2012, 01:51 PM
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Default Motels and motor lodges of the past...

Charlie sent me this time wasting link...

http://lileks.com/motels/TX/22.html

Click "home" to go to Motels in other states.

Don't say I didn't warn you about the time wasting capabilities of this site.

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Old April 5th, 2012, 05:24 PM
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Thanks a lot. Now I have a new addiction.
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Oh yeah! I perused that sight a while back. You can get lost in there for hours!
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Speaking of motels, this is on the same site. Enjoy!

http://www.lileks.com/institute/motel/intro.html

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I want to go to there.
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As a kid back in the 60's these were the types of places we would stay while traveling. Now I'd stop at one only if I were desperate for a place to smoke crack.
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Now I'd stop at one only if I were desperate for a place to smoke crack.
Just because a hotel isn't part of a massive chain doesn't mean it's bad. During our family trips, we stayed at some really great independent places. Most didn't have amenities like cable TV or coffee tables. However, we always got plenty of great, friendly service. I remember staying at one place in Wyoming. The people in charge told us there wasn't any AC but that it wasn't really needed because of the cool nightly air. So just open the windows. We took the room because it was the only hotel left with a vacancy, there was a convention in town, and it was getting late at night. As it turned out, the management was right and we had a nice, comfortable sleep.
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My job used to require extensive travel throughout rural America. I stand by my statement.
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I wasn't trying to change your opinion.
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I stayed in a great one on Camino Real a few years back. The pool was filled in but remnants of the past remained. It was clean and comfy and the grounds were still immaculate.

It inspired me to write this short piece...

The Pool

You can hear the kids laughing as their wet feet paddle, plop and run across the pink concrete. The triangular shaped expansion joints working a modern pattern amongst the blue and white metal recliners where parents sat and did what parents did on vacations in these motor court motels across the west. Mostly yell. “Jimmy… no running!”, “Susie… go play with your sister.” Kids squealed and begged their fathers to come in with them in the sparkling waters of their temporary oasis.

The motel, The Days Inn, off of El Camino Real in Palo Alto had its own feel but shared the hopeful attitude of all motor inns of the day. The round-about drive, which was always crowded with big American Dodge, Chevrolet, and Ford station wagons, the poodle perfect shrubs in the middle, the oh so loud ice machine, and the ubiquitous pool. It was the pool that always held hope in the eyes of the weary traveling child. The hope they could get changed into their suits quick enough, to stay a short time and relax, enjoy, and breathe in the tall cypress and the palms that surrounded that pool. Hoping beyond hope to convince father to stay a while and enjoy those waters instead of jumping right back on that interstate once again to make it to the next town after dark.

When the Martins had arrived last night into town, it was little Jim that woke up to see the headlights play on the pink office wall. He was first also to see the vacancy sign. The next order of the night was to swivel his head to and fro and identify the next item on the list. The neon sign pronounced “heated pool”. The “heated” section of the sign tended to blink on and off in a flickering manner. Jimmy didn’t know if this was a sign that the pool’s heater wasn’t working all the time or if it was just the sign. It really didn’t matter. They had a pool. Sure enough they did. A magnificent pool lit with little hanging Japanese lanterns and the pool itself giving off that wonderful other-worldly aqua light. It reflected up to the late night denizens of the pool. Parents and children both played there. The kids there were up way past their bedtimes. Of course Jim was too but, it didn’t count if you were stuck in a car.
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