Chapter 34 - Day 1: Checking In

(5:58pm, June 10, 2006)

"And here we are, Possible folks!" James exclaimed as he pulled the Platypus onto the I-25/I-80 cloverleaf. "The Cheyenne Motor Inn!"

The Cheyenne Motor Inn had 480 rooms which were divided into 12 two-story interior-corridor buildings with 40 rooms each that were connected by a series of breezeways that usually get heated during winter weather. The entire building was shaped like a weird-looking W. Each of the rooms had either a queen, king, or two double beds, a 35" TV, free wireless internet, an alarm clock/radio, a coffeemaker, a safe, air conditioning, a bath/shower combo, a sink and toilet and a closet. All of the buildings were names for counties of the state. Buildings 1 thru 6, named Albany, Sheridan, Natrona, Sweetwater, Teton, and Park respectively, were on the eastern side of the property. Buildings 7 thru 12, named Laramie, Campbell, Fremont, Uinta, Carbon, and Goshen respectively, were on the western side of the property. There was the main house inbetween the Park and Laramie buildings which contained the front registration area, the Cowboy Gift Shop that is filled with Wyoming-related souveniers along with quick food and beverages, a business center with five computers and three printers, a total of 17 meeting rooms, plus a ballroom, that can cover up to 80,000 square feet. In terms of eateries on the premises, the Buffalo Bill Restaurant was a steakhouse/buffet restaurant that was open from 6am to 10pm, Mondays thru Thursdays, 6am to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7am to 9pm on Sundays. There was also the Yellowstone Coffee Shop and a 200-seat Grand Teton Food Court containing a Pizza Planet Express, Mr. Slushy Dawg, Cow N' Chow, and a Bueno Nacho Express. For alcoholic beverages, there were three bars in the hotel: the Boilermaker Lounge, the Poolside Bar, and the Old Faithful Bar and Nightclub that was next to the Buffalo Bill Restaurant. The latter not only has live entertainment but also a karaoke bar as well. Three swimming pools (two indoor and one outdoor) and two saunas, a fitness center, a full-service spa, a beauty salon, a playground, two tennis courts, a volleyball court and a basketball court rounded out the amenities.

And most importantly, the hotel was pet-friendly, given that the pet weighed 45 pounds or less.

The Platypus parked under the awning of the Main House.

"Do you have the reservations, dear?" Ann asked.

"Don't worry, cinnamon roll..." James smiled, holding a folded-up piece of paper, "I got them right here!"

"Okay, can you be back with the keycards? We would probably need a total of five rooms." Ann suggested.

"Honey, I'll be back before you can say vertical launch vectors!" James chuckled, inserting a bit of his rocket-science-based humor. He got out of the van with the paper containing the reservations for the rooms.

James entered into the lobby and came up to the front desk.

"May I help you, sir?" the front desk lady asked.

"Yes, ma'am. I am James Possible and I am here for the five-room reservation for tonight before we head back on the road on the 11th." James replied upon presenting the paper. "Do you have anything available?"

"We do, Mr. Possible!" the front desk lady replied while typing on the computer. "We have a series of five rooms available on the second floor of the Albany building for your family."

She gave James five keycards.

"They are for rooms 1-214 through 1-218." the lady added, "Just follow the signs to where the rooms are."

"Thank you!" James grinned as he headed out the lobby.

He returned to the Platypus.

"I have the keys!" the patriarch exclaimed. "Now, I'm going to park the car and we'll get out our luggage!"

"Sounds like a good plan to me!" Ann agreed.

James then began to search for an empty parking space in the lot. To his dismay, the spaces were all full.

"Rats! I'll have to try building 2's lot!"

And so, James drove the Platypus through the parking lots of buildings two, three, four, five. But all of those lots were filled as well.

"Blasted rocket engines! We can't be late for dinner!" the patriarch exclaimed. "I ordered dinner reservations for the restaurant at 7:30pm!"

"Dad, don't fret! It's only going to be an hour!" Kim insisted, "All we gotta do is clean up a little!"

"Easier said than done, Kimmie-cub. The lot is full!" James exclaimed.

"Wait! I see a spot!" Ann shouted, pointing to an empty spot in the lot of building six.

"Yes! Now let's park the Platypus in nice and gently!" James insisted. He slowly parked the van into the spot, carefully avoiding to hit any cars.

Once he finally parked the van, he put it in park and turned off the engine.

"Alright, everyone. We got good news and bad news." James said to the other occupants of the Platypus, "The good news is that we finally found our spot."

"Woo-hoo!" Ron exclaimed, "I know that you are in da zone, MrDrP!"

James then intervened, "But the bad news is that we parked in the very rear lot of the hotel and our rooms are way back in building one."

"Aww...man!" Ron complained.

"Ugh...so the drama!" Kim sighed.

"I hope everyone brought comfortable shoes!" James said, "It's gonna be a long hike between here and the van."

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(6 Minues Later)

The entire family was out of breath after having to go through five hotel buildings just to get back to the one they intended to stay, the Albany building, complete with their luggage.

Ron completely collapsed on the floor.

"Just...wait...a...moment...to...collect...myself..."

"It feels like I've walked up Mt. Everest..." Kim whined.

"Was that with or without sherpas, KP?" Ron wondered.

"Now, let's get everything upstairs via the magic of the elevator!" James said before noticing a sign on the elevator in building one.

It said:

NOTICE: ELEVATOR IS TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE

PLEASE USE THE STAIRS

WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE

This resulted in a loud collective groan from the Possible party.

So, the Possible family, plus Larry, Ron and Rufus, were all forced to roll up their luggage up the stairs to the second floor of the Albany building.

The party finallly made it to the group of rooms that they intended to stay.

Kim then spoke up.

"Heya, Dad?"

"Yes, Kimmie-cub?"

"Do you know the room arrangements for all of us?" Kim asked.

"Ah, right. I almost forgot about that on our long...walk...through the hallways." James said while taking out the keycards. "Room 1-214 is going to go to Jim and Tim. Room 1-215 is going to Kimberly. Room 1-216 will be for me and Ann. Room 1-217 is for Ronald, and Room 1-218 is for Larry."

"Um, Dad? Why are you putting me and Ron in different rooms?" Kim asked.

"About that, Kimmie-cub. It's to prevent any...you know...'inappropriate activities'."

"Dad, we're 17 now! We'll totally be on our best behavior!" Kim grinned, "So not the drama!"

"That's my girl!" James grinned. "Now everyone, we meet back here in the hallway in

Everyone took their respective room key cards and the group all got into their rooms.

Kim looked at her room and it was a single queen bed alongside with the other aforementioned amenities.

"Ehh, it's not the worst hotel I've stayed at on vacation before." she said as the Kimmunicator beeped. Something else also crept into her mind.

"Hey, Wade, what's the sitch back in Middleton?" Kim asked her famous phrase.

"Not much has happened." Wade replied, "Everything seems to be quiet over at your house."

"That's good at least. But what about that top-secret classified military black box thing I have in my suitcase that I need to transfer to that military base on the 18th?" Kim wondered, looking at her backpack.

"I guess we can contact Genreal Hux for more info on the transfer when the day approaches." Kim suggested.

"Yeah, but whatever it is, I think it would be a liklely target for Drakken if it is top-secret." Wade said.

"Knowing how Drakken is about these things, I wouldn't be surprised." Kim muttered.