Spending $16 at McDonald’s
Mar05

Spending $16 at McDonald’s

I’ll admit it. My family has recently been