My life as an innkeeper is never dull. Most of the time my work is very rewarding. The average guest is very nice and respectful. And every day I see or hear something that makes me go:
Being an innkeeper has challenges for sure, but there’s an amusing side as well. And an even larger amazing component that most people probably don’t even think about.
Back in August, I posted about people not sleeping between the sheets. https://jansenschmidt.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/between-the-sheets-or-not/ I still ponder that when I encounter it. Not sure what’s up with that or where this trend came from, but it happens. (Yes, I make that face above).
There are other things as well that cause me to make that bewildered face. Here’s a short list:
I’m amazed at how many people travel with alcohol! Isn’t it against the law to travel with an open liquor container in your car? I’m pretty sure the answer to that is yes and yet probably close to 90 percent of our guests tote in some kind of bottle of something alcoholic. I’m not talking the mini bar size either, I’m talking a big bottle of booze. And, they usually consume said alcohol within a few minutes of their arrival. That amazes me. I’ve never traveled with alcohol. Ever. I mean, who wants to cart around the extra weight?
I am amused – and this happens a LOT – when people tell me how delicious the breakfast is yet don’t take more than 2 or 3 bites. Really? Can’t be that delicious. I know there are a lot of folks who don’t eat breakfast, but raving about food one does not eat is strange to me. I know it’s not the food because the majority of folks gobble it up.
And, even more amusing is, how many people stay at a bed and breakfast but don’t eat breakfast. Hmmm. You know it’s included in the price right? And the price of your room reflects the cost of your food. So . . . ? Oh sure there’s a multitude of good reasons why folks choose bed and breakfasts over hotels, but it’s just a little odd to me that you’re paying for something you’re not using. And who doesn’t eat breakfast? Especially when someone else cooks it?!?
I am amazed at how many people move furniture around. I guess if you don’t think a nightstand should reside next to the bed it’s okay to just move it somewhere else – like in the corner. Or outside in the hallway. Chairs are easily moved and I get that one; lamps not so much. Call me crazy, but the lamps sit on the nightstands next to the beds at my inn. And, they’re usually located, oh say, next to an electrical outlet. One guest even moved a very heavy bureau. Not sure why, but . . . there you go. I guess guests need to get their feng shui in order or something.
It amuses me how many people make the bed. I don’t just mean pulling the covers up, I mean, actually, tucking sheets and puffing pillows and . . . you know, making the bed. Some people make it better than me and I make beds for a living. Perhaps I should start offering jobs to these folks. I never make the bed when I’m staying in a B & B or hotel, especially on the day I’m checking out. I might pull up the covers but I never make the bed. This seems odd to me. I guess some mommas musta raised their kids right.
So, there you have it, this week’s list of amazing and amusing innkeeper finds. What amazes you during your normal day-to-day lives? Any interesting quirky behavior you want to share? Do you make your bed every day? Do you move furniture around at hotels?
Word of the Day: Campanulate
Fun fact about me: I love breakfast, especially for dinner.
Original post by Jansen Schmidt, March 2017. Photos courtesy Google Images.