Backbreak Hotel

1E52D90C-0BD4-460D-ABCD-1FE45D02E65FJim Adams, host of this week’s Music Challenge from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, gave us the song “Heartbreak Hotel” and asked us to focus on that song and use it for inspiration in any form of creative expression.

The song he gave us is about a guy whose girl left him and he finds a place at the end of Lonely Street called the Heartbreak Hotel, where he checks in and whines about how his “baby” left him and how lonely he is. Oh boo hoo!

I’m not going to lament about having a broken heart, but I am going to celebrate the fact that, since I retired two-and-a-half years ago, I have not spent a single night in a hotel room. Yay!

I used to have to travel a lot for my job and that meant spending many nights in hotel rooms. So many nights, in fact, that I qualified for Premium Gold Elite status, or something like that, with the Marriott rewards program.ACCA22D2-DF79-432D-870F-B9CCD8320470For the most part, the hotel rooms I slept in were decent enough, but no matter how often I stayed at a hotel sleeping on a hotel room bed, it’s just not the same as sleeping in my own bed.

I love my bed. My mattress is perfect. Not too soft. Not too hard. Just right. I wake up each morning feeling refreshed and free of back pain. But that wasn’t the case when I slept in hotel beds. My sleep was often restless and, as often as not, I’d have to pop a couple of Advils when I woke up because my back would be stiff and tight.

So, bringing this back to Jim’s Music Challenge, were I to write a song about a hotel, I’d probably title it “Backbreak Hotel.” Because, you know, hotel beds suck.

10 thoughts on “Backbreak Hotel

  1. newepicauthor August 10, 2019 / 6:48 pm

    I like the Marriott, but it is no match for the Hilton. I spent a lot of time in different hotels when I was traveling and one night when I was sleeping, someone came in my room and he told me that I was in his room and I had to leave. This was in Brazil and although the clerks did speak some English, they did mess up a lot. This guy worked at the same company as me and the room did belong to him, so I had to move out in the middle of the night which really sucked. They gave me another room and it was fine, but one day when I went back there after work there was a bird flying around in my room and it scared the crap out of me. The maid let a window open and it flew in and it took me a good hour throwing pillows at it to get it out. That kind of stuff never happens at home in your own bed.

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  2. msjadeli August 10, 2019 / 8:14 pm

    Great title. I wondered what your story would be about. Thought you were going to get a little raunchy. Tame is good though. Glad your back is happy staying off those hotel beds.

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  3. blindzanygirl August 11, 2019 / 1:35 am

    Oh God, do I relate. I HATE hotel beds. Hate hotels too! And also beds in holiday cottages! The pits! Our own bed is ALWAYS the BEST!

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  4. Melanie B Cee August 11, 2019 / 9:36 am

    My brother was a cop (he’s retired). He HATES staying in motels or hotels, because of what he says he’s seen when working with a CSI using black light in those places. He claimed that it would make anyone second guess the idea of sleeping in a motel/hotel. Me? If I travel I HAVE to stop and rest and as long as I can’t see ‘it’, I’m not going to worry about it. Besides they change the sheets, right? 😉

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    • Fandango August 11, 2019 / 2:59 pm

      Supposedly they change the sheets. But did they wash them? 😱


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