I was at an outdoor wedding near Wichita, KS this weekend, but that's another story.
I think I'm developing a phobia about motels. Is there a name for that? I can't find anything official, motel phobia seems to be popular. I usually stay in national chains and according to my budget they aren't really cheap.
Almost thirty years ago, the company I retired from frequently used to send me to Houston, TX for one, two, even three weeks for training. I stayed at a motel my fellow employees referred to as the Royal Roach. It supposedly had a reputation for cockroaches. I don't remember if I ever saw any, but I used to unpack my suitcase on the back step and shake all the clothes before immediately washing everything.
Unless it's a new motel, I always wonder about how clean the room is. I don't walk barefoot on the carpet and I don't lay on the bedspread. How often do those things get washed? Ever? The sheets are often threadbare and for sure don't smell like home. Is there a schedule for cleaning the carpet? Have you heard that bedbugs are on the rise in the United States?
See why I don't sleep well? Maybe I could take my own bedding, but how would I know what size? I'm thinking about taking a sleeping bag to just lay on top of the sheets.....and my own pillow.
I stayed in a brand new motel last summer. The bed was flat. The sheets were thick. There was no grime build up in the corners of the bathroom and no mildew in the shower. It felt luxurious and it was expensive!
Disclaimer: My house is not spotless and some of my towels are thin, and unlike a motel room, it doesn't get "cleaned" every day but it's MY dirt.