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Waterloo 2017

Hertz, fool me four times, I won’t get fooled again

Hertz, fool me four times, I won’t get fooled again

— To paraphrase the great philosopher-president George W. Bush: fool me once, shame on you; fool me four times, I won’t get fooled again. Take note, Hertz. January 2016: Hertz charged us an administrative fee for a supposed moving violation in South Africa. To this day we haven’t seen a citation from the local authorities. I guess the police had enough time to nag Hertz for our name and address but then couldn’t be bothered to mail us a ticket.
Make your own bed at Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport

Make your own bed at Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport

— I’ve traveled quite a bit. I’ve spent months at a time backpacking through Europe on a tight budget, and I’ve stayed in some real dumps along the way. But I’ve never had to make my own bed in a hotel … until last night. Thanks, Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport. You didn’t just lower the bar; you dropped it on the floor. Shortly after checking in last night at about 1:15 am, I remembered I’d paid for breakfast when I booked the room but had no idea how to claim it.
Purchasing a first-class upgrade comes with a catch

Purchasing a first-class upgrade comes with a catch

— For the first time in six-and-a-half years, we were offered a reasonably priced upgrade at check-in today. However, unbeknownst to me, what used to be known as a first-class lounge is now a private club. Apparently they would have let us in if we’d had an international first-class ticket, which had been the case with our upgrades in the past. The clerk at the front desk was somewhat polite as she sent us back to integrate with the riff-raff, but if we want drinks before takeoff, we’re going to have to pay for them.