Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Laughing With Lipton's

If a hotel says there's "no room today"
And I don't know where I'm going to stay
I wouldn't just wail in dark dismay:

I'd be complaining and threatening to call the management for lousing up my reservation. And then I might let the canary out of the cage and see what happens (he's cranky too, because he's been in that cage in the limo all day). I am One Fancy Dame and I cannot be expected to pack up my hat boxes and shuffle off to the Motel Six, can I? Indeed not.

Would I have a cup of Lipton's after all that? Maybe, because it is a "swell-tasting drink" that is guaranteed to make me less "jumpy and jittery." And if I was sipping it in the Penthouse Suite, that would make me laugh with Lipton's, definitely.

"And a round of your best birdseed for my little friend, my good man!"

[From Life, November 22, 1943.]

19 comments:

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

LOL, lipton tea...now with valium :)

Tracy

Barbara said...

Toss some whiskey in that tea, and you might not care that your room reservation was rescinded.

Eric said...

So... the tea will keep her from freezing to death because of the no shelter situation? Touche, Lipton, touche...

A. @ A Changing Life said...

Liptons certainly makes me laugh but not laugh it off. They're very fond of it in France but I haven't been able to adopt that particular enthusiasm. :)

Lidian said...

Tracy - Yum! ;)

Barbara - That sounds good, too.

Eric - I don't think they thought this out too far...

A. - I don't think anyone has, not in real life!

Bill said...

No room at the inn?
What a pinch you are in!
Drink tea until dark;
just sleep in the park.

Tori Lennox said...

I wonder what they added to that tea back then?

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

Oh deary me! If I'd just had my hotel reservation messed up the very last thing I'd drink would be Lipton tea!

There's a reason no one in the UK will touch that stuff with a bargepole!

Mind you, the sheer dismay at drinking a cup might make me forget all about the hotel reservation, so in that sense it'll have done it's job!

Shay said...

If someone told me to laugh it off with Lipton's he'd be wearing that birdcage.

Lidian said...

Bill - That is a lovely poem! And the lady will appreciate that advice, after she's had a few more cups of tea. :)

Tori - Anything they could find, apparently.

Richard - Twinings or PG Tips would have been much more bracing. And better! (Also Stash tea is really good, though not British - still would not make up for lack of hotel room though!)

Shay - LOL! Yes indeed. And he looks so - confused, too, doesn't he? That would be extra annoying, I think.

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

Yes, PG Tips or Twinings (or Yorkshire Tea) would all do very nicely!

Even so, I think that like you, I'd find it cold comfort for being booted out of my hotel room and left to fend for myself in a strange city!

Georgina said...

Wow, it's a good thing they underlined today, stay, and dismay in that ad, because that brilliant poetry might have gone sadly unnoticed. I guess sometimes the (m)admen do have to spell it out for our pretty little heads. - G

Grandy said...

Seriously? If my reservation were hosed, and I didn't have a place to stay...there better be something stronger in with that tea. Meet me at the bar! ;)

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

How is tea a good consolation prize to not having a room? People must have been suckers in the old days!

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Lidian said...

Richard - Yes, it wouldn't make up for anything.

Georgina - I know, they really were quite brilliant! ;)

Grandy - I'll see you there!

Heather - I believe they were.

MAFW - Ditto, and ditto!

Bad Housewife said...

I never knew Lipton Tea had so many fabulous ingredients!

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Amy said...

gosh I wish life was that simple, have a cup of tea and all the troubles go away...