Silly story about Council Bluffs, Iowa

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    Sep 10, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    I've just written a reply in another thread where I mentioned Council Bluffs, Iowa, and thought I'd share a silly little anecdote about that city, of which I was also reminded.

    My new partner and I were driving up I-29 to our new home some years ago, and stopped overnight in Council Bluffs. Our reservation was for a handicapped room, which both of us needed. All they had left was a single queen-sized bed, which was fine with us.

    My partner was doing the check-in, me standing alongside. The clerk checked her reservations screen, and referring to him in terms of the room we had, she said:

    "Ah, yes, here it is. You're the non-smoking, handicapped queen."

    I almost choked, and fled from the counter to around the corner hallway to laugh my guts out, leaving my poor partner to deal with her on his own. Such a coward! A few moments later I composed myself, and rejoined him.

    But then the clerk noticed my partner's wedding ring, which had 6 stones in the colors of the gay rainbow.

    "Oh, what a lovely birthstone ring you have! You have 6 children, and all born on different months!"

    I fled around the corner again, in worse shape than before. Once more, I finally gained control of myself and returned to the desk.

    "Oh!" she said, now noticing my own matching rainbow ring as I stood back at the desk, "You have 6 children, too!"

    I totally collapsed, blurting out that I was going to the car for our things, and didn't return to the counter again. She was a lovely, well-meaning lady, but as clueless as they come. Whenever I hear Council Bluffs, I remember that incident. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 10, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    Haha... not my choice of wedding rings, but hilarious nonetheless. Six kids though, and a single bed, she didnt think that was wierd?
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    Sep 11, 2009 12:26 AM GMT
    Funny, for us here in Eastern Nebraska when we hear Council Bluffs we think: "Oh, the bars are open till two... after hours!"
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    Sep 11, 2009 1:06 AM GMT
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    Sep 11, 2009 4:41 AM GMT
    Truly laughed out loud! I would have stood there speechless and totally red!
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    Sep 11, 2009 10:09 AM GMT
    KyleAD saidHaha... not my choice of wedding rings, but hilarious nonetheless. Six kids though, and a single bed, she didnt think that was wierd?

    Yeah, I know, and BOTH of us with 6 kids, all born on the same 6 months, identical matching rings, these 2 adult men sleeping in the same queen-sized bed. DUH! But maybe that's normal in Council Bluffs. LOL!
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    Sep 11, 2009 10:32 AM GMT
    antelope saidTruly laughed out loud! I would have stood there speechless and totally red!

    Well, my poor partner was stuck there checking in, while I got to cowardly run away. I told him afterwards that if I'd stayed and giggled or laughed he'd have been more likely to start losing it himself. Nevertheless, he was the one who had to stand there with a straight face.

    We howled about it in our room, and it became one of our favorite stories we loved to tell. In fact, I still do, as evidenced here, though he's been dead for 5 years now.
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    Sep 11, 2009 11:12 AM GMT
    That's just hilarious! Thanks for sharing, RV.
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    Sep 11, 2009 11:23 AM GMT
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    antelope saidTruly laughed out loud! I would have stood there speechless and totally red!

    Well, my poor partner was stuck there checking in, while I got to cowardly run away. I told him afterwards that if I'd stayed and giggled or laughed he'd have been more likely to start losing it himself. Nevertheless, he was the one who had to stand there with a straight face.

    We howled about it in our room, and it became one of our favorite stories we loved to tell. In fact, I still do, as evidenced here, though he's been dead for 5 years now.


    awwwwww. nice one, vesp.
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    Sep 11, 2009 12:35 PM GMT
    Funny story, Tom..... I'm sure I would have laughed myself to the point
    the woman would have thought I was pretty odd.....

    So was the overnight experience a good one? LOL

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    Sep 11, 2009 12:52 PM GMT
    That was hilarious! Thanks for sharing... good laugh first thing in the morning.
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    Sep 12, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidFunny story, Tom..... I'm sure I would have laughed myself to the point the woman would have thought I was pretty odd.....

    So was the overnight experience a good one? LOL

    Actually, NO. The motel itself was just fine, in fact I've stayed there several times during solo motorcycle trips through there, too. It's right off I-29 and only a few minutes from downtown Omaha, where the great gay club called The Max is located. My partner & I went there later that night and he enjoyed it very much.

    The problem was next morning, when we found a car tire half-flat. Not vandalism, just an ordinary road puncture we later had repaired at our destination. But for the short term we went over to a nearby truck stop and got a can of aerosol tire inflator & sealant, which took us the last 500 miles of our trip OK.
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:36 AM GMT
    Very funny ! icon_biggrin.gif