DC & Int'l Officers Clubs For Trysting Politicians
DC & Int'l Officers Clubs For Trysting Politicians & Military
By Suzan Mazur
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The [Bachelor Officers Quarters, Annapolis, MD] BOQ has had many distinguished visitors as guests including the President, Vice-President, Secretary of the Navy, and numerous Congressmen and Ambassadors.
The current sex scandal involving former Congressman Mark Foley (Rep.-FL)begs the question: Just where do Washington politicians and US military seeking private trysting spots -- free of pesky media and routine security questions -- continue to find them? Why, the "O" Clubs, of course -- the Officers' Clubs of the US military. There are several in and around Washington, DC and at least 150 worldwide. Headquarters for Morale, Welfare & Recreation
They're cheap as well as cozy, with features like screened windows with rotating ceiling fans, so perfect on a sultry night on the Potomac, and even a special jewelry drawer for your Rolex and Tiffany cufflinks.
Some suites are as little as $25 a night. Rates (partial list) Navy Lodge
The only stipulation is that you be an active or retired military officer .
Retired military officer? - that includes a good slice of Congress. (Reservations are sometimes, somehow also made for friends of officers.)
Here's another DC area "O" Club, not far from the Eastern Shore homes of Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney. Naval Station Annapolis Md
Annapolis Bachelor Officers Quarters, in fact, boasts the
cheapest rates in the DC area, and advertises the following:
"The BOQ has had many distinguished visitors as guests including the President, Vice-President, Secretary of the Navy, and numerous Congressmen and Ambassadors. In 2000, the Bachelor Quarters and Bachelor Officer Quarters won the Admiral Zumwalt Award for excellence in Bachelor Quarters management and earned a five-star accreditation."
Don't bring candles, however. Lighting them could set off the club's smoke alarm!
Perhaps you prefer beach cottages and sand dunes?
Cuba anyone? There's so much more to Guantanamo than wired fences and Al-Qaeda. Navy Lodge Guantanamo Bay
Hiking with your honey in Alaska? There's Seward Military Resort
A mountain view of Italy? AF Inns - Aviano AB, Mountain View Lodge
The sizzle of Sicily? Navy Lodge Sigonella
Ooouuu . . . romantic Naples. . . Why else would the US still have a base there? Navy Lodge Naples
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