CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

October 21, 2008

SNAPSHOT ENCOUNTERS: Brief Meetings with People #4


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

SNAPSHOT ENCOUNTERS: Brief Meetings with People #4

 

As we traveled along the New England coast (a journey that began by way of Philadelphia) I periodically posted Snapshots of meetings with people we meet along the way. I will continue to post these Snapshots as I post additional “journals” of our vacation.

WARNING! CHECK YOUR DRIER LINT TO SAVE YOUR LIFE!
BLUE ROOF MOTEL IS FOR THE DOGS
COFFEE AND BETS AT THE BLUE ROOF MOTEL

WARNING! CHECK YOUR DRIER LINT TO SAVE YOUR LIFE!

     Undated, prior to September 16, 2008: The news media reported that a Lexington, Massachusetts, mother of three died in a fire. She’d gone to bed that night not knowing that a fire was brewing in her drier lint. According to the news, a thousand deaths a year can be blamed on fires caused by drier lint.
     I hope each and every one of you are keeping your drier hose clear of lint, thus avoiding the same—or a similar—fate for your family.

BLUE ROOF MOTEL IS FOR THE DOGS

     On September 16, 2008, when I entered the office of the Blue Roof Motel in Kittery, Maine, looking for my morning coffee, I asked the man behind the desk if he was the motel owner. He said yes, along with his three dogs.
     Two of the three Labrador dogs, one black, the other brown, were in the office. The third dog, a yellow Lab that was usually lounging about with them, was missing. I asked where it was and the owner said she was at doggie day care.
     He went on to say that the black Lab, Cosmo, was in the office because he had been kicked out of doggie day care for beating up another dog. The motel owner had to pay $300 in vet bills after the incident. The other dog in the fight was not kicked out.
     “Who started the fight?” the motel owner asked, noting “no one knows.” He continued on, telling me how Cosmo had once acted to protect the brown Lab, Chocolate (Monte said I misheard the name, that it was Cocoa). A dog had run out of a motel room after Chocolate, and Cosmo ran from his resting place behind a station wagon, after the perpetrator. The perpetrator retreated into the hotel room.
      The yellow lab was named Holly Noel, because its birth was at Christmastime.
      The Blue Roof Motel owner said each Christmas and Easter the dogs have their pictures taken with Santa and the Easter bunny, respectively. And on their birthdays they have a steak from the Bug a Boo Steak House (and a lucky employee that day also gets a treat).
     I must say, it’s a dog’s life!

COFFEE AND BETS AT THE BLUE ROOF MOTEL

     On September 16, as we prepared to leave the Blue Roof Motel in Kittery, Maine, the owner noticed there was no coffee. He knew that I wanted to fill my travel cup, and offered to make more. I said there wasn’t time, since we were ready to leave, but he bet me he would get it made before we left. I retorted that my husband, Monte, had already left the room and we were leaving.
     Then Monte began conversing with a woman and her husband, who were from Wooster. She asked him where we were going, and when Monte told her she said she’d never been further north than Portland. He told her that beyond Portland there are nice places like Popham Beach, Bar Harbor and Lamoine. It was then that the woman told Monte they weren’t from Maine, they were from Massachusetts, and they had a daughter living in the Poconos near Scranton, and the conversation turned towards the Amish.
      Meanwhile, the motel owner had put on the coffee, which was almost perked when Monte joined us. By then, the owner and I were engaged in further conversation about his three dogs, and I realized I should take pictures of the two that were in the office.
     It was then that the owner told me that he would have won the bet that the coffee would be ready, because his plan was to engage Monte in conversation when he came to the office, thereby allowing the coffee to fully perk.
     When I complained “That’s cheating,” he replied, “There was nothing said about not cheating!” I left with my coffee, assured that the next time I stayed at the Blue Roof Motel I would receive quality service.

 ADDITIONAL READING:

“DATING WHEN FIFTY-SOME:” A Guy’s Version

LEAF-PEEPING: Autumn Leaves

THE HAUNTED CABIN IN THE WOODS

KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 2

I HAVE A PERMIT TO CARRY…

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

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2 Comments »

  1. It happened again, though the results were less serious. A November 12 fire at a Sewickley Township (PA) home was ruled accidental, caused by a clogged lint trap in a dryer. It caused $25,000 damage, and seven firefighting companies responded to the scene.

    PLEASE CHECK YOUR DRYER FOR LINT CLOGGAGE! PREVENT A FIRE!

    Carolyn

    Comment by carolyncholland — November 26, 2008 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  2. I once stayed at the Blue Moon motel on my way to Ellsworth, Maine. The room price was fairly reasonable. I made coffee in my motel room.

    Dryers can be very dangerous. Many people do not realize you must not only clean out the lint strainer after every use, but also the vent opening. I own two dryer brushes: one for in-the-house use that gets down past the lint strainer, and a longer brush that use use outside at the dryer exhaust that lets you clean out the lint that collects way back into that opening.

    Comment by Dr. Ellen Spain — March 14, 2010 @ 6:31 pm | Reply


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