Oddly, it’s been a week with no real stories. I know. I’m as shocked as you. I’m not sure what to do with my suddenly normal life, but I guess I should enjoy it for a moment or two.
I actually have two uneventful trips under my belt in the past week. I went to dinner with an incredibly smart friend, here in NYC last week, who looked at me cross eyed when I was lamenting about my travel woes, and said “Uh, I have one word for you. Newark” To which I returned her cross eyed stare and said “I’ve heard Newark is a nightmare. And plus, it’s like crazy far.” Neither of which is true, evidently.
So, I called and changed my flight home last week to leave out of Newark. And the flight left on time. And we landed early! Yes. Early!
I was waiting for meteorites to fall out of the sky and strike my car on the drive home.
I was home, unpacked and had dinner at my own house, all before it was dark. I was completely off kilter all weekend.
And then, to top that, I had another completely on-time, uneventful trip back into Newark this week.
Almost as eerie as my night in the haunted hotel room.
I was spending a night in Boston and had been given a suite. It was a great room, and I was disappointed that I was only going to be there for one night.
It had a large, comfortable living room with a small hallway down to the large bedroom. The bathroom was right off the hallway, just outside the bedroom door.
I spent as much time enjoying it as I could, in the short time I had, but finally I decided I needed to go to bed. As I went into my room, I closed the door, climbed into bed and was soon sound asleep.
Now, I spend a lot of time in hotel rooms, and different ones every few days, so I am used to beds, lights, doors and bathrooms being in different places, and never have an issue remembering where things are.
Or, almost never.
Sometime, in the dark of the night, Mother Nature nudged me gently in the ribs, and suggested a visit to the bathroom.
As I’ve shared in previous posts, I value my sleep and will do pretty much anything to avoid disruption to my sleep (even sleep through fires). So when Mother Nature asks to visit in the middle of the night, I do not see the need to turn on lights. Or even open my eyes any more than absolutely necessary. The idea, of course, is the less I travel out of sleep, the less I have to travel back to sleep.
Somehow, I remembered, in my semi-conscious state, that my room had a door that I needed to navigate to get to the bathroom. So I climbed out of bed, and stumbled towards where I knew the door to be, with my arms outstretched to prevent me finding it with my face. My hands found the door, and I started moving my hands around to find the doorknob that was there when I turned out the light.
Except, they didn’t find one.
No big deal. I know my depth perception may be off with my eyes barely open in a squint. So I merely expanded my search on the wall.
Further and further.
Still no doorknob.
Suddenly, I am fully awake and slightly panicked, as every Twilight Zone and horror movie I have ever seen came rushing into my brain in a jumble of plots against me! I’ve been teleported into an alien ship and I am in their holding room with no escape! Or worse, I have checked into a haunted hotel, and the ghosts have made the door disappear! I am their prisoner as they drive me mad with their psychological torture.
All of these scenarios are, of course, perfectly logical when it’s o’dark thirty and you are barely awake.
Finally, after many long seconds of panic, and me desperately clawing every square inch of wall, the doorknob reappeared, right under my fingertips. The ghosts had had their fun, and realized, if they could make me panic that quickly by just moving the door, I may not be the best candidate for psychological torture.
Or, maybe my panic had awoken my brain to the point my eyes actually had to open and I could find the door.
Either way, I made it to the bathroom with no further incident, and survived the rest of the night in my haunted room.
I still limit my intake of fluids after dinner, just in case the aliens decide to return.