Tag Archive: Random

Hotel Room Booking Tips

As a hotel reservationist, I’ve realized I have a love/hate relationship with people, mostly love, but sometimes hate.  It’s not nearly as bad as my Priceline days, but here are some tips to keep in mind when booking a reservation:

  • The hotels we represent DO NOT want you to call them directly to book a reservation, that’s why they’ve hired us and only put OUR NUMBER on the website!
  • If you are already looking online at rates for a hotel stay, please just save you and I the time it takes you to argue with me about rates, and JUST BOOK IT ONLINE! It’s the same price.
  • Call the hotel directly if you are trying to modify reservations…we don’t make any m0ney canceling or modifying reservations…that’s why we give you the hotel phone # when you make a reservation!
  • Please do your research online when it comes to checking rates. Again, we don’t make any money when you are just “checking rates”!
  • Please don’t get upset with us when we tell you the hotels’ offices are closed.  We don’t make the rules, nor do we have the powers to magically reopen them just for you!
  • If you don’t know how to google a hotel phone number, I’ll be happy to assist, but please do have pen and paper handy when calling.
  • 90% of the time, you need a credit card to reserve a room, so please ask us up front if one is required to reserve a room…saves everyone time.
  • When you have more than 2 adults in a room, the price will go up!  In some cases, it only takes more than one adult to increase the price.  Children 18 and up are no longer considered children either.
  • If you are trying to reserve a room for a holiday weekend, don’t be surprised when the prices are much higher, or if the hotel is sold out.  If you are booking for a holiday night, and there happens to be availability,  the night of, the price will still be high.

Just thought this could be of use to anyone looking to book hotel reservations over the phone.  I, as a reservations agent, would certainly appreciate any compliance 🙂

Thank you for reading my blog, and have a great day!

Diction IS Everything

I know I may not always word things in the best of ways, but luckily, I don’t have the world watching me!

“I think that the film Clueless was very deep. I think it was deep in the way that it was very light. I think lightness has to come from a very deep place if it’s true lightness.” – Alicia Silverstone

“I would like to live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were ever supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever.” – Ms. Alabama 1994

“Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together.” -Oprah Winfrey

“When you’re looking for something, vision is important.” -America’s Next Top Model Contestant (Amanda) on finding a store in Tokyo.

“I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police.” – Keith Richards

“I loved Jordan. He was one of the greatest athletes of our time” -Mariah Carey on hearing of the death of King of Jordan

“If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.” – Terry Venables

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.” -Yogi Berra

“Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer.” – David Acfield

“Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you figure out two plus two is ten, or something.” – Dennis Rodman

“You can put wings on a pig, but you don’t make it an eagle.” – Bill Clinton

“It’s no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another.” – George Bush Sr.

“If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very low crime rate.” – Mayor Marion Barry

Mark Your Calendars – February

February is . . . . National Blah Buster Month, National Embroidery Month, National Grapefruit Month, National Snack Food Month, National Weddings Month, Responsible Pet Owner Month, Return Carts to the Supermarket Month, Creative Romance Month, International Twit Award Month, Canned Food Month

February 1 is . . . . . Serpent Day

February 2 is . . . . . Purification Day

February 3 is . . . . . Cordova Ice Worm Day (But MORE importantly, MY BIRTHDAY!!)

February 4 is . . . . . Create A Vacuum Day

February 5 is . . . . . Disaster Day

February 6 is . . . . . Lame Duck Day

February 7 is . . . . . Charles Dickens Day

February 8 is . . . . . Kite Flying Day

February 9 is . . . . . Toothache Day

February 10 is . . . . Umbrella Day

February 11 is . . . . White Tee-Shirt Day and Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

February 12 is . . . . National Plum Pudding Day

February 13 is . . . . Get A Different Name Day and Dream Your Sweet Day

February 14 is . . . . Ferris Wheel Day and National Heart to Heart Day

February 15 is . . . . National Gum Drop Day

February 16 is . . . . Do A Grouch A Favor Day

February 17 is . . . . Champion Crab Races Day

February 18 is . . . . National Battery Day

February 19 is . . . . National Chocolate Mint Day

February 20 is . . . . Hoodie Hoo Day – At high noon everyone yells “Hoodie-Hoo” to chase away winter and make way for spring.

