Friday, August 11, 2006

An Innkeeper's Comedy

While we have had many funny and unique experiences here at the Charlotte, Thursday, August 10th made the top 10 list of hysterics. Because the Charlotte has "period" sitting rooms (we don't know what period) and classic old furniture and odd decoration (props), we were asked by the Sierra Red Hats group if we would host a photo shoot for their 2007 calendar. (Think of the movie "Calendar Girls") I said yes, gave them a few dates to work with and swiftly forgot about it...naively thinking they would be self sufficient.

As luck would have it, interviews were scheduled this day for the Yosemite Chamber's new web design team, and at the Charlotte no less. Further, our housekeeping staff is all male, and one of them but a teenager. Our delivery trucks are all late...or rather, right on time for the ladies photo shoot and Bob, the dog, is more than a little confused by the commotion.

So here I am trying to talk techno-babel in the dining room with the Web Guys, with nearly dressed ladies of a certain age, a whole lot of purple and red boa feathers flitting about in the living room, Terri Metz click, click, clicking every sultry pose. The housekeeping staff is finding a plethora of reasons they MUST be in the photo zone. The phone is ringing off the wall from curious neighbors who want to know why our windows are all taped up with newspaper..... In the end I just put our billboard sign outside with a note that said: Nude Photo Shoot Today, Hotel reopens at 2:00.

We went to bed laughing on this day.


Dale Oakley said...

That sounded like a riot and a happy one at that!! Terri Metz is a very accomplished photographer and because of the wonderful ladies and such a wonderful photograher, your calendar will be a huge success.

Candice said...

Darn - too bad it was a nude shoot (haha) these ladies could have stopped by Perfectly Posh Boutique, Main Street Groveland for some SEXY lingerie for the photo shoot. Visit us anyway we have some great new clothes in! Thanks for sending people over for the Midnight Madness sale - it was a huge success.

Hotel Charlotte said...

Candice, you'll be open until 7 on Friday, September 15th? That is the night we are hoping the retailers will stay open late for the Poker Walk and to catch all the folks heading into the STCHs talk with Bob Madgic who wrote Shattered Air, the story about Yosemite, Half Dome and an electrical storm. I hope I can get away from the restaurant to catch that one!