This last week has been incredibly busy! I don’t think I’ve stopped working yet to start a new week, but “I’m loving” it. Saturday I taught an Intro to Defensive Pistol class (to everyone there, you guys rock!), Sunday during the day I played bass in the church band, and here I am writing this in a hotel room 400 miles from home so that I can be in New Mexico early tomorrow morning and back home by the time you are reading this.
In my craziness (this was an unscheduled trip) I didn’t pack everything I normally take. I got to the hotel late at night, so I didn’t get to drive around and look at the area like I would have like to (but I did stay here once last month, so that does help). I am also tired, so that makes it harder. I really just wanted to share a couple little tips about hotel rooms.
First, I like the second story (tonight I’m stuck on the first because it’s the only thing they have available). This is an outside hotel, which I don’t really mind. I prefer the second story because it’s harder to do a smash and grab, and it’s just easier for bad guys to victimize people on the first floor. Most bad guys are lazy, so that would put me out of harms way for (my guess) about 50% of the dirt bags out there. I don’t mind the second story because if worst comes to worst I can always spider drop/jump form the second story to get down. Anything higher and I may not make it without breaking something.
This is a little something I improvised in the room to help me if someone does try to come through the door while I’m sleeping. A cheap ironing board is about the noisiest thing on the planet. If the door opens it will fall and give me some warning. The table isn’t much of a doorstop. Normally I carry actual doorstops that I shove under the door. If nothing else, the table will ma
ke a good thing to trip over. None of this, including the dead bolt on the door, is going to stop someone from coming in. It’s there just to slow people down so I can wake up and address the problem. I also put the office chair in front of the window for the same reason.
I didn’t leave anything of value in my truck, it’s all in the room with me. If someone breaks into my truck while I’m away from home it sucks more then normal. I will have my clothing set up to go for the morning before I go to bed. My keys and all my important stuff are ready to go. If someone breaks in I won’t have time to put on jeans and boots, but if the fire alarm goes off, or there is a real fire, I can grab my stuff and go.
Stay Safe,Next time you are in a hotel look around and think about how you would handle someone trying to break into your room and what you would do if there was a fire and you had leave in a hurry.
PS I think I’m going to add a doorstop to my normal carry bag, just so I don’t forget.