Thursday, May 26, 2011

Missed Opportunity

I almost had the perfect post for today.

Yesterday James was finally getting his first real lesson on his new dirt bike. He and a colleague of Fred's were in the upper field and I was watching him from the kitchen window, and occassionally from the deck, while I was making dinner.

At one point, I glanced over to where the goats were standing and they were so comical. They were all standing in a row, staring with wide eyes and perked up ears through the fence at this new monstrosity.

Then I saw the ponies faces and I knew what they were thinking. They are a couple of boys, after all. They were gonna go check this OUT!

So I thought, perfect. I'll go run grab my camera and get shots of James on his bike, the goats staring anxiously, the ponies trotting curiously.

But no sooner did I get the first frame in focus did I realize my batteries were dead. Alas, no pictures of James trying to patiently listen to his instructor while swatting the ponies away.

That's life, I suppose.

So instead, I have dug out an old post from a couple years ago that I thought was funny. Hope you enjoy!


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?
Me: 6.

Rep: 6. Oh................
Rep: 6?
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.
Me: ...............

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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