I found this week’s TWIDDER in prolific writer/researchers Brad & Sherry Steiger’s book, Real Encounters. (See pp. 305-307.) Broadcast journalist Joan shared with the Steigers her experience in a hotel-out-of-time . . . or . . . out of place. I think we’ll categorize this spacetime slip as an Alternate Reality account.
Joan traveled to the southwest for an interview, and hopefully, job with a large radio station. Since she was presently employed at a station in a smaller city nearly 200 miles from the possible new position, she asked her friend Elaine to accompany her on what would be an overnight trip.
They arrived in the city late in the evening without reservations. They’d just about decided to spend the night in a rundown motel they’d come across at the edge of town when they turned a corner and spotted a small, attractive motel right behind a drive-in eatery.
A quiet, white-haired night clerk gave them their room key and kindly wished them a good night’s sleep. The crisply clean room had two queen-sized beds; Joan recalls they had one of the most restful night’s sleep either one of the ladies had had in months.
Joan’s interview was at 8 a.m., so she and Elaine enjoyed doughnuts and coffee at the motel’s continental breakfast.
Joan got the job! On the way out of town, Joan and Elaine decided to drive past the motel one last time. Joan had paid cash for the room, but had neglected to get a receipt for this business trip.
“We drove around and around that corner again and again,” says Joan. “But there was NO motel to be seen! We knew it was directly behind this dairy drive-in, but now there was nothing but a vacant lot there. We thought we were going crazy. We stopped and asked people about the motel behind the Dairy Freeze, but no one knew what we were talking about. They definitely thought we were crazy.”
Joan has now been with the town’s radio station for 15 years, and still no sign of the motel where she and her good friend had such a lovely visit.