This is the conversation Philip and I had last night.
Philip said, “I made our reservations to fly into Oakland on the 4th. Our event with Bob is on the 5th and we’ll stay the weekend and have our meetings and training sessions through the next week. See what hotel you can get close to Fremont.”
So I clicked away and checked out our regular haunts.
“Looks like there is some big event going on, the hotels are either unavailable or really high priced that weekend.”
Then I googled “Super Bowl.” I knew it was going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area, I just didn’t know it was that early in February.
Philip knew it was on the 7th, he just didn’t know it was in the Bay Area.
So, here is the ugly truth– we are sports illiterates. We are not fans, we are not followers we didn’t watch the Royals in the World Series, but did follow the final games online. We didn’t watch the Chiefs in the play-offs, again catching the final score online. We are happy for both teams doing well this year. We are happy for our friends who follow every game, who watch the Royals in the burning heat or the Chiefs in freezing cold.
We are not those people.
But those people were driving up the cost of the hotel rooms we usually stay in when we are in California.
We spent almost 2 hours finding a hotel that was within driving distance to our event on Friday and that cost less than a month’s mortgage. We’d enter our dates, search for a hotel , find one that listed some reasonable price, click select and the next page would show that price for one night, a price 3 times as much for the following night, and a warning that rooms were paid immediately on reservation with no refund for changes.
We finally used some (a bunch, actually) of Hilton points to offset the cost of one hotel and the on Saturday we’ll move to Windsor, north of the city. I haven’t got the rooms for the rest of the week yet, but we’ll figure it out. By then, the fans will have thinned out and the prices won’t be so hard to take.
And this way, I’ll be strolling the square in Healdsburg to taste some wine while the fans are cheering on their teams. And they and we will all be happy!