Sunday, July 10, 2005

Seniors discount...SENIORS DISCOUNT?!

So, my hubby and I decided to be wild and crazy and get in the car on Saturday and head out of town. We headed towards Kingston (a city roughly three hours east of Toronto).

We had a nice drive and got into town around 12:30 on Saturday. We drove up the first hotel we saw which was a nice Holiday Inn.

Since we left on the spur of the moment, we didn't have a reservation at any hotel. Anyways, he went into the hotel, gave his credit card to hold a room, and he was told to come back at 3:00 for check-in. He was told that they were going to give us a room with a king sized bed and a couch. It seemed nice so we decided to go for lunch and come back in a couple hours.

We had a nice lunch at the hotel and sat outside and watched the boats sail by. After lunch we walked around a little and then went back to the hotel for 3:00 for check-in. We went up to the desk with our bag and he went to talk to the same clerk that took his credit card number.

She started clicking on the keyboard and looked up at us and said 'Oh, it seems that someone scooped the room that I was holding for you.' We looked at each other and then at her and my hubby said to her 'I gave you my credit card number and you were holding that room for us. What happened?' She said 'I don't know, the other clerk must have taken it.'

The whole situation reminded us of the scene in Seinfeld when Jerry wanted to rent a car...

JERRY: I don't understand, I made a reservation, do you have my reservation?

RENTAL CAR AGENT: Yes, we do, unfortunately we ran out of cars.

JERRY: But the reservation keeps the car here. That's why you have the reservation.

RENTAL CAR AGENT: I know why we have reservations.

JERRY: I don't think you do. If you did, I'd have a car. See, you know how to take the reservation, you just don't know how to *hold* the reservation and that's really the most important part of the reservation, the holding. Anybody can just take them.

At this point we were both kind of annoyed with the sitaution and decided to pack up our stuff and head to the next town, Ganonoque. It's a small town of about 5,000 people on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. It's a really quaint city with a lot of charm.

We went to the Best Western and we were told that they only had one room left, but it wasn't in the actual hotel, it was behind it. It turned out to be a small, private cabin for $180 a night plus tax, it was a bit steep but we decided to take it. We took the room and it was actually quite nice, considering we didn't have a reservation. It was now 4:00 and we decided we wanted to go into the main part of town and see what there was to see.

We went down to the water and decided to take a one hour cruise and see the 1000 Islands. We bought our tickets and walked over to the docks and looked around. Since we had so much time to kill, we decided to try some homemade ice cream. Mmmm gotta love that. ;)

We walked around some more and all of a sudden we saw a bunch of very nicely dressed people coming towards us on a bridge. It was a very small bridge, you couldn't pass people on it. Basically you had to either walk sideways on the bridge when others were on it, or you would have to wait until it was clear and walk quickly.

Anyways as we were approaching this group of people, it quickly turned to be a wedding party. The bride had to walk along this very narrow bridge with a very poofy dress on. You'd think that someone would have driven her to the boat or done something so she wouldn't have to get her dress dirty, but whatever.

We watched as the bridal party got on the boat and they went out for a one hour cruise. They came back a little late so our cruise started a bit late, which was no big deal, but some people that were going to be on the later cruise with us were getting antsy because when the boat came in, the wedding party decided that then was a good time to start taking pictures, which inevitably delayed our cruise longer. I was on vacation so I didn't really care one way or the other, I knew we'd get out on the water eventually. :P

The cruise was spectacular and just long enough, we saw several of the smaller islands and quite a few gorgeous cottages on them. When we were out on the water we noticed that it was raining on shore, and we were thinking that we were going to get drenched on the cruise, but thankfully (or luckily) the clouds swirled around and missed our ship.

We got back to shore and we went out for a nice dinner and then went back to the hotel.

When we checked out this morning, my hubby went into the lobby and handed in our keys. He was a little taken aback when he looked at the bill and the total was $150.00 including tax. He didn't question it, but I asked to see the bill when he got back to the car.

Next to the price was a discount line that said 'Seniors discount 30% off'. Just when you didn't feel old enough. :P


At 6:50 pm, Blogger jaimie said...

i <3 you, kroz.

but you are an old, old woman. face it. also, it was not my birthday yesterday and i did not turn 27. i am not old, and i have not aged since i turned 25.


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