As I sat on the front porch of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park this morning, I cannot help but overhear a telephone conversation that a woman is having about 20 feet from me. Like me, she is a guest at the hotel and it is 7.15 in the morning.
“Are you awake?” is her opening line to the person who answers the phone. Silly question really. However, I thought it was nice that she was probably calling her husband this early. I was wrong as it became clear she was talking to another guest in the hotel.
“What is your room like?” was the next question. “Mine overlooks the pool...”
“Were you cold in your room last night? I was and I had to close the window.....”
“Oh really, I woke up at 2am and I had a cramp in my foot. I thought about going and getting my medicine from my car but I didn’t want to wake anybody up and the walls in the hotel are so thin....”
“Oh, yes, I am sitting on the porch, but don’t come down here on my account....”
“Are there shops in the park, or is it just a park?.....”
The conversation carried on like this for about 20 minutes as I drank my coffee and ate my breakfast. It must be a female thing, talking on the phone with nothing more than chit-chat when the person you are talking to is in the same building as you.
Two guys would have just said “I’m downstairs. See you later”.
I am glad I am a man. Life is so much simpler.