Here is a medium-length recap of part of the Taos visit. NEVER go to that area if you don’t have your sense of humor intact.
I think you can figure out who is who in this conversation. The clerk is definitely a Taos blond, about 25-30 years old. (The 60s and 70s [and evidently the 21st century] were/[is] definitely good to a lot of people living in Taos…and probably their 25-30 year old offspring).
The hotel: http://www.elpueblolodge.com/ (Can you find a street address on the site?)
· Hi, do you have a reservation for Fulgham?
· Aaaah, yes, I found it. Keep it on the card you reserved with?
· Yes. Here it is.
· (Processes the card through the card machine) Ok that will be $156.00
· No, the confirmed reservation was for a total of $115.00. The lady I talked to on the phone said the base price with my discounts was $102, and the taxes brought it to $115.
· Ummmmm…Oh yeah, I think it was me you talked to. OK, I’ll void this charge and run it again at the price I gave you.
· Thanks, I appreciate that.
This shows that the first charge has been reversed…..This
shows the corrected charge……Where’s my stapler so I can attach all of this.
(Much shuffling of paper on the desk and mumbling)
OK, now, let me get your keys to room 121.
(a couple of minutes go by with much more mumbling and paper shuffling. Finds some sort of paperwork.)
Uhhhhhh, someone put somebody else in your room. I’ll be right back.
(Out the door with a wad of papers in her hand….back in about 2 minutes).
I don’t know how this happened…… I don’t know how this happened……somebody DID rent your room to someone else.
· When I made the reservation with you, you told me the room number was 103. It changed to 121?
Uhhhh, yeah. I don’t know how that happened, but somebody
doubled up on your room.
(Picks up phone and calls supervisor/manager/owner)
Whatever-name-she-used, I have a big problem. I have a customer with a confirmed reservation and somebody put another customer in that room. What do I do!!?? Uhhhhh….Huh?... OK…uh-huh…. Yeah, the condo…….
OK. Sir, we are going to put you in the upstairs bedroom of
the condo. You will have your own bathroom. Give me a few minutes, and
we’ll lock off the other 2 bedrooms. We’ll give it to you for the same
(Finds keys. Goes out the door and around to the ‘condo’.
In the mean time, Susan and I go outside. I’m having a smoke and laughing my butt off.
Red-faced clerk scurries back in about 3 minutes)
I’ve got to find Carlos. I can’t get the door to unlock.
(walks in a circle a couple of times just outside the office door looking around….finally sees Carlos on the back side of the property. Waves to him. Carlos waves back. Frantically waves at Carlos in a “come here” motion. Carlos trots in….. )
Carlos, I can’t get the door to 131 to unlock.
(Leaves with Carlos. Back in about 2 minutes with Carlos explaining she was at the wrong door and everything is fine. Carlos volunteers to bring us firewood.)
Here are your keys, sir. I’m sorry for the delay.
(During this episode, the front desk is un-staffed….for probably about 15 minutes.)
· That’s OK. I’m glad you got it worked out. Where do we park?
· Ahh….umm….Huh?….Oh, just park anywhere.
(We find the door and go inside. At first glance, things are
pretty fancy. But, this is Taos….all show and no function.
There is a big living area with a couch and TV.
A small kitchen with microwave, stove, coffee pot, etc.
There is a large oak dining table with 6 chairs in front of a huge rock fireplace. So, if you build a fire, you need to sit at the table to be able to see the fire.
By the way, the light switches were finally found in a dark corner about 15 feet from the front door…….
Our bedroom is at the top of the stairs and there is an adjoining bath. The bath has a tub/shower…..with no shower curtain.
Susan and I unload the luggage, lock up the room, and leave for our afternoon road trip around the “Enchanted Circle”… Taos – Rio Grande Gorge – Questa – Red River – Eagle Nest – Angel Fire – Taos.
Tried to find a place for lunch….didn’t want much, just a sandwich or something like that.
We found a French café. As we were going in, I noticed the plate in front of a young man….it obviously was Eggs Benedict….a really slimy looking chartreuse colored sauce over what appeared to be fried eggs.
We checked the menu…..kept glancing at the kid with the green eggs…. Nothing on the menu that wasn’t green, stringy, mushroom mutation, lots of goat cheese, feta cheese, tofu, or “organic” and nothing less than $15 a plate. We leave….
I find a more “normal” looking café advertising Mexican food. OK by my book, but Susan doesn’t share my addiction to chili.
The waitress is in normal Taos attire…..skirt, boots, makeup by Sherwin Williams, chemically modified mental state with permanent after effect, etc.. She is probably about 40-45 and obviously a drama queen. We finally get to order….smothered in green burrito for me and a hamburger for Susan. My burrito was really good, but the hamburger was probably a little worse than Wendy’s. Anyway, we got some resemblance of real food and go do our “Circle” drive.
It’s about 6:30 or so now. We’re back at the hotel and I go to the front desk. The same blond is on duty.)
What do you have for suggestions for a dinner location? We would like to find a steak house, or possibly Italian food.
· Ummm….Ogelvies….about 4 blocks (points south).
· Is it a steak house or Italian?
· Ahhh, I’ve been there for a few drinks, but I’ve never eaten there. But, I recommend it.
· I leave the lobby laughing my butt off.
That was enough for one night!
BTW….we never found Ogelvies that night. We did see
it Sunday before we left…not quite 4 blocks and not south on the main drag as
We tried a Pub. They had their own micro-brewery in the basement. The local brew tasted more like paint remover than beer. Nothing on the menu that wasn’t green, stringy, mushroom mutation, lots of goat cheese, tofu, or “organic” and nothing less than $15 a plate. I drank my beer…..Susan sipped a little from hers. We left to look for real food after a guy comes up out of the basement, black pants, black Metallica t-shirt, sides and back of the head shaved with 12” black dreadlocks coming out of the top of his head bouncing like Slinkies, carrying something green in his very dirty black apron……Wonder if it was green stuff for the menu?
We stopped at another place, looked at the posted menu. It was a very similar menu like above, with nothing less than $25 a plate. But, a little classier ….and more goat cheese.
Finally found the Guadalajara Grill. They did some resemblance of Baja Mexican seafood. At least it wasn’t more goat cheese. It was almost ok…..overcooked and chewy, but still a little artsy-fartsy, and not quite real food, but edible….Susan does pretty well with seafood.
Never saw a steak house………… If there was one, they probably put goat cheese on everything anyway…..or tofu steaks. Cows must be pretty safe in that part of the state……..