If you work in a business that has a need to buy things from suppliers — as we do at the Hood River Hotel — then occasionally those sellers of things to the hotel will “thank” us by giving us some nifty swag.
Typically, when stuff like that lands in the lap of management (i.e. the folks who write the checks), management pockets the tickets and treats itself.
Not here. Knowing how hard our housekeepers work to keep guest rooms sparkling clean, general manager Cathy Butterfield thought it would be cool to share those four luxury box tickets with four members of … the Hood River Hotel team.
Not all of them loyal Timbers fans, it should be noted. But soccer fans, all, and elated to join the high life, if only for a day.
“I’ve gone to Timbers games a lot of times,” says Elvia Miramontes, a three-year veteran of our housekeeping crew. “But being up there was a lot better.”
She says it was nice to be able to move around in the suite, get food and drinks, all included with the tickets.
She counts herself a devoted member of the Timbers Army. So it was disappointing to admit that, on Aug. 26, her beloved Timbers lost 3-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes.
Her friend, Maria Avalos, still counts herself a fan of the Chivas team from Guadalajara, Mexico (not its sister team, the Mexican-owned Chivas club based in Southern California). And Rogelio Hernandez, along with the ladies on the outing to Portland after only eight months in Hood River, still counts himself a Los Angeles Galaxy fan.
“I like soccer,” he says, dodging the questions of whether he might shift loyalties to the Timbers. “The suites were good. The people were so fun.”
Sure, he has some history with the Galaxy. But now that he’s in Timbers territory, all he needs is time to heal the wounds of misplaced loyalty.