October 14, 2008 – We are back in Tucson, AZ. We arrived yesterday and took a room at the In Town Suites for a week. We need the rest but more so, we need to be some place long enough to have out mail sent, fill a prescription, order an “how to buy RVs” book from Amazon, balance the checkbook and have my new eyeglasses sent (they weren’t ready when we left). And we needed to save a bit of money on lodging. Besides it is good for us to slum a bit.
So here we are. Nothing fancy is an understatement. But we do have a kitchenette (stove, sink, full fridge), a boxy sofa, a small kitchen table, and a double bed. There are no lamps (just overhead lighting), no full length mirror, no shelf area in the bathroom, no dishes in the cupboards, towels are the size of postage stamps and about as soft as cactii (the hotel throws the towels out after we leave the room — it is not even worth their while to wash them!), and no housekeeping. Nevertheless, everything is in its place and thus the room already feels comfortable and like its our own. Sort of like camping.
Looking out the window, it reminds me of the people we docked with in the Keys. The license plates confirm that the residents are from many different states, even Canada and Mexico. I’m sure there are lots of people who are living here on new jobs or temporary jobs — the parking lot was empty until some time after 4pm. Also, there is another set of people here. Judging by the age of some of the vehicles and looking at the people, I’d say there are some that are just down on their luck.
Anyway, it’s working out to be perfect for us right now. I assume we will leave on Monday, but who knows?