After the success of the 2008 motel sleepover, there was much interest in doing it again. While fun was had, this motel sleepover had some properties of a sequel.
The 2009 sleepover benefited from preparations for 2008. The work of finding a location and setting expectations was done. However, the December date was more conflicted than 2008's November date. 2009's event also got started earlier, with the host and a few guests arriving the night before.
The stage was set: Stuffed animals were scattered liberally. A Simba's Pride comforter uppholstered the improvised fort. Then we went out to see some of the sights of Santa Cruz. The furries of the group excersized our hunting instincts at a local thrift shop. One cute cow stuffy barely escaped. We also visited a used bookstore.
We had diner at a noodle place. The food was inexpensive, and our parents would have washed our mouthes out if we said the restaurant's name too fast - Pho King.
After dinner, we walked around a bit, looking at Christmass lights. There was one house that had gone to the extreme. I suppose every town needs such a house.
Redurning to the motel, we changed into our jammies and got down to the serious business of goofing off. One guest brought some small, plastic Christmas trees, tinsil, etc., so we decorated the trees o take home. A fox got a halo. Then we settled in for a story and "How the Grinch Stole Christmass." (This was the real 1966 version, with Boris Karloff.)
The following morning came slowly. We enjoyed the motel's wafflemaker, new for 2009. For a while, we had the breakfastroom all to ourselves. This permitted an excellent reading of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Then, regrettably, we had to pack up.
Some in the group caught a movie matinee, chosen by the fox in attendance. As one might have guessed, it was "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." A fun movie by any measure, even if the wolf didn't get any lines.