Back in the late 90s, in my late 20s, I was taking my last business trip out to California before I left my current job. I was to meet up with our VP of Sales, Bob who had been my friend and mentor for the last seven years. We were meeting with a series of companies headquartered in So Cal and capping it off with a sweet
Day one, I started off on the right foot by missing my early flight from Boston to LAX but managed to catch the next one -- with an upgrade to Business Class! After meeting up at the Marriott, Bob and I decided to go to Gladstone's on Sunset for dinner. I had a glass of wine while we waited for our table and two more with dinner. Upon our return to the hotel, we decided to hang in the cigar bar at the hotel (I mentioned it was the late 90s, right?) and ended up playing chess over another drink.
As I reached for my knight to make what I'm sure would have been a killer move, I inadvertently took out most of the chess pieces. Bob righted the board, suggested perhaps we should turn in, and walked me to the elevators. Apparently, all day travel + four glasses of wine + one meal in 24-hours for a 120-pound, 27-year-old woman was a bad combination.
Entering my hotel room, I took off my clothes, headed straight to the bathroom, (ahem) purged, and took a short nap. Upon waking, I left the bathroom and walked...immediately...into...the...hotel corridor. Naturally, the door locked behind me. And there I stood; mostly asleep, still drunk, smelling not great, and wearing a t-shirt that barely covered the important parts - trying to formulate a plan.
- Appearing on Bob's doorstep in such a state was probably not such a good idea.
- Taking the elevator down to the lobby also held little appeal.
- Plan C? Anyone? Bueller?
Just then, the door next to mine opened and a man appeared. Awesome. He took stock, reached the correct conclusion that I'd locked myself out, and generously offered to call Security. He then asked if I'd like to wait in his room until they showed. Dude, I'm drunk but not stupid. Before I could formulate a less-rude reply, he said "correction, would you like to wait in my room with my sister and 14 month old niece?". Oh. Well then. That's a horse of a different color.
I enter his hotel room where his adorable niece is standing up in her Pack n Play clearly not ready to sleep. I proceed to lean my make-up-smeared face over her, using my best auntie skillz while trying not to expose myself or breathe vomit/sleep breath on her. Soon enough (probably not so for this family), Security arrived and I was let back into my hotel room to contemplate where one would find an AA meeting in the middle of the night in LA.
The next day at a breakfast meeting, God exacted His revenge by seating me next to a client who ordered sausage biscuits and gravy.