LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS
It’s been quite a week around here. I am tempted to use this column to go on a rant about PEPCO, but I guess at this point that might be piling on. So let me make this one observation. You know the old expression “In life, timing is everything”? PEPCO is currently in the middle of petitioning for a rate hike. I am not kidding. What are the odds they’ll get it now? About the same as John Edwards making a political comeback, I’d say.
But enough about PEPCO. I’d like to salute a D.C. couple and a local hotel. Jason and Renee Meath were like many Washingtonians who lost their power on Friday, June 29th. After a sleepless, sweaty night they decided to make the most of the situation.
Renee called the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Washington. She asked if they had any rooms available. They said they did, and were even offering a special rate of $250 for locals who were affected by storm damage. Renee jumped at the offer.
The Jefferson let them check in at 7:50 am. Their room had a spectacular view of the White House and the Washington Monument. That evening they treated themselves to a gourmet three-course dinner and a good bottle of wine.
Jason wrote to me “Our stay allowed us to forget all about our power problems. The staff at the Jefferson were so accommodating that while others may have been cursing the city, we were falling in love with it all over again. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not letting PEPCO off the hook…it’s embarrassing that the nation’s capital is constantly hamstrung by the incompetence of the utilities. But in order to forget that for a while, I highly recommend a stay at the Jefferson.”
A tip of the cap to the Jefferson Hotel for stepping up to help out. They discounted their rates when they probably could have gouged.
And an additional hat tip to Jason and Renee for turning a potentially miserable weekend into a memorable one. Of course not every family can afford a remedy like the Meaths found, but making life’s lemons into lemonade, whatever way we can, is a Core Value.