Got a call the other night from a rep promoting some package deals at a hotel chain. Always looking for a good deal, I decided to listen to her pitch. So she got all my information and told me they were offering special promotions in Orlando. That's great, I told her, b/c we were thinking we might try to get down to Disney next year. The gist of our conversation follows:
Rep: Disney? So do you have kids?
Me: Yes, we do.
Rep: How many?
Rep: 6. Oh................
Me: Yes, 6.
Rep: Would you be taking all of them?
Me: Uhhhh ....well, yes.
Rep: All 6?
Me: Yes, all 6.
Rep: I'm afraid we don't have any rooms that can accomodate that many people.
Me: Yes, I know, we generally get 2 adjoining rooms when we stay at a hotel.
Rep: Well we do have a beautiful 2 room suite with a kitchenette that sleeps 10
Me: That sounds wonderful, can you tell me more about that?
Rep: Well we can only put 5 people in there.
Me: I thought you said it sleeps 10.
Rep: Well yes, but because of fire codes we can only allow 5.
Rep: You're sure you would be taking ALL the kids?
Me: Which ones would you suggest I leave behind?
Rep: Tense, polite laughter.
Rep: We also have some lovely rooms available in Las Vegas. Maybe just you and your husband would be interested in hearing about that?
Me: Well, it sounds like a nice idea but I don't think we'd be able to take advantage of an offer like that.
Rep: Why not?
Me: 6 kids (think Abbott and Costello, First Base)
Rep: ........Uh......well I'm sorry we won't be able to help you at this time, but if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-large-families-confuse-us.
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