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Friday, December 25, 2009

Best line so far here in the UK

My flight landed well after 11:00 PM on Xmas eve at Heathrow.  By the time I'd gotten my bag and made my way to the nearby hotel, it was well after midnight.  Luckily I'd told them when making my reservation that I would need a late check in.

Or so I thought.

When I arrived at the front desk, the West Indian looking (and sounding) gentleman behind the counter seemed to have some trouble locating my reservation... and they were all booked up.  I watched him poking around in his computer for a minute or two and then spoke up:

Me:  "I hope there's no trouble with my reservation, I can't imagine trying to find a room at this hour.

Desk Clerk [after glancing meaningfully over the top of his glasses at my kippah]:  "Don't worry sir, if there's one thing the hospitality industry has learned in the last 2000 years it is to never turn a Jew away on Xmas eve".

We both had a laugh about that, and within a few seconds he'd located my reservation (under 'Vogner') and sent me on my way to a small, but very clean and comfortable room.

You have to admire a guy who can come up with a line like that without the slightest hesitation.  Me?  I would have thought of it on the stairs.  :-)

Shabbat Shalom from Warwick University in beautiful Coventry.

Posted by David Bogner on December 25, 2009 | Permalink


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really funny! Snortle-worthy in fact. Enjoy your time in Old Blighty! Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: Hadassah | Dec 25, 2009 4:45:57 PM

That's awesome! A classic.

You're response should have been "Good, my pregnant mistress is outside in the cab". :-)

Posted by: Mark | Dec 25, 2009 4:56:53 PM


Posted by: G6 | Dec 25, 2009 7:05:31 PM

WOW..that is so cool. I like your sense of humor.

Posted by: Mickey | Dec 25, 2009 7:13:20 PM

This may be hard to top for a few days... and yet, I hope it is topped many times, for your enjoyment's sake. As for the desk clerk: give him my regards. ;o/

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Dec 25, 2009 8:17:25 PM

Very cute! Glad you've arrived safe and sound... have a great time!

Posted by: val | Dec 25, 2009 8:29:24 PM

Were that Bethlehem was so hospitable these days.

Posted by: Bob | Dec 25, 2009 11:05:17 PM

Somebody needs to send that guy a plaque or a certificate! That's an absolutely perfect statement for showing an expected positive outcome and inducing a little relaxing levity. Of course, had I received such a statement, they'd have no need for the room because I'd have ended up in the hospital from uncontrollable mirth.


Posted by: mostly cajun | Dec 26, 2009 6:59:03 PM

Very funny line.

Oh, and I believe you're the first person in history to use the phrase "beautiful Coventry".

Posted by: Andy Levy-Stevenson | Dec 26, 2009 7:02:03 PM

That IS a good one! Thanks.

Posted by: Debbie | Dec 26, 2009 8:29:36 PM

I just collapsed. Warn us next time.

I tried an early morning check in at the Coome Abbey hotel just up the road with poorer results.

Posted by: Poker Player | Dec 26, 2009 10:05:20 PM

Great line indeed!

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Dec 26, 2009 10:44:27 PM


Posted by: uberimma | Dec 27, 2009 5:35:29 AM

Bwahahhhhaaahhhhhaaaaa! :-)

@Mark: Trust me, the comedic value of such a retort would have caused many more problems than they were worth!

Posted by: zahava | Dec 27, 2009 12:38:15 PM

whoops... meant to say: the comedic value of a such a retort would not have been worth the many problems resulting from such a retort.

Posted by: zahava | Dec 27, 2009 12:39:56 PM

You're linked. This is just too good to pass up.

Posted by: Shira Salamone | Dec 31, 2009 7:14:57 PM

Loved, loved, loved it!

Posted by: Lioness | Jan 18, 2010 1:56:07 PM

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