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Was just out-of-state for work for a couple weeks, and it's just amazing to see the differences in work cultures in different cities. It really sucks when you have to stay late because you don't really get to enjoy the city. But when you leave early, it's great - the restaurants, the drinks, etc. How about them rental cars? If you get stuck with a toyota matrix or something, boy is it painful. Doesn't come with anything, so you feel like you're in a box that moves. That new car smell permeates the air. Well, who do you think buys these ridiculous cars outside of Hertz, Avis and Enterprise. But when you luck out and get the sports cars, oooh wee...good times zooming through the streets of unfamiliar cities.The worst part is having to deal with the expense gurus after. Yes, my breakfast was $28. Ever tried room service expense folk? It's one of the most overpriced ripoffs out there.


Anonymous said…
It's all about scoring free breakfast.

"Uh, my room wasn't cleaned."

"Here's a free breakfast voucher."

Either that, or booking at hotels that offer it as a perk. :)

Though it comes as no surprise to anyone the more expensive the hotel, the less likely it is to have free breakfasts. [sigh]

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