February 21 is . . . . Card Reading Day

February 22 is . . . . Be Humble Day

February 23 is . . . . International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

February 24 is . . . . National Tortilla Chip Day

February 25 is . . . . Pistol Patent Day (Samuel Colt)

February 26 is . . . . National Pistachio Day

February 27 is . . . . International Polar Bear Day

February 28 is . . . . Public Sleeping Day

Calling ALL Moms

Does this offend you?

Apparently mothers have taken offense to this, in that, if they don’t wear the baby sling, that they are less of a mother.  I’m not a mother, so I can’t say I find it offensive, but quite a few have been offended.  Just curious.

Just some random questions to get to know you better.  I wanna hear from anyone and everyone!

  • Your dream vacation?
  • If you could have one luxury item, no matter the cost, what would it be?
  • What’s one thing on your bucket list?
  • Favorite comfort food?
  • Favorite memory as a kid?
  • Do you think you have a weird family?
  • Most embarrassing thing your parents ever did to you?
  • What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Katie Karaoking

If you remember this post, here’s another video clip I forgot I had, and GREAT news, you won’t hear me singing!!  Enjoy!

Do You Have A Perky Job?

Here’s an intersting article on the jobs with the best perks for employees.  I knew I wanted to go into hotel/resort management for a reason LOL, but not neccessarily for the reasons posted, although they are still VERY nice  perks!

Do you have a job with great perks?  Is that what attracted you initially to your job, or do you just love what you do?  If they were taken away, would you leave your job?

Have A Laugh!

Last week, I saw Tim Parsons, from the Big Bang Theory, on Craig Ferguson, and thought he was a hoot!  Although, I was suprised to hear his personality isn’t quite as different from his character on the show as I would’ve thought!  Either way, I was cracking up! 



The Value of a Smile

I’m reading How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie, and found this excerpt he took from a department store’s advertisement.  I know it’s a tad early to be thinking about Christmas, but if you check out HIS blog, stores are already in full swing!  It’s just a good thing to remember ANY time of year, really!

The Value of a Smile at Christmas

I wanted to share this – I thought it so fitting for the season – and so true.
A smile costs nothing, but creates much.

It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give.
It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich they can get along without it, and none are so poor but are richer for its benefits.

It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the countersign of friends. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and Nature’s best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody till it is given away.

And if in the last-minute rush of Christmas buying some of our salespeople should be too tired to give you a smile, may we ask you to leave one of yours?

For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give!

Mark Your Calendars – October

October is . . . . Adopt-A-Dog Month, Computer Learning Month, National Apple Jack Month, National Car Care Month, National Clock Month, National Cosmetology Month, National Dessert Month, National Pickled Pepper Month, National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, National Pretzel Month, National Sarcastics Month, National Seafood Month, National Kitchen and Bath Month, and Vegetarian Awareness Month

October 1 is . . . . . World Vegetarian Day and Magic Circles Day

October 2 is . . . . . Name Your Car Day

October 3 is . . . . . Virus Appreciation Day

October 4 is . . . . . National Golf Day

October 5 is . . . . . National Storytelling Festival

October 6 is . . . . . German-American Day and Come and Take It Day

October 7 is . . . . . National Frappe Day

October 8 is . . . . . American Tag Day

October 9 is . . . . . Moldy Cheese Day

October 10 is . . . . National Angel Food Cake Day

October 11 is . . . . It’s My Party Day

October 12 is . . . . International Moment Of Frustration Scream Day

October 13 is . . . . National Peanut Festival

October 14 is . . . . Be Bald and Free Day and National Dessert Day

October 15 is . . . . White Cane Safety Day

October 16 is . . . . Dictionary Day

October 17 is . . . . Gaudy Day

October 18 is . . . . No Beard Day

October 19 is . . . . Evaluate Your Life Day

October 20 is . . . . National Brandied Fruit Day

October 21 is . . . . Babbling Day

October 22 is . . . . National Nut Day

October 23 is . . . . National Mole Day

October 24 is . . . . National Bologna Day

October 25 is . . . . Punk For A Day Day

October 26 is . . . . Mule Day

October 27 is . . . . Sylvia Plath Day

October 28 is . . . . Plush Animal Lover’s Day and National Chocolate Day

October 29 is . . . . Hermit Day

October 30 is . . . . National Candy Corn Day

October 31 is . . . . National Magic Day and Increase Your Pyschic Powers Day