I grew up in Yuba City, but I've never stayed in this hotel. Quality of Best Western properties can be very erratic. This one seems pretty nice. The room is spacious, and comes with a refrigerator and microwave. It has a lovely flat-screen TV. Alas, (a) there's no cricket test match this weekend and (b) I didn't bring the computer-to-RCA video connectors even if there was. Anyway, this hotel has the advantage of not being as isolated as the Holiday Inn Express is.
Then it was time to see if the internet connections worked. Both Cheryl and I were able to raise an initial wireless connection, if not a particularly good one, but it wouldn't assign an IP address. We called tech support -- voice-mail -- and trudged back to the front lobby, figuring that if the internet connections worked anywhere, it would be there. When we got there, one of the hotel staff was on the phone with tech support from the ISP trying to figure out what was wrong. After resetting things a couple of times, they finally got it working. Fingers crossed that things will stay working while we are here.
This motel has a small convention center and some meeting rooms. As usual, I go into conrunner mode and think about what sort of convention I could hold here. This hotel would probably be just fine for a SMOFcon-style-and-size convention. You won't see me bidding for a SMOFCon here, though, as the nearest major airport is Sacramento (SMF), 40 miles away.
Meanwhile, we'd better get some dinner soon, and I'd better save this entry in case the ISP goes down again.