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Thursday, October 08, 2015
This Event Not So Much Fun…
We know many times a wrench gets thrown into the fan to just mess up the good times and that is exactly what happened this week but of course we made it through and are still loving this work.
This event was a roll off which means we do not work out of the trailer and EVERTHING in the trailer needs to come off and get set up inside. Which was a heaven sent since it rained ALL DAY Saturday and the temps were frigid, not getting above 50…brrrr! Usually on the roll offs we are able to unload the day before but since there were football games at the stadium we had to set up on Saturday morning which meant since doors open at 7:30am we would need about 3 to 4 hours to set up but we could only arrive at 5:30am, which was going to be a long day anyway. Two hours to set up did not give us enough time to tweak our set up so we had to live with what we had, it was doable just not exactly how we wanted it to be but we began selling.
This was supposed to be one of the higher goals to reach and we felt we were running behind all day. Then at these event around 6pm there is about an hour break where they empty the stadium and we get to recoup for a short time. Instead of it being just a break they cancelled the finals due to weather. The funny thing was that the weather was the same as it had been all day long, frigid and drizzling. Why they cancelled we have no idea but it was time to pack it up and head out. A few hours later around 9pm we were packed and on the road back to our hotel and not coming close to our goal so no bonus this week, only our salary. Boohoo…we really wanted to surpass our goal every week but looks as if that personal goal of ours is out of the running already.
No big plans for the week except to get to our next location in Winston-Salem, North Carolina which is a little over 400 miles and all we can hope for is good travel days. We never go too far on Monday’s since that is usually errand day and because of the rain in the area we are heading we do not want to head in that direction too fast. The weather seems to be fine where we are going but just a few hundred miles south of us is where all the disastrous rain and flooding is occurring but luckily we do not have to go through there.
We stayed in Jeffersonville, Ohio at the Fairfield Inn & Suites and was quite impressed. It was a brand new hotel and it was nice, but looking at Google as we always do to see the parking situation we were surprised that Google’s Street View showed the empty lot but that was because it was back in 2012 that they entered the information. Luckily there were NO cars in the parking lot when we arrived so we were able to maneuver the trailer into a position where we could just pull out in the morning. The shower stall was heaven, so much room and our entire stay was fabulous with superb customer service.
We ate next door at Werner’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que and it was the best ribs we have eaten in a long time, they fell off the bones and they melted in our mouths and the sides were fantastic too. If you are in the area and want some great barbecue food this is the place to stop and eat.
On Tuesday we finally left Ohio and headed into West Virginia, we still try to take the roads less traveled and this day was no different.
We drove around 150 miles and made it into West Virginia and to the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham which was the smallest room we have been in and because it only had a Queen bed it felt as if we were back in Maggie. The front desk allowed us to check in early and were very accommodating, the room and area was clean. They did not offer a hot breakfast, only microwavable sandwiches, cold cereals and Danish.
On Wednesday we headed to Wytheville, Virginia and stayed on the Interstates all the way, through mountains, tunnels and seeing the changing of the leaves is getting good but we know the best is yet to come.
We stopped to eat at Sagebrush Steakhouse which was just a few blocks from our hotel. The steaks were awesome, grilled to perfection with the fantastic flavor of charring. The sides were wonderful too and Jerry was really hungry and waiting for our dishes to arrive.
Our hotel was not as we expected, first customer service was lacking at check in. We do not want to hear about the issues of past guests and want to be treated as if we are not there right in front of you and not having to wait while you rewrite down a message given to you from a guest who has already left. From the photos online it looked as if this hotel was a single floor hotel but once we arrived we seen it was 2 floors and of course there was NO ELEVATOR…ugh…AND our room was on the 2nd floor and he could not or would not change it to another room on the first floor because of several excuses he made. The room was not the cleanest, dust everywhere as if it had not been used in a long time, a bit outdated and because of not having an elevator, we would not stay here again. Also the doors to enter the building throughout did not have room key access only, they were open to anyone to enter, not a safe feeling at all.
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