We all have quirks AND talents. If you ask my granddaughter's husband, he will tell you my greatest feat (since he's known me) is sneaking 16 ounce sodas out of a riverfront casino for him and his then girlfriend, my first granchild. They were in their late teens. The riverboat Admiral, used to cruise the Mississippi River in its hey day, but when it fell into disrepair, it became a stationary casino moored on the St. Louis Riverfront.
Hubby drove us down on the wharf, under the Arch, and we wanted to dart into the casino for a minute. The kids had fun discovering the Mighty Mississippi and chasing hundreds of pigeons. He was from a rural area and that many pigeons in one place was a thrill. I told them we'd be out in fifteen minutes (we were) and I would bring them a soda (I did.)
They were sitting on a bench, and he was thirsty from all that pigeon chasing. He looked at me expectantly and then with disapointment when he didn't see two bottles in my hands. I said, "Walk up on the sidewalk off the casino property and I'll give you your drinks."
It was illegal to take any beverage (even water) from the casino back then. But that didn't stop me.
As their shoes left the cobblestones and met the sidewalk, I slid my hand into my purse and pulled out a filled-to-the-brim cup of soda without a lid. And then another one. My grandson-in-law's eyes widened and he asked, "How did you do that?"
"Very carefully," I said with a smile.
He looked in my purse expecting it to be saturated. It was dry. Now, you know my talent, which he still talks about.
Here's my travel quirk:
Ever since I saw on Sixty Minutes that hotel linens, especially wash cloths and towels can contain E-coli bacteria even after washing in scalding water, I refuse to use their wash cloths. I buy a package of cheap ones from Wal-Mart and toss them...into the trash if they are still wet when we pack to leave, or if they are dry, into the dirty laundry. Am I the only one?
Would you share your travel quirks/secrets with me? I may include them (with your permission) in an article.