This past weekend I travelled to Ashland, Oregon for the Shakespeare Festival. I headed south with an old friend of the family to see "A Mid Summer's Night Dream". We left late Friday night and finally hunkered in at a hotel near Roseberg, Or. The trip for the most part went well, but after driving long hours on little sleep my patience was wearing thin. The person I was with told me that I was stuck up because I did not want to stay at a Motel 6. Now I will admit that I am a bit of a hotel snob, but not without a valid reason. I made the mistake of booking a suite at the Days Inn, when a group of us travelled to Las Vegas for New Years Eve one year. Unfortunately, my idea of a suite and theirs was not the same. We had barely even entered the room before we were on the phone finding other lodging. It was quite the experience; dirty stains on the comforters and on the walls. Needless to say, cheap hotels do not give me that warm, welcome feeling that a more expensive hotel may give. I particularly like the ones who give you freshly homemade cookies upon your arrival, now that's what I call service.
Anyways, I loved the town of Ashland, and the play was great! The director added a modern flavor to the play that made it that much funnier. As Shakespeare can seem to be slightly daunting (boring) and difficult to follow, his interpretation allows you to decipher the monologues and keep track of the many dueling stroylines being played out.
All in All, the trip was fun. It just might be another five years before I do something like this again. It will take me that long just to recuperate.
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