The Lighter Side

Donald V. Mehus

As many of our readers travel a great deal, just as Norwegians have done ever since the days of the Vikings, they may be interested in a way I have come across when at the last minute you have found something in the way of hotels that is better or cheaper. Here is the way it works:

You go up to the hotel desk clerk and say in a slightly pleading voice: “It’s all right, isn’t it, if I bring my three dogs?”

When the hotel is not totally against dogs when in reasonable number, the clerk may ask you, “What kind of dogs?”

Then you say: “Two Saint Bernards and a German shepherd.”

If this does not have its premeditated effect, you add: “And I guess you won’t mind if I cook their food in the room, because, you see, they are all on a very special diet. I promise I will be careful not to scorch the walls.”

This one has never failed.

This article originally appeared in the Nov. 7, 2014, issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (800) 305-0271.

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