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Road trip day 2: Wichita Falls to Raton - The online computery journal thingy of a turtle

Jul. 5th, 2008

08:00 pm - Road trip day 2: Wichita Falls to Raton

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So apparently this "not every room has wi-fi" problem is going to be a regular thing with Motel 6. I think it would be more appropriate if motel6.com bore a big red label warning "LARK'S VOMIT!" Er, I mean "NOT EVERY ROOM HAS WI-FI SO ASK WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR RESERVATION!" Guess I better call ahead to the other places I'll be staying at. I'm posting this from the McDonald's near the motel here in Raton, New Mexico.

Last night I was definitely in redneck territory (Wichita Falls). Around 1 am, I heard hooting and hollering and loud pops outside, and saw flashes of light. Apparently some idiots got drunk or something and decided to tear through the Motel 6 parking lot shooting off bottle rockets. I also later heard they smashed someone's rear windshield. Not mine, fortunately. Fucking redneck assholes. I also heard someone yelling at them about calling the police. Good thing, so I didn't have to.

The trip today was relatively uneventful, but hot and dry. Also a bit scary, as US 87 is an undivided highway with one lane each way and a speed limit of 65 for parts of its length. Fortunately, starting tomorrow, the rest of the trip will be all interstates.

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From:maxgoof
Date:July 5th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-JpJCy9I8M
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From:orv
Date:July 5th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
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With Motel 6 you're lucky if the room even has the same number of beds you reserved, frankly.

Oddly, I had the opposite experience -- I went to a Motel 6 that wasn't listed as having WiFi at all, and it did.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 6th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
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That hasn't been a problem for me... until today when I had to take a 2-bed room upstairs instead of a 1-bed room downstairs in order to get a nonsmoking room with wi-fi. Granted, getting one bed too many is not as bad as getting one bed too few.
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From:sky
Date:July 5th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
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If your wireless card supports it you might consider getting an external directional antenna. With a little hunting it will give you a better shot at getting wifi in hotels.
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From:yakko
Date:July 7th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
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KT's Dell has built-in wireless, so can't take an external antenna without being hacked.
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From:krinndnz
Date:July 6th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)

hopefully helpful

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Regarding free WiFi in hotels, I just found a link today that you'll probably find handy for future trips. It's a chart of which major hotel chains have free wi-fi and which have it as a paid service.
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From:yakko
Date:July 7th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
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Last night I was definitely in redneck territory (Wichita Falls)

This was my experience when I stayed in Gainesville on the way back from San Antonio. The Holiday Inn Express is "conveniently" located next to a bar that leaves its door open, plays loud country music and has everyone in the area at it doing the hooting and hollering thing. This happened all night. On a weeknight. And I had to be up at 05:30am to leave.

Fortunately, my room had enough soundproofing or they stopped long enough for me to get some sleep. :o)
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