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A Winter Break [Jan. 29th, 2015|09:48 am]
Tony Grist
The first morning we could see fields and a river; the second morning we could see hills, a road junction and The Royal Bank of Scotland.

"It's nice to wake up every morning to a different view," I said.

"You should have slept around more in your 20s," said Ailz

"Huh?"

"Lots of bedrooms, lots of views."

This morning we can see a wooden fence.

We're in Warrington. The room has paper that's peeling, and a cold water tap that coughs and squeals . The corridor leading to the room is in the process of being redecorated.

It's friendly hotel. Informal. People talk to one another. Many of the guests- mostly single middle-aged men- are long term residents. One of them lit up a joint in the bar last night.

They have this great little machine in the breakfast room where you put bread onto a conveyor belt that carries it slowly past a blazing filament and drops it off as toast.

It's snowing. "Yeah," said one of the girls as she came on duty, "Snowball fight! Lets go get Abdul."

(Abdul works in the kitchen.)

From the sounds that followed it seems that they went and got him.


 
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2015-01-29 10:36 am (UTC)
I should have slept around more in my 20s as well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-01-29 10:38 am (UTC)
Ah well....

All those views we missed. :(
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[User Picture]From: tamnonlinear
2015-01-29 07:18 pm (UTC)
Same here. Hell, I wish I'd sleep around more now, but rather than being held back by personal or societal issues, now I just can't be bothered. Makes me want to go track down some young person and tell them to go do it for me.
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From: artkouros
2015-01-29 01:32 pm (UTC)
I've seen that kind of toaster somewhere before - but my memory won't say where.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-01-29 05:12 pm (UTC)
I should think they're antiques. I don't suppose there'll be many left in service
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2015-01-29 03:35 pm (UTC)
I did. She's right ;-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-01-29 05:13 pm (UTC)
I was a late developer.
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2015-01-29 05:19 pm (UTC)
Abdul was also the boss - the one who charged us for all 3 nights when we checked out this morning because of the snow
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-01-29 05:46 pm (UTC)
He was working in the kitchen at the time of the snowball fight.

And he was within his rights to charge us for the three nights.

The bastard!
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[User Picture]From: seaslug_of_doom
2015-02-03 11:11 am (UTC)
If someone had said that to me, in the same situation: "Lots of bedrooms, lots of views." I would have immediately replied, "I wouldn't have seen those views because I wouldn't have been looking out the window."

As soon as those words left my lips I would have known that an incredible row, or worse icy silence, and then divorce, would have followed soon after.

This is the sad example of thought that went through my head, reading this post. It explains why I'm not married, too.
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