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Is it the Bates Motel…

bates-motel-tv-show_0or the Hotel California, where you check in, but you don’t check out?  (Roach Motel?)

In another lifetime, I was working as a security guard, and sometime private investigator.  My company would draft me for undercover assignments, which got me out of the guard thing for a while.  I didn’t mind being drafted.

On one of these occasions, I was sent to a small town in the mountains North of Phoenix.  Worked undercover in a variety store as a management ‘trainee’ whose real function was to spy on all the employees and management.  Great stuff!

In such a position, I was quite concerned about my safety.  If something untoward was going on, I didn’t want to get ‘made’ and ratted out, or worse.  So, I carried a gun.  Sadly, I’d sold my handguns for rent money (AGAIN – I was young, this was the 70s – sigh) and the only firearm I owned was my Ithaca DSPS Model 37 police pump.  Not exactly concealable on-the-person.

Ithaca Model 37

So I toted her from under the motel bed into my car and back using my Dad’s weather-beaten trench coat as a gun rug!  Sadly, she had to stay in the car while I was working.

And the motel was on the main drag through town; single-story, L-shaped, rough hewn, not unlike a(n) (in)famous motel of Hitchcock movie fame.  I remember Triple A rating it, but not excellent.  And I was so stoked not being a guard and doing undercover work, I’d wind down after my 12 hour shift with pizza and beer, while writing my daily report (dropped in the mailbox the next morning en route to work – this was WAY before the Internet!).  Then I’d watch some late night movie on the 13″ B&W TV supplied in the room.

The first night the movie was In Cold Blood.

Not exactly restful slumber.  But, I did this for a couple weeks, didn’t find any opium dens in the back room of the store, or mob-related activity, and returned home.  Back to the guard stuff.  Sigh.

But, I never looked behind the motel to see if there was a swamp containing cars.  Guess I’ll never know…


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “Is it the Bates Motel…

  1. Just remember what they say: the best gunfight is the one you never have. It does sound all Sam Spade-ish, but reality rarely matches fiction. Of course, you were probably hoping to meet Janet Leigh… :^)

    Posted by Rev. Paul | March 4, 2013, 7:46 am
  2. LOL, such stuff is NOT necessarily fun…

    Posted by Old NFO | March 4, 2013, 1:55 pm
  3. A tangent bit of trivia – the set of the Bates house was used as the set of “The Munsters”.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | March 5, 2013, 6:50 am
    • Very cool! I was visiting Universal Studios when the tram drove passed the newly re-constructed exterior house for Psycho II. Janet Leigh was visiting the studio and opted to sit on the front steps and wave to us!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | March 5, 2013, 7:37 am

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