THE RICH GET RICHER
CLEARWATER, FLA - I've been travelling in and around North America for quite a while, and it still kills me how the hotel business works.
I just finished staying at a posh resort (yeah, it's a tough life) in St. Petersburg, where rooms are several hundred dollars a night and then they stick you with a $22 per night "resort fee." As if paying the room rate isn't enough, you have to pay for things you might not even use. And if you want a cup of coffee during the day to wake you up, it's $3 for a simple Starbucks blend in the lobby. Breakfast likely will cost you $15 to $20.
On the other hand, if you stay at one of the cheaper chains - I was at a Fairfield Inn by Marriott last night - you get free breakfast with everything from belgian waffles and fresh bagels to yogurt, boiled eggs, five kinds of cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, coffee and tea and three kinds of juice. The high-speed internet is free. And the coffee is free all day in the lobby. And the room? Seventy eight bucks. There's a small pool and a hot tub but no resort fee. You gotta love it.
HOCKEY? WE DON'T WATCH NO STINKING HOCKEY
Hate to tell you folks, but I couldn't find a word about the world junior hockey tournament in the local papers down here. Of course, the Dolphins were in the NFL playoffs on Sunday (well, they were on the field, anyway; we're not sure what Chad Pennington was doing) and the University of Florida is in the NCAA/BCS number one playoff thingy on Thursday against Oklahoma. Plus it's college basketball season.
Still, if anyone in the city of Tampa Bay outside of the Lightning organization has ever heard of John Tavares I'd be shocked.