Cooped Up – Friday Fictioneers

This week marks Rochelle Wisoff-Fields's third anniversary with the Friday Fictioneers. Congratulations, Rochelle! Hats off to her leadership and dedication she has given to this group. I enjoyed this community and have watched it grow, not only in number, but in the strength of its writing. I want to say thanks to everyone for making … Continue reading Cooped Up – Friday Fictioneers

Survival Tips for “Hotels on a Budget”

I’m guest posting at Long Awkward Pause with some Survival Tips for “Hotels on a Budget.” Come on over!

With spring break and summer vacations around the corner, you might be surprised to learn that you are not the only one on a budget. It turns out hotels are on a tight budget, too. If camping is not your style, then following these tips will ensure a pleasant stay at any hotel on a budget.

Consider these amenities:


A cramped sleeping space can be compensated with a fluffy pillow. In the case that you have extra guests or the pillow is too flat, an additional pillow will solve the problem, easing your way into restful sleep. Logic tells you to simply ask for another pillow.


Be prepared for this scenario:

Guest: Would it possible to get an extra pillow?

Clerk: No.

And don’t ask again. It’s important for the hotel staff to be on your side for the reminder of your stay. Just be happy you…

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A Christmas Journey: Ghost of the Past

Just because you reserve a U-Haul doesn't mean it's guaranteed. In fact, to U-Haul it means diddly. Even if you explain that you're moving 1,000 miles across three states in the middle of winter. They shrugged. So much for planning. The year was 2001, two days before Christmas, Mr. Bumble and I arrived at the … Continue reading A Christmas Journey: Ghost of the Past

The Inexcusable Bumble: The Late Check-In

Late Check-In

When you fly, there's not only getting on the plane, there's getting to the airport. Often, a friend or family drives you there, and there's always the question, "When do we need to leave?" Let's see, "When's your flight?" And, then you factor in the suggested allotted time necessary to stand in the check-in line … Continue reading The Inexcusable Bumble: The Late Check-In