August 20th, 2006

Kevin and Lisa

More Reasons Not To Come Back To This Hotel

Unlike every other Holiday Inn Express in which I've stayed, this one has a sign in the breakfast room saying "no food outside this room." The others give you trays to take your breakfast back to your room if you want to do so.

Considering that the street out in front of this building is Business Route 60, and thus was presumably once US-66 (I don't know the exact route of The Mother Road), I assume this HIX is actually a converted old-type Holiday Inn and not a particularly good one at that.

I won't let this spoil my appreciation of the chain as a whole. In fact, Lisa and I liked the one in Paso Robles so much that we've canceled our reservation for the Buellton Best Western and booked a room for our return back in that Paso Robles Holiday Inn Express, even though it's more expensive.

Meanwhile, we're checking out of this place and heading off to the railway museum. Lisa isn't feeling all that well, however. The accumulated stress of getting ready for this trip plus the travel seems to be hitting her rather hard.
Pensive Kevin

Welcome to Anaheim

After a very hot day in Perris (photos later, maybe), we got to the hotel around 6:30 PM. I went and checked us in while Lisa directed the doorman to unload our copious luggage to a cart. It's mildly annoying that I end up having to pay a doorman a tip for dealing with the bags at the curb and then another one to the bellman to actually get them to the room. Anyway, after I checked in, I gave Lisa a key and she went with the luggage cart to the room while I parked the van. She was very efficient, and had most of the big stuff put away by the time I got there. We made a second trip to the van in the garage to collect the bits that didn't easily fit on the hotel's luggage cart.

Our room is one floor above the Lanai deck, which is where the big parties will be. That's fine by me, and I'd previously volunteered to be blocked above and around parties because I won't complain about the noise.

The internet charges are $12.95 for one day or $29.95 for three days. I bit the bullet and bought the entire $90 run of con. Grumble. Yes, I could get it for free if I go over to one of the shops nearby, or I could wait for a terminal in the internet lounge, but the amount of mail I'm receiving (and stuff I'm generating) needs me to be more connected than that. And at least it's a wired connection in the room, stable and fast. Ironically, it is the same provider as the awful connection at the HIX in Moreno Valley.

Now I finally have worked my way through the mound of e-mail and can get cleaned up. We were thinking of maybe hitting the pool and hot tub this evening, as we're not too likely to get chances during the rest of the con.