Ridiculoulsy overpriced oatmeal

27 Jul

The funny things we remember. At dinner tonight, the kids were reminiscing about some of the Google offices they got to visit with me and some of the incredible accommodations such as the game rooms (pool table, ping ping, PS/3, etc.), the 5-star chefs in the cafeterias, the fresh orange juice squeezer, coffee bar with espresso machines and every conceivable additive, etc. That led to a general discussion of fun places we’d visited, which included the Denver Hyatt on a Priceline promotion a few years back. Daniel remembered it had a really cool pool on one of the higher floors. I remembered they wanted $28 for parking at the hotel, which was almost as much as we paid for the room on Priceline. “Dad, you remember that exact amount?” “Yeah, actually, I do.” (And if I’m not mistaken, I parked outside the hotel for $24 just on the principle of the thing since Priceline didn’t mention that in the deal). I was beginning to feel badly that I didn’t remember the pool, only the price, but I *am* a numbers guy, after all. Then Anna chimed in that she remembered me complaining about the “ridiculously overpriced oatmeal” at the hotel restaurant. Thankfully, I can’t remember that amount, but the kids are pretty sure it was $9, which is, indeed, ridiculously overpriced.

There is absolutely no point to all of this, but I hope you enjoyed it, anyway.

6 Responses to “Ridiculoulsy overpriced oatmeal”

  1. Judy Chandler July 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    You are definitely related to your Grandpa Bill and your father! It’s all about those numbers!! I like Daniel’s memory 🙂

  2. georgiajammy July 27, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Hahaha! Good story, as always!

  3. Peter L July 28, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    Yes, some hotels have overpriced anything. $9 for breakfast? Really? As for the parking, we stayed at a hotel whose parking lot was owned by the city, so we had to pay $7/night to park. I mentioned it to the clerk and he said even the employees had to pay to park. So maybe it was the same for you.

  4. Josiah Lewis July 28, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    The big question this raises for me is, how much does oatmeal cost in Arequipa?

    • David Chandler July 28, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Joben, at the grocery store or American chains (Starbucks), it’s comparable to the States. However, what you buy in the grocery store here is much finer ground and therefore mushier. We’ve found the bigger oats at nutrition / organic stores, but it’s quite expensive, something like $3.60 for 500 grams, as I recall. If I figure the per meal price, it’s probably still worth it, though. Things to bring from the States…

  5. michael CHANDLER July 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    The oatmeal at Mickey’s is $1.98 US dollars.  Good, too! We don’t offen forget when we have been scammed.

    Love,   Dad

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