“Oh, we would have been here sooner, but that beltway traffic was incredible! I couldn’t believe it! It’s not even rush hour! I mean, it was really packed! It was hardly moving! And then, there was a sign that said “gas and food”. So we get off, and there’s ONE gas station and the food IS IN THE MALL!! I was going to call but then traffic did start moving, but before that, it was just stop and go, stop and go…” (and repeat 2-3x at least - oh, traffic was so bad, oh, they couldn’t find any food off the highway…)
“Yeah, we went downtown, but my contact came out of my eye (follows much detail about the lost and found contact) and we got to Archives and it closed 2 minutes before we got there! So that was a total waste! (I had recommended, strongly, a closer museum that was open much later) and there were no bathrooms!! Everything was closed!!! (Uh, except the bathroom I recommended, in a lively area with lots of places to eat). We couldn’t belive it! Once the museums closed, there was no bathroom anywhere!! The only good thing in the whole experience was the metro ride!!” (and they didn’t take the little bus to see the monuments, or walk two blocks to the area I recommended because?) and follows is much more about the contact, things closing, and the lack of bathrooms
“Would it be rude for me to ask that your son come upstairs while we are resting? He keeps running up and down the stairs…” (Maybe twice. Not ‘can he turn the volume on his game down’ or anything like that. Stupidly I said ‘sure’ because at first I thought he was asking if HIS son could come upstairs…I was in the middle of an all-day project and not really attentive.
Ah! I’ll just think of the lovely YOUNG three people from Poland who were so nice, polite, and left the place spotless, with a gem of a review…