Friday, May 05, 2006

O little town of Bethlehem

Here I am...in the Bethlehem Marriott.

Blackbird and I wish we had had the foresight to book rooms in the Bethlehem Inn.
I especially appreciated the illuminated star, above the red neon sign.
But there was probably no room...

We had Mexican food for dinner.
The Internet reviews were scattered - one called the restaurant "a jewel of the Northeast" (ringing enodrsement for Mexican, eh?); another claimed it was a racist establishment with lousy food and service.
I don't know about any of that - the food was fine, the service passable, in our experience - but there WAS a strolling guitar player complete with giant black velvet sombrero.
And Blackbird cheerfully wished our waitress a "happy Cinco de Mayo."

We did some window-"shopping" on Main Street.
There are an AWFUL LOT of Nativity-themed thingamabobs and geegaws here.
And weirdo wildlife - stuffed horses with some bizarrely-proportioned Santa Claus astride its back.
Dolphin coffee table sculptures.
"Hon, move the dolphin, wouldja, I want to put my glass down."

The town drunk stumbled by us.
Or maybe she was just a disheveled middle-aged woman having trouble with her wedge-heeled espadrilles.

I told the hotel clerk that we met on the Internet.
Well, Christ, I didn't want her thinking we were with the cheerleading convention.
Ha!

It only took me half an hour to figure out why my Internet connection was not functioning.
Now I am having anightcap, watching "House" on cable, and enjoying the view from my balcony.
Of the parking lot.
And the Super CVS.

We debated visiting Unclaimed Freight tomorrow.
I remember the cheesy TV commercials from when I was little.
"Unnnn(nnnnn) Claimed(aimmmmmmeeddddd) Freight(ttttttttttt)!!!!!!"
It might be a nostalgia trip...

7 comments:

Lazy cow said...

But, but, what's Blackbird really like. C'mon, you can tell me!
Should we be expecting drunken emails at some stage?

Suse said...

I can't believe you've met! But you've only mentioned bb so far. Who else is there with you in little town o' bethlehem?

Joke said...

I'm holding out for lots and lots of headless photos.

-J.

MsCellania said...

It's 6:35 a.m. and I'm bleary eyed, but logged on for these tidbits of vicarious joy. Thank you for taking the half hour to figure out your connection. Some other people haven't bothered to post yet, hrmphhhhhhhh!

And we've seen headless photos already, of course; we want to see some with foo-foo drinks in them!

WV is obossa, like "Oh, Bossa?.... " which is Italian, after all.

jess said...

How did the clerk react to the news?

jak said...

I want to know the same thing- who eles is there?

Carolyn said...

Oh, I'm so glad you're keeping us updated!