Walking in the Rain

Yesterday’s nutrition was another good day!

I woke up around 4 PM. I had a banana for Breakfast then juiced the rest of the day.

Juice one: 1 sweet potato, 1 orange, and 3 whole carrots. I’ve had this juice before. I always like it.

Juice two: Spinach, 2 oranges, and half a yellow squash. Pretty good juice. Refreshing, energizing.

Juice three: 4 Romaine leaves, half a yellow squash, parsley, and an apple. Another refreshing, green, energizing juice. Yum.

Work last night was difficult. If I had had access to food, I would have chowed down. Thank goodness I didn’t. There was a little kids wrestling competition in town, and most of the people were from really, eh, “country” towns. The parents decided to sit in our lobby and have themselves a party.  The lobby was torn up from the floor up. I mean, beer spilled everywhere, at least 30 beer bottles laying around, bottle caps all over the floor, popcorn everywhere, I swear some people are animals. You know how a bar looks at the end of the night when everyone leaves, that was our lobby times 3. Took me three hours to clean up.

Get this though, and I may be making a bigger deal out of this because I was agitated, but I got a complaint on the lobby! A room called down and said “Can you do something about all those drunks in the lobby? I don’t feel comfortable walking my family down there.” It was midnight, on a Friday, in downtown, and everyone in the lobby were paying guests. I’m sorry, but person on the phone, you should be walking your family around at midnight and they have every right to be in lobby as you do, sorry they are a little loud, but at least they aren’t being loud next to your room.

Also, I had to yell at a parent. I’m cleaning the lobby, and all of a sudden I see this little, little kid standing next to the door to the bar. I go over there and am like, “Hi, what are you up to?” “Waiting for my mom to come out of the bar.” In my head I am thinking, “What the hell?” So I sit him in a chair where I am cleaning and say “Now stay where I can see you.” When a parent finally arrives for him I go “Listen, you can NOT leave a small child, alone, in a hotel lobby. It is super dangerous. Now I know you’re not from here, but Shawn Hornbeck was from Franklin County Missouri and I know you know about him. It only takes 5 seconds for a child to disappear.” All they had to say, “Yes Mamn.” I felt silly lecturing a 40 or such year old about child care when I don’t have any children and I’m only 25, but that is just irresponsible. Both you and your wife are drunk, it’s 1 AM, and you have your kid alone in a lobby. COME ON! Stop making it easy for pedophiles! Sigh.

I will once again say,  Hotels are NOT safe. Here are some guidelines to follow when inside one

 1.  You do NOT need a background check to stay in one. The employee’s do NOT know all the people staying in the building and we are NOT watching your kids for you.

2. We also do NOT have camera’s everywhere so, chances are, once your child is abducted, they are gone.

3. Please do NOT deadbolt your doors open (seems common sense but people do it all the time). I know, you’re just going to get ice, or you’re buddy will be right back, but someone may push that door open, beat you, rob you, rape you. The second has happened in my hotel, the third in two hotels I know of, the first in another hotel.

4. Do NOT leave your personal items unattended in the lobby, they will get stolen.

5. Do NOT leave your child unattended.

6. When in your room deadbolt AND chain lock your door.

7. If the fire alarms go off, do NOT expect a phone call with your directions. The fire alarm is your directions, telling you to leave the building.

8. Do NOT call down explaining that there is weed being smoked somewhere on your floor. If we could tell exactly what room it is coming from we would kick them out, but since we can’t, we can’t knock on every door trying to find it.

9. Do NOT let people in the front door you don’t know. That is like letting a stranger into your house to rob you.

10. Please be patient, your request is important, but so is the 30 other ones we have.

11. Tip for goodness sake, just do it asshole.

12. If there is a parking garage, park in it. If you park on the surface lot or street, your car may get broken into. If your car does get broken into, either in the garage or street, the hotel is not liable. Remove all electronics, luggage, or money from your car or people will break your window out.

13. Do not throw parties in hotels. This will just lead to you getting kicked out and no refund for you.

14. Hotels are private property which means they can refuse to rent to people, they can kick you out for whatever reason they deem fit, so if you come in smelling like weed from hot boxing and wonder why the hotel is saying “we’re sold out” even though there are no cars in the parking lot…well, you know the actual reason right?

15. Don’t ask for manager specials and when we say no try to negotiate a rate. That just pisses us off and makes us more steadfast on our decision to not adjust the rate. Also, we don’t price match. If you want that price, go to that other hotel.

16. If you don’t see a room service menu in the room, we don’t have room service! Simple as that. Or, even better, if you’re paying under 200 dollars a night, assume the place does not have room service.

17. Key cards. Keep them away from magnets or cells phones. It turns them off.

18. Key cards. You HAVE to have your I.D. to get a key card and it HAS to be the name on the room. Another hotel in our chain gave a key card to a “husband”. Little did they know, it was an Ex-husband, they were going through a divorce, and he went up and beat the shit out of her. If you want someone else to be able to get a key, put their name on the room.

