The new-and-improved Unit Three has its first customer tonight — a Japanese guy who flew into Chicago, rented a car, and has been filming his way down Route 66 for the past month. He’s doing some kind of documentary about the road. He interviewed me for a half-hour or so and then spent a long time filming the office, his room, and some of the other rooms.

I hope he emphasizes the fact that the rooms are being renovated. Especially Unit Four, which is next on my to-do list. I refer to it as “The Jungle Room” because it hasn’t been renovated since the ’70s and is at least as tacky as anything Elvis ever did to Graceland.

My favorite part is the carpet, which is a vibrant indigo shag that looks like what you’d get if you skinned Cookie Monster and turned his pelt into a rug. The only way it could be any better would be if it were avocado green or harvest gold. Too bad it’s almost threadbare in places; if it were in better condition, I’d just add a waterbed, a disco ball, and some Bee Gees posters and market it as the Saturday Night Fever room.

— Sierra


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