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“We’ll be checking in late,” explains AdventureMan, “and we want to be sure you will hold the room for us.”



Pause. (you can hear frantic clicking in the background)

“Sir, what is your name again?”

“AdventureMan! (He actually gives his real name) A – D – V – E – N – T – U – R – E – M – A – N!” He spells it out.



More Pause

“Uh, sir, we can’t find your reservation! When did you make it?”

“The office made it.”




This is not looking good.

“Sir, we do not have a reservation for you. I am so sorry sir!”

“But I am sure the office made a reservation! I have the confirmation number! And, I am one of (your hotel name) SPECIAL CLUB MEMBERS!”

“Uh, yes sir, but this is (a totally different hotel)”

LLLOOOLLL, Adventureman.

“I am SO sorry.” He hangs up. He calls the right hotel, and he is assured they have our room ready for us.

AdventureMan looks at me and we both start giggling.

“I would have hung up,” he begins, but we are both convulsing with laughter.”I would have hung up, but I gave them my NAME!” and we are both dying laughing. He does stay at this other hotel from time to time.

“Next time I call, I will have to identify myself as STUPID-MAN!” he barks, and we are weak and helpless, we are laughing so hard.

January 26, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Communication, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Middle East, Travel


  1. I have also done this but I showed up there! I also do this at restaurants:
    Me: I would like the 3 pizza’s for $15.
    Them: We don’t have that special
    Me: Yes you do, I just saw it on TV!
    Them: Let me check with my manager.
    Me: Ok, Thank You.
    Them: Mam, that special is at Domino’s
    Me: Where am I?
    Them: Pizza Hut!!!
    Me: SO SORRY!

    Comment by Q8Dutchie | January 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. LLLOOOLLL, Q8Dutchie, so they don’t have your name, but they sure have your face!~

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. I think that is even more embarrasing cause you have to turn around and walk out with what little pride you have left!

    Comment by Q8Dutchie | January 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. LOL

    Comment by Ansam | January 26, 2009 | Reply

  5. Here’s one for AdventureMan. My husband had me take his computer in because he suddenly lost sound after our daughter used his computer. I am the techie, so I did all the usual things within the programming to be sure she didn’t mute something or somehow turn off the sound card. No luck. The first thing the repair guy did is turn up the volume wheel on the front of the computer. My heart sank and my face got red because I assumed my husband had done that before asking me to check it out. I felt like such an idiot. I took it home and thanked him for making ME look like an idiot and he said “I didn’t know their was a volume control there!” So I have to remember he is a technological 5 year old. Guess it goes along with making ME ask for directions too. LOL

    Comment by momcat | January 26, 2009 | Reply

  6. 🙂 Sounds familiar – but one is never prepared.

    I was in Mumbai on business and had invited a few clients to dinner at hotel near my hotel. When the bill came, I added a tip, put my name and room number and signed it. I then walked out with my guests, got into a taxi and drove back to my hotel!!! I only realised when I was checking out the next morning. “Where is the dinner charge? “…. “What dinner?”… OOooohh.

    The relief on the faces of the people at the restaurant was indescribable 🙂

    Comment by Bu Yousef | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  7. LOOOOL!!!!!

    Comment by Yousef | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  8. hehehe xD

    Comment by neoark25 | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  9. Ansam 🙂

    Momcat – oh NOOOOOOOO! No! No! And YOU had to take the embarrassment, not TopCop. Oh NO!

    Bu Yousef – God bless you. You went back and paid? Anyone can make a mistake, it takes a real man to go to the great trouble of fixing it.

    Yousef – 🙂

    Neoark25 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 28, 2009 | Reply

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