Day Three in Pendleton, Oregon
My husband and I share a couple of pretty substantial values when it comes to travel and business. Rule Numer One is to leave a place where we stay better than how we found it. Whether that’s financially, structurally or intellectually – we try and do our best.
Add to that our desire to help small and micro local businesses, and it creates the perfect marriage of travel and pleasure – as it has today. We have found a quaint and friendly motel with very reasonable weekly rates (better than rent at home!) The only downside was their internet speed – think dialup days – and that’s one thing that is imperative we have! Fast & reliable internet connections.
The hotel owners and staff have already been super accommodating – “we don’t charge extra for the wife or dog”, letting us use various spaces for work, chatted us up about all things local, and my room resembles something I’d have for a master bedroom at home. Now they have gone one step further and allowed my husband into their ‘business’ world to help them out. Their router is 10+ years old., unsecured and not setup correctly, their internet provider is definitely not giving them the best they could, and it’s just not their thing in terms of understanding or fixing – which is perfectly fine – we all have our strengths. Hubby and I are just great geeks and get all exciting if you let us upgrade your equipment, clean out or off your computer, add RAM, build you a website, etc., etc.
Additionally, the motel’s website is down, which isn’t the best for business when you have your URL listed all over the place; we’ll be helping them out with that as well!
In the end, we have made another business relationship that will likely last. If nothing else, it’s always nice to know you can recommend a place to friends and family with confidence, knowing what they can expect to experience. And when they are able to pop open their laptop to check email or watch a movie, they can think of us while they enjoy free, fast and secure WiFi.