Its always interesting to see how some people react and respond to bad situations.
Friends and acquaintances quickly begin to rub people wrong, depending on their level of knowledge and experience. And very few think anout what to bring beyond the first 24 hours. Your TP experience being a perfect example.
Make notes about what you remember, the little things just as much as the big ones, as the little things will nag at you and make things even more miserable.
Great story and learning experience. Thanks for relating it.