Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ridiculous Hotel Sign


The Siesta Inn at 4787 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, Florida is a less than exciting hotel along the Trail just north of downtown. It looks rather downtrodden and consequently I would stay in it only if there was no other alternative available.

I've driven by the Siesta Inn every time I've traveled south on North Trail and each time before today I have meant to bring along my phone so I could take a picture of the hotel's ridiculous greeting sign.

Note on this sign that the Siesta Inn proudly claims to all who give a Cheney about such unimportant things, that real 'Merikuns own the hotel. The owners are probably part of the "English-is-the-only-language" crowd that watches Fixed News and listens to Rush Limbaugh. Notice also that visitors are welcome (as if local residents make up most of the hotel clientele?).

Most importantly notice that despite this likely being an English-is-the-only-language kind of place, visitors are greeted with the Spanish word "Abierto" which means "open."

I guess the hidden message here is that the owners want other real 'Merikuns staying here but we'll take your money also if you're a "Mexican" (which is what 99 percent of the redneck crowd calls anyone of Hispanic heritage or who has a Hispanic surname).

Just for the hell of it I think the next time I drive by the old Siesta Inn I'm going to confuse the owners and stop by. I obviously look like a real 'Merikun but I think I'll just ask for a room by speaking only in Spanish. I wonder if they'll still let me stay there?

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