19. Put clothes on when you get ice. Guest always seem to be in underwear to get ice and leave their key card in their room. Throw some pants on, even if just in case you see someone in the hallway. Still don’t get this one.

20. Wear your shoes in the lobby. People spill things, break glasses, and it’s just more hygenic if you’re wearing shoes. Socks don’t count, SHOES!

21. Never start the bath tub and lay back down for “5 more minutes” of sleep. You overflow the thing and flood two floors, that then I have to extract. That is a lot of work you just made for me.

22. Long distance calls to other countries are expensive. I’m talking to any foriegners out there right now.

23. I can not fix the wi-fi connection. You will have to call Charter and they will just put you on hold. So. Just don’t use the internet.

24. If you do use our free public computer. If you see someone waiting, finish what you are doing and move on. These computers are suppose to be for printing out boarding passes and maybe checking e-mail…not surfing facebook for 3 hours.

Those are my rules for staying in hotels. Really, the perfect traveler will be able to check in, go to their room, and be self sufficient the rest of the trip. They roll with the punches. Now, if you check in, go to the room, see the room is trashed, by all means, come down, get moved and get a comp. Or, if something is broken in your room, tell us so we can fix it. We want to make your stay pleasant, but please, return the favor, and not make our jobs hell on earth.

A couple good pieces of news my manager told me today. One, our hotel is going smoke free which this will cut down on party rooms and I won’t get a headache on that floor when I deliver receipts. Two, the smelly man from Holland is getting kicked out! Monday is his last night. My manager finally had to deal with him, which leads him to being asked to leave. 🙂 Very exciting, because that man was ANNOYING.

So, that was work, and some rules for the hotel.

After I got off work, I slept, woke up, ate an egg, spinach, and mustard sandwich, then went for about a 2 mile walk with my buddy Jessie, IN THE RAIN. She wants to do a juice fast, 10 days she says. She has never done one. I told her to start eating raw or juicing once or twice a day to get ready for it. She is already a size 8 and super healthy, so I am surprised she wants to fast. She will be in Hawaii for a month with the navy, so, she wants to be bikini ready she says. I think her body is top notch, but hey, I’m all for her cleansing and giving her body a huge shock of nutrients.

Happy juicing and have an awesome day!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

It is a very snowy wet day in the Lou. I just hope it clears up before I have to get on a plane tomorrow morning.

Yesterday I juiced my breakfast. The juice was cucumber, lime, and turnip greens. I put soo much lime in there though, it was like drinking a really intense limeade.

Then, I went to work. There was pizza. I ate it. Mostly because I was stressed. Within thew first 10 minutes of work I had 3 drunks yell at me, not just drunk, wasted as in they won’t remember speaking to me tomorrow. This stress made me think, “GIVE ME THE PIZZA!” I did manage to drink 2 liters of water too though.

 St. Pat’s is stressful weekend to work. We had a fight in a room, people who were just lost, and some parents actually let their young children run around the hotel well past midnight, which is INCREDIBLY dangerous. Think about it, kids with hormones mixing with adults who have drank too much to notice age in a building that is full of beds. Sigh, sometimes I don’t understand why some people have children. It does add even more stress to me though because I would feel sooo horrible if a child was raped or abducted on my shift, even though I know really it isn’t my fault, it’s their parents fault, but still, horrible.

I got out of work an hour and fifteen minutes late because I just could not get my work done. There was a gigantic check in, which adds to the amount of work, breakfast had to be set up and ready to go by 6 AM (the usual start time on weekend is 7), the drunky’s needed constant attention, and the sorting of express check out’s took about 45 minutes. Luckily my security guard delivered the receipts for me or I would have been there til 10 in the morning.

I came home, ate an egg with some mustard on it. Watched House of Cards on Netflix. Then I went to bed exhausted.

Woke up, I am pretty much out of produce and I am going to Florida for a few days, so I decided against produce shopping. Tried going out to eat. First place I went, closed. Second place, parking lot is coned off and it looked closed. Apparently STL treat St. Pat’s like it’s a legit holiday! Finally ended up at an Irish pub called Flannery’s. Got a chicken sandwich (they had no vegetarian options on the “St. Pat’s menu, otherwise known as the worst menu ever) and a smithwicks in honor of St. Patrick’s day. My meal was okay, but I noticed every employee was acting like they knew me. Super comfortable, not really providing any customer service. I was really confused, because I do not go to Flannery’s often, they do not know me. As I was walking out, the door guy was like “Pam?” to which I said “No, Storm.” He asked me if I was delivering red bull. I said, “Do you want me to go to 7-11 to get you a red bull? What?” He replies, “Aren’t you the girl who brings us our red bull?” “No…….” “Oh my goodness, we all thought you were Pam.” So apparently, there is a Storm look-a-like named Pam who sells red bull. Very interesting. I have a doppleganger…….

I am going to Orlando where I plan on not juicing. When I travel, I want to taste local cuisine. When I get back on the 21st, I want to do a 7 or more day juice fast, no cheating. Look forward to posts on that.