So, last night we staying in Middletown, NY in a pretty shady Howard Johnson’s.  According to the guy who had been living there for the last month, don’t leave your car top carrier on your car (it will get stolen) and drug dealer’s roam the halls at night.  Which would explain why every time Matt opened the door to our room, a dozen heads poked out of theirs.  We had to change rooms because the supposedly “new construction” room that they gave us at first had a screaming smoke detector and a party going on next door.  Our next room had cigarette burns in the desk chairs and black stains on the bed and floor.

Needless to say, we all slept in our clothes and booked out of there as soon as the first one of us woke up.  500 miles later, we are just outside of Columbus, Ohio and quite enjoying the room that Hampton Inn has to offer.  We called it quits early on today because we were all in desperate need of a bath and change of clothes (seeing as how we were afraid to shower in our last one).  I don’t know how much this room cost… but it’s worth it.  I think we know where we will be staying from now on.  I thoroughly enjoy the perfumed halls (no smoke smell even in the non-smoking rooms).  Matt is liking the opportunity to go for a run in the gym downstairs and the kids are watching “A Goofy Movie”

The kids have been SO good.  Better than I could have ever imagined.  Though I think that we are all eager for some real food (I’d kill for a salad).

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