After three days of travel and meetings, I returned to my hotel room ready for some downtime. All I wanted was some peace and quiet so I could get a good night’s sleep.
[phone rings] Carl: Hello.
Hotel staff: Hello, Mr. Mendez. I’m calling to welcome you to our hotel. I hope you’re finding everything to your satisfaction.
Carl: Yes, yes. Everything’s fine. I just want to get some rest right now.
Hotel staff: Of course, Mr. Mendez. If there’s anything we can do for you, don’t hesitate to ask.
I hung up the phone and turned off the ringer. I didn’t want any more unsolicited phone calls. But then, there was a knock on the door.
Hotel staff: Hello, sir. I’m here to turn down your bed. May I come in?
Carl: I don’t need the bed turned down, thanks.
Before I closed the door, I put the do-not- disturb sign on my door. I wanted no more interruptions.
All of a sudden, a loud alarm went off. I opened my door and a hotel employee was explaining that there was a small fire in the kitchen and that the guests were being evacuated. We would have to leave the building immediately.
I left my hotel room and wondered if there was a vast conspiracy to rob me of my sleep or if I’m just the unluckiest guy in the world!