Out to dry

Usually there are far more blankets, pillows and pillowcases out there.

I LIVE NEXT to a sex motel. It’s not as bad as you might think. Actually, it’s great because it functions as 24-hour security.

The motel has just eight rooms. They sit above their individual carports with outer curtains so Nosy Parkers can’t even spot the vehicles. Gossip, you know.

It’s a pretty snazzy joint. Late in the construction almost 10 years ago, we crept into one of the rooms for a peek. The rearmost room even has a jacuzzi.

Here’s something odd though. At the back of the mostly two-story building is a third story, the laundry room. There are a number of washers, and an indoor clothesline.

But no dryers.

The clothesline is, by necessity, rather short. The sheets are dried there, but the blankets are not. They are spread out on the roof to air-dry, and air there is a’plenty.

Blankets are blown about quite a bit on the rain-stained roof. Pillows are out there too. You can spot one by a skylight.

This does not seem sanitary. I wonder if they sweep before tossing out blankets, pillowcases and pillows.

I also wonder why they didn’t install a lengthy clothesline on the roof. Maybe the owner thought it would look cheesy. Wouldn’t want a sex motel to look cheesy.

The human shadow you see is your photojournalist himself. The two tall shadows are the Hacienda chimneys. The Hacienda sits higher than the sex motel.

And the skinny shadow to the right is my WiFi antenna.

While up there, I snapped the photo below in the other direction. That’s how the area looked from the roof Friday morning. It was 42 degrees, blue skies and breezy.


If you click on the bottom shot, click again to enlarge it, you’ll spot a V-formation of white egrets at the top left.

8 thoughts on “Out to dry

  1. I’m thinking by the time you reach the room at a sex motel w your clandestine lover you really don’t care where the blankets dried.


    1. Bev: Perhaps you’re right. As for clandestine lovers, that isn’t always the case. These sorts of establishments, a long tradition in Mexico, don’t carry the off-color reputation they do above the border. Large families can make it difficult for mom and dad to get some alone time, and Hoteles de Paso fill a necessary social need.

      Or so I’m told.


  2. We stayed at one while driving through MX from the US. Had a dog with us. Handy to have the curtained garage so no one could observe sneaking the dog inside. Good bed, nice towels.


    1. Carole: They are quite popular with Gringo travelers. Motels as they are known above the Rio Bravo don’t really exist down here. And yes, these Hoteles de Paso, pass-by hotels, are usually very nice, plus very inexpensive. I’ve only stayed in one, and that was in Mexico City. My wife and I had a huge, nicely appointed room with a big jacuzzi. I forget what it cost, but it was ridiculously cheap.


        1. Ms. Bachelorette: You are not, by a long shot, the first to overlook the links I have on this page. I guess it’s because I have so many of them — to here, there, and everywhere that I ramble on in cyberspace.


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