Saturday, June 25, 2005

Terms of Endearment

Everyday we have breakfast in the hotel restaurant partly because it is convenient but mostly because it is free! There is a nice fountain at the front of the restuarant and the breakfast buffet is pretty good. The staff is friendly and always there to assist in whatever you need. After this things take a darker turn. There is a music track that plays in the background and it is relentlessly playing the same song over and over again. People are talking and eating so you don't really pay that much attention at first.

The next thing you know, you are plowing through your breakfast like it's the first meal you've seen in a month. Faster and faster and you have know idea why. Then you realize subconsciously you are trying to get out of there as fast as you can to avoid hearing that song again.

Yesterday, I finally asked one of the waitresses about it and she told me it was the theme from Terms of Endearment (a perfectly awful and depressing movie with Shirley McLaine from the early 80's) and that the song was a favorite among the wait staff therefore they just press the repeat button on the CD player. These people are insane.

Or perhaps they have a little bit of mad genious in them. I guess if you play the same song over and over again the table turnover might go quicker allowing them to squeeze in more and more guests. Whatever the reason, I will never again be able to hear that horrible song without thinking of Hong Kong.

By the way, for those of you keeping score, it is sunny today and there is actually blue sky showing through the clouds. Of course it would happen this way, we are leaving Hong Kong today.

3 comments:

Barbara Park said...

Hi Jeff and Michelle,
I do not know if you are reading the comments or not, but I thought I would send one anyway. It is already Saturday your time. When you get Tenley it might be Sunday our time. That way you would get her on your birthday Jeff. Last year a life was taken from us on your birthday and this year a life will be given to us. God does special things and knows our needs that's for sure. Anyway Dad and I are thinking of you and praying for you. Hope you are better Jeff and hope you did not get what Jeff had Michelle. We love you, and once again when you get Tenley, tell her that Grandma loves her.
Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

Amen Barbara about a new life. Jeff and Michelle. You might be a half a world away, but gosh darn it, we are going to talk to you anyway. Thanks for keeping up to date like this. We are all excited for you two.
~Carolyn

CaliGirl said...

Hi, I am enjoying reading your blog. Sounds like an adventurous trip...the airplane flight sounds fun - too bad it's raining so much, and that sucks about the repetitive cra**y music in the hotel restaurant, and too bad the reclining seats were on the shorter flight. Well, take care from CaliGirl in Orange County.