I’m just about to check out of the Microtel (motel) in Erie PA. I’m traveling to Chatham NY where I’m performing on Saturday night, a program of improvised and classical music in “Ruminations on Rumi” featuring dancer/choreographer Robin Becker, actor John
McManus, and flutist Akal Dev Sharonne (and me) at 8:00 PM Saturday October 20 at
St. James Church in Chatham NY. Tickets are $20 with reservations suggested (518-392-4697).
So much for the plug. Meanwhile, the Microtel. Only place with rooms available last night, except for a “whirlpool room” at the Econolodge. I considered it, but didn’t want the chlorine smell all night, as nice a prospect as a soak in the whirlpool was. Plus the Microtel was almost $30 less.
It was comfortable, but I find the warning notices off-putting. One in the bathroom warns guests they’ll be charged for missing pillows and towels, and one on the desk demands we “PLEASE DO NOT IRON on furnitures or beds”, otherwise “an apprprate charge will be made for damages.” Geez. Who stays in these places? Crazed iron-everywhere people and towel stealers?