Cyberdog and I had decided to explore the hotel after the owner told us about the ghost sightings. One in particular caught our interest, apparently a little boy on a tricycle would ride into this mural of a mermaid. On our way down to the pool where the mural might have been we walked past an open door and out of my peripheral I see video games so of course a do a quick heel turn and dive right in. A step and a half in I see a dog sleeping under the video poker games to my left, a half eaten cake at my 2 o'clock and directly to my right an old man in a hospital bed! I'm thinking "What did I just get myself into!" So my immediate response was "Oops" and turn around to leave until I hear a someone say "Don't mind him," from somewhere in the room. "Ah! Where the hell is that coming from?" I thought to myself. As if an answer to my unspoken question this lady pokes her head around her computer screen with a cigarette in her hand. She gets up and immediately tells me she isn't supposed to be smoking in this room, and I tell her that we were just looking for the mural. This woman led us around the hotel showing us every mural, each one out of place due to a surprising amount of skill when the rest of the hotel had been a shrine to poor upkeep, out-of-date furnishings and a bar that you could not drink or smoke in.
The entire experience could have been a scene from a David Lynch movie, if only there had been a backwards-talking dwarf.
The very next night as we were drinking in our room an actor from the convention wandered in, asking us if we'd been to the hotel's arcade. Before we could answer he recounted every detail of our previous night's experience (with the exception of the mural tour) -- an experience which he had apparently just had for himself. Hearing the story from another mouth assured us we hadn't imagined the whole thing and that somewhere in Kentucky things actually are as weird as they were in Twin Peaks.
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