Having arrived in Delta in the afternoon of Tuesday the 3 of March we basically just had time to check in to the Budget Motel where we had been recommended to stay by our polish colleague. This, and the fact that it was about 30 dollars cheaper per night than the other hotel I had been told we would be staying at (when applying for the visa waiver) should have given some indication as to the quality to expect…
However, surprisingly enough, the rooms were more than ok. I only have two bad things to say about the place. First, but I think this is common all over America, is the overuse of synthetic smells. Entering the lobby I was almost worried I would pass out from the intense artificial smell. Although, it was not as bad in the room. The second thing was the breakfast, or rather “breakfast”. It was served between 6:30 and 9. Which was convenient for us since we came back from a nights work at about 6:30-7. So we could have breakfast and then go to bed. However… I am not a big drinker of coffee and unless I have lots of milk in it I think it tastes very bitter. Although I can drink it black. Again, however… The black gooey substance which they tried to pass off for coffee was totally and utterly vial. Completely undrinkable. Matter of fact, I’m not sure that it actually was coffee, needless to say, I didn’t drink more than that first zip during the first breakfast.

After having stayed at the motel for a few days I realise I have something which looks like a bullet hole in my outer (plastic) window. The hole is funnel shaped with the small opening on the outer side and the large opening on the inside.
Now, to be clear, between me and the plastic plate with the bullet(?) hole in it, there was a glass window which did not have a hole in it. So this was not new since I arrived at least. I mean, you never know what some religious zealots can do to scientists (being in Mormon country)…