Lodging switcheroo

After the beer run in Overland Park, things got interesting. I originally booked a room at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kansas City, Kansas, figuring I’d try a different location and a different brand. There is a very nice HGI I near Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport I stayed at most of the time in 2005 when I visited the city. It was easy access from US 61 when I was coming back from a Delgado Community College baseball trip, and it was in an area without a lot of traffic.

This time, choosing something other than one of the many Marriott properties i have frequented through the years in Kansas City was a mistake. The hotel fronted the street, and all of the parking was in a garage behind the hotel, which wiould have meant a pain in the butt to get validated each time I wanted to go in and out. Also, I felt a little out of place for another reason, one which I will not mention.

Fortunately for me, it was a little after 2, and I had time to make a swift change. Coincidentally, I took US 169 north across the Missouri River, which brought me right pas the Courtyard Briarcliff. Since I was going to be able to stay only one night, I said not this time, but I”m certain to be back there very soon.

The Courtyard near KCI Airport off Tiffany Springs Parkway became an attractive option. I had complained about it in the past, but since it was for one night, and so close to Buffalo Wild Wings, I figured why not.

I’ve been at Buffalo Wild Wings since 3:30. Pretty quiet, even though the Royals play at 7 and the Steelers-Ravens game kicks off at 7:25. Liz usually doesn’t work Thursday, and although Lisa usually does, she is not here tonight. A lot of faces I didn’t see the past couple of weekends are here, and Brittany Mathenia-Tucker is serving me, which is wonderful.

Since I need only five minutes to drive back to the hotel, I can stay later. But I would like to get up early tomorrow and drive to Overland Park so I can be there when Morse-McCarthy Chevy opens.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on September 11, 2014, in Personal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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