Monday, September 21, 2009

Who writes this stuff?

On a recent stay in a motel room I noticed this kind offer, on the flimsy piece of paper towel lining the plastic tray holding a small coffee maker.

I used to think it would be fulfilling to make a living with my writing. And for many writers, it probably is. On the other hand, there are people out there who have to spend their working hours thinking up copy like this.

Oh - the pre-measured pouches of coffee that went in the coffee-maker? The packages they came in proudly proclaimed they were "Handcrafted in the Old World Tradition."

Is there an Old World Tradition I'm not aware of, for enclosing two tablespoons of coffee in paper? And do you really think someone did it by hand?


cactus petunia said...

I'm surprised it wasn't spelled "Olde World Tradition"... and I'm SURE it was packaged by hand in a tiny shop in an alley somewhere by a little old man who learned the trade from his father, who learned it from HIS father, and so on!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I got one of those towels from the Comfort Inn in Grants, N.M. I don't remember if I used it for anything, but I did put it in the car.

But I love those little coffee pouches, as the coffee in the lobby is always way too weak to the point where it just tastes bad to me.

If you use the coffee pouch and just 3 or even 2 1/2 cups of water, it turns out pretty tasty.

mo.stoneskin said...

Fantastic, of course there was, otherwise I'll sue them...

...there is also a hand-crafted Old World (is that the Old World we speak of with wine, or maybe the ancient Egyptian world, or the times of Noah?) tradition of guest towels, didn't you know that?

Gilly said...

No, no tradition of coffee pouches here in the UK! Hotel rooms come equipped with nasty little stick-shaped what nots (pouches is far too generous a word for them!) with about half a teaspoon of instant coffee in. You need about three for a drinkable cup. And sugar in a similar stick. Tea at least comes in a decent teabag, which can be properly 'mashed' by being bashed and pressed with a teaspoon.

Never seen guest towels with messages on!!

But I did once go to a lovely hotel in the Lake District, which had the HUGEST spider in the en suite bath! My daughter dispatched it for me!

Tristan Robin said...

I would love it if they simply wrote "Here's your all purpose rag. Use it up and throw it out. It has no intrinsic value."

Woman in a Window said...

HA! I love it! Someone who is very bored wrote that. I can see myself writing that, trying to come with something, anything of interest.

BrightenedBoy said...

That kind of pretension only underscores the squalidness and impersonality of the product. It would be better if they were just honest about it.