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72-dollar-nap

Seventy two dollars. I could hardly believe I was signing that damned receipt even as I did it.

For a nap.

Yes, my friends. $72.16 for… a nap.

Minutes later, as we walked into the sleaziest, most rank, disgusting motel room that Fort Lauderdale had to offer us, I knew just how out of control things had gotten.

And strangely enough, I also knew just how that cockroach-infested, poop-encrusted, grime-covered room was the first good decision we had made since our series of bad choices leading to that moment.

It all started several weeks ago when my good friend Lilly and I decided to take our boys on a vacation together this year. Do you remember when I told you I was booking ridiculous airfare on Frontier Airlines? Yeah. That was for this vacation. And we had this genius idea while we did it.

Let’s fly in the middle of the night so that the boys can sleep and be up and at ‘em and ready for the most crazy fun adventure of their lives! Yay! Fun for the kids!

Also…

Let’s fly in the middle of the night so that we can save a day of hotel fees since we have to load the cruise ship at 11 AM. Yay! Save money!

Also…

Let’s fly in the middle of the night so that…

I don’t know. We didn’t have a third reason. But I thought if I could think of one I’d feel less stupid for our “middle of the night” idea. The dumbest idea ever. Yay! Fun for stupid people!

Here is what I didn’t account for as I got on board with that idea…

I didn’t account for the fact that I would have an aisle seat, next to my child in the middle seat, who would be parked to a very grumpy man in his window seat who hates everything about children.

I didn’t account for the fact that he would get all antsy and annoyed and huffy any time my child touched him. Which would have been often if…

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!