I stayed at the historic Hotel Laguna Hotel last weekend.
This is a new thing for me when I travel to another city.
I seek out old historic hotels NOT owned by massive corporations.
I started avoiding corporate digs once they started charging 30
bucks just to park my car….
$50 for anything off the room service menu. Which turns into $70
once you add in the service fee….
And the extra (why am i doing this again) bonus tip.
Sorry bud, but the cold eggs and burnt coffee ain’t worth seventy bucks.
But go ahead and keep the change anyway.
But the real deal killer came when the big chains started charging resort fees.
So on top off all this other garbage. You have to pay again just to use the
Didn’t I just hand you $350 for a room that was supposed to cover that Mr?
I guess not.
After a dozen of these ream jobs. It was bye-bye to Hilton and Marriott for good.
Anyway, the Hotel Laguna was built about 85 years ago.
And next to the lobby in this old gem, you’ll find a long hallway. Filled with old black
and white photos.
Many taken waaaaaaay back in the late 1800’s.
While I was there, I walked the length of that hall and looked every one of them…
When I hit the end of the line something struck me. So I went back to
the beginning and looked at them all again.
And here’s what I found…
The further back I went. The skinner these people got. And it was
And it wasn’t until the 1930’s that chubby people started to show up
And each decade after that. Things continued to get worse.
Until we finally wound up right here.
Here’s a secret….
Hostess, the company that made the Twinkie famous. Was founded in the 1930’s.
So was Frito Corporation. Purveyors of deep fried corn chips in a bag.
Big Boy Restaurants showed up around this time too…
Where you could grab a Coca Cola. A burger. And bag of deep fried
potatoes without stepping inside your kitchen.
The industrial food complex landed squarely on both feet in the 1930’s.
And if your dinner often consists low fat goodness out of a bag.
Or a handy dandy meal in a cardboard box…
You’re a card carrying member.
As for myself, I turned my card in long ago.
I’m part of a new club now. And I think YOU should join me.
Order one. You get both.