A couple of weekends ago, we ended up with a free hotel room in Solvang, a Danish-style town with hotels that have windmills outside. Case in point, the view from my room:
I have a couple of things to tell you about the weekend. First, we ended up at a casino and, because we hate to gamble, we spent the majority of our time at the casino buffet. We spent so much time, in fact, at the buffet that we ate both the buffet lunch and the buffet dinner. I like to get a lot of bang for my buck. And, even still, I think I overpaid.
More importantly though, during my trip to Solvang, I went to a place I have never gone before: into the maid's chambers at the hotel. I'm always interested in the maid's chambers (what do three million tiny free lotions look like?), but they usually keep that stuff of total lockdown because, as it is, people nab free stuff off the carts in the hallway. So you can just imagine what people would do with access to unlimited cheap shower caps!
So, I accidentally left a pair of earrings on the dresser in the hotel room and, although they were not particularly expensive, they were a gift from my sister and I really wanted them back.
On the drive home from the casino (buffet), we passed the hotel where we had stayed the previous night and I made us stop to pick up the earrings. The housekeepers had all gone home for the evening, so the young guy at the front desk called the gal that had cleaned our room. She said that she, indeed, found the earrings and that they were in the maid's room, inside a bucket.
The clerk took me back to the maid's chambers to look for the earrings and it became instantly clear that it was going to be quite a task to find the earrings because people leave a lot of stuff behind when they check out of a hotel room. And the poor maids store it away, in the event that somebody comes back to collect the stuff. Here's a small sampling of the items awaiting their owner to come pick them up:
+ A dozen cheap tiaras, presumably remnants from birthday or bachelorette parties
+ Several pink boas (to go with the tiaras, no doubt)
+ An unopened container of Best Foods Mayonnaise
+ An unopened container of French's Mustard
+ An open jar of pickles
+ A jeweled ring in the shape of a leopard
+ Half a roll of purple crepe paper streamers
+ Dozens of pairs of earrings
+ Half a box of pretzels
+ An unopened box of Oreo cookies
+ A boxed set of DVDs featuring movies from the '40s
+ A plastic microphone
Hey! If you are sad about leaving that jar of mayonnaise in Solvang, it's waiting for you.