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by Abigail Van Buren

Brother-in-Law's Hug Too Close for Teen's Comfort

DEAR ABBY: We got a good chuckle out of "Very Disappointed" who spent her wedding night on a fold-out couch in a fancy hotel. Your advice to double-check reservations was very good, but it doesn't always work. Here's our story:

We had arranged the "honeymoon package" at the then brand-new Hilton in Erie, Pa. We arrived late on our wedding night and were warmly welcomed at the front desk. When we got to our room, we found the promised bottle of champagne and a very lovely large room -- but no bed! It seems one of the couches was a fold-out bed with one pillow and a set of sheets (no blanket)! When we telephoned downstairs, we were informed that the hotel was full and "housekeeping" was closed for the night, so we were out of luck.

When we folded out the bed and sat on it -- it collapsed!

But what the heck? We've had many laughs over that story through the years. We've often said that a couple without a sense of humor could have broken up over such a series of incidents. Let's hope the honeymoon couple in that classy Dallas hotel survived their disappointment.

As for us, 13 years later, we're ... STILL LAUGHING IN GRASS VALLEY, CALIF.