John Marsden Writing Topic #449

Describe a motel experience you’ve had–humorously perhaps**

Bathurst (2003)

My dad was playing in a gold tournament in Bathurst, he and mum decided we should all go since we had never been to Bathurst before.

We stayed in a basic motel room–mum and dad in a queen bed with myself and my brother at the other side of the room in single beds. Dad’s snoring was really bad back then and I tried to block it out with my cassette player and headphones (yes I still used a cassette player in 2003, iPods and mp3 players wouldn’t become big for at least another three years), but the batteries could only last for so long. I tried to get some sleep in the bathroom, yes I was so desperate for sleep that I tried sleeping on a cold, hard bathroom floor over a warm, comfortable bed as there was separation and a door!

It didn’t help so I went back to bed and eventually drifted into a cranky and short sleep.

Over the last thirteen years, whenever we all went on holidays, we slept in separate rooms, not because of the snoring, although I certainly don’t miss it.



**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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