June 30, 2005

Life is not About the Jelly

The question was: Mom, when we stop on our trip to Pensacola, can we stay at a Best Western?


That was from Bones. I looked at him and said, “You saw that on a commercial didn’t you? Why do you want to stop at a Best Western?”

Now he’s looking at his feet, kicking his toes around, mumbling something about really good breakfasts.

I have rule when I stay at a hotel/motel… the doors must be on the INSIDE of the building. Call it paranoia, I do not care, but the fact is, I’m all about looking for safety. Old habits die hard from traveling as a woman alone on business. When I traveled alone I tried to have a room close to the front desk, on the first floor, and the doors were on the inside of the building.

I once worked with a guy who got mugged on a business trip. Scared the ever living crap out of me, so you can just imagine what it did to him. He was expecting someone, heard a rap on the door, opened it and two thugs came in, bound him in phone cord, duct taped his mouth shut, stole his wallet and anything else they could find, then hit the road. He was found a couple hours later. It was a Residence Inn… doors on the outside of the building.

So anyway, I know certain chains have doors inside... like the Marriott and so I tend to try to frequent them. Not familiar with Best Westerns I said to Bones, “I don’t know if we’re staying there or not.”

He looks at me desperately and says, “But Mom! We have to say there! They have all sorts of different kinds of jelly for breakfast!!!”

Jelly? This is where he is basing where we lay our heads at night? On the kinds of jelly they serve at breakfast for his toast? And does anyone out there think for a minute that when they were making this commercial for Best Western that the artistic director thought for even 1/10th of a millisecond, “Gotta get some damn good shots of jelly here. That could make someone want to stay…”

Well, sorry, Jellyboy, we aren’t staying at a place based on the array of jellies their commercial says they serve in the morning. I’ll stick with my paranoid parameters…

Posted by Boudicca at June 30, 2005 06:06 PM

Jelly... that does sound like a good thing to base a stay on. Although I've heard from some sources that there are other things to watch for! ;)

See, I was nice!

Posted by: That 1 Guy at June 30, 2005 08:27 PM

Get him a jelly combo pack for the road. Don't dissapoint the little man.

Posted by: Sissy at June 30, 2005 08:56 PM

Best Westerns are fine, and you know I'm comin' from the same place you are on that.

The one I stayed in just south of Macon was very nice. Kinda surprised me......doors on the inside, clean and the sheets were......white.


Posted by: Tammi at June 30, 2005 10:00 PM

Little guys have interesting priorities! The Best Westerns that I've stayed in have mostly been true hotels (doors on the inside). I can only think of one that wasn't - and it was in Southern California. Heck - these days you can prolly look the location up on the web and see a pic.

Posted by: Barb at June 30, 2005 11:07 PM

Yes I know of the commercial` they run it at least 2 times during blues clues....Dash, loves the commercial because of "the jazz music".....I tried to explain to him that there is no Tony Bennet piped into the hotel.

Jelly? Jazz music? they know what kids want I guess.

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at June 30, 2005 11:16 PM

My kids would base their hotel decisions on (1) the size of the game roome and (2) the availability of an in-room gaming system.


No, I don't think that would come up as an issue of concern . . .but as you surmised, it is very darn funny! I just love your little guy.

Posted by: Anita at July 1, 2005 07:22 AM

That's too funny! My kids base their preference on the availability of a pool....but jelly would be a lot cheaper to look for!

Posted by: Julie at July 1, 2005 08:15 AM

That "doors on the outside" thing, had me really confused this morning. I blamed it on a lack of coffee. I was trying to picture an open-air type of motel, thinking, "well in Florida, it's hot, so.."

Now I realise you're talking about those motels where your room door opens straight to the outside.

I have seen those motels in American movies, and nothing good ever comes of staying in one. Way too scary! I'd want more than one door between my family and a spooky parking lot.

Have a great trip :-)

Posted by: Sally at July 1, 2005 11:20 AM

I know exactly what you mean by "doors on the inside". And I'm right there with you.

I base my stays on the continental breakfast. :)

Posted by: Jody Halsted at July 1, 2005 02:29 PM

We found a nice Holiday Inn, but now that I know Best Westerns have doors on the inside, I'll add that to my list of potentials.

Sally- "I have seen those motels in American movies, and nothing good ever comes of staying in one." ROFLMAO! I hadn't thought of this as an American thing.

I guess we don't pick our hotels by the pools yet as my kids swim so much year round here.

And I may have to start picking mine by breakfast...

Posted by: Bou at July 1, 2005 05:45 PM

My girls know that commercial and what to stay since they bring you towels after you go swimming. The Oldest said "Best Western is the BEST hotel!!!" Yikes!

Posted by: Amy at July 2, 2005 11:53 AM