Expat@Large

Sleeping Around

Posted in Uncategorized by expatatlarge on December 18, 2008

I estimate that I’ve stayed in 40 or so different hotels for work trips in the last 18 months. Round it up, maybe more like 50 or even slightly more, as some of the trips may have involved moving from town to town, night by night. I sort of keep track, via expense reports and work schedules but sometimes the dealer-company pays directly so I don’t have any expense, therefore no record. Anyway, point being that sleeping around has put me in a bit over two new beds each month.

Unfortunately, due to the bad feet, foot operation, foot medication, mojo falling, etc… most if not all would have been just E@L in the bed. (It’s been a baaaaaad year. I’d put my golf/sex ratio as positive, and I’ve not played much golf at all. Guess what my New Years Resolution is going to be: a lot more sex, because I can hardly play much less golf!) Whatever.

Last year, William Gibson on his blog showed a montage of photos from one of his book tours – Spook Country I believe (not a fan of this book – the persistent product placements [a parody maybe] put me off after page not many.) The blog, it was cool though, just lots of plain photographs of the beds he slept in on his tour, arranged symmetrically in a largish matrix. He was only in each town one night, so he quickly got a significant portfolio going there. So I thought I’d try it, even though I usually stayed 4-6 nights in the same hotel each trip and would not approach the size of Gibson’s montage for a quite a while.

I started in earnest in July ’07 but got pretty pissed with the tedious concept eventually, as I kept forgetting to take a picture just often enough to make it all seem a bit of a fizzler. Also, as my camera doesn’t do a very wide-angle shot, I could not always stand directly at the end of the bed and get the nice symmetrical shots that Gibson could. Some have my briefcase is on the bed, which was what Gibson did, and some have my suitcase, and in some the beds are unmade. Whatever.

So tonight, on holidays in Geelong, getting ready to write my annual list of 10 New Things for 2008, I pulled all of the bed shots together: not so bad really. I’ve got, what, 15 – 16 beds, about a third of the possible number. There’s a 4×4 matrix practically done, or however Blogger pulls them up. (There may be more bed pics in my iPhone, which I didn’t bring with me, as no 3G.) Checking through the pics I have on this laptop and in my camera, in preparation for uploading, I notice that four of the hotel-beds are from the one trip to Egypt and Libya! LOL! Whatever.

Everybody’s gotta have a hobby. No crime in that. Mine is sleeping around.

E@L

p.s. GingerNuts, the freaking Ghost Cat, has returned from places metaphysical to my mother’s house in order to piss yet again in my old bedroom and piss me off! I nearly choked on the ammonia fumes last night as I went in order to go to bed, I swear by all that is profane, you have no idea, I kid you not, spooky mystic weird! I have moved to my sister’s old room.

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  1. dibabear said, on December 18, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Seems to me that GingerNuts, the Ghost Cat with the prodigious ball bag, is mocking your positive golf to sex ratio. Or so it seems.

  2. expat@large said, on December 18, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    So it would seem… I gonna exorcise the mofo by ripping up the red shag pile carpet the first chance I get.

  3. Skippy-san said, on December 21, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    The better question is how many of those beds have you “christened”?As in close the deal, play hide the little Australian, etc…….


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