Just joining me? Read “The Hotel Diaries: Part One”, here.
After working at the Ascot Hotel, my dad got a job at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, where he was the assistant manager. I really liked this hotel; I thought it was very cool that I had to ride an elevator just to get to the lobby, which was (and still is!) on the fifteenth floor. The lower floors were, I believe, offices and conference rooms, and there were shops at street level.
Since my dad wasn’t the Big Cheese at this hotel, my sister and I weren’t yet at the point where we got “whatever we wanted” from the staff (as my mom mentioned in comments on the last post: she was talking about what’s to come in the next two posts), but everyone was, of course, really nice to us. I remember riding the elevators incessantly.
The HIMP had an indoor pool and we could swim year-round, which was a real step-up from the outdoor, rooftop pool of the Ascot Hotel. The added bonus? I got to have a pool party for my birthday. I remember it was a really, really big deal to me to invite a couple of my closest friends to the city for pizza and swimming, in NOVEMBER.
I remember that, when my dad was working at this hotel, we tried frozen yogurt for the first time when a shop opened downstairs. Back then it was a pretty new thing. They called it “Frogurt”, and my very favorite flavor was lemon. Would I choose lemon today? Absolutely not. Back then, though? YUMMY.
It was also during this time period when we got our first Simon game, and I remember sitting in a hotel room on several occasions (I’m pretty sure with my dad’s boss’ family), playing Simon for hours at a time. That was an awesome game, and we played it for years after. In a way, it was a precursor to “Bop It”.
Something else that happened as a result of my dad having the HIMP job? He sometimes got tickets to local shows and attractions. (This might be the one thing that a hotel manager has in common with a blogger, but I’m not sure.) I saw my first musical back then: it was “Bubbling Brown Sugar”, and it was awesome. We got the soundtrack (on LP, of course), and I wore that thing out. In fact, I still know a couple of the songs (you probably do, too!) and as I’m typing this I think I might check to see if it’s on iTunes*.
After a couple of years of being an assistant manager, my dad was offered a job managing his own Holiday Inn. We were off to Texas!
To be continued…
OMG! I just found out that a “Bubbling Brown Sugar” revival is headed to Broadway THIS YEAR!!! I think my sister and I might need a NYC trip…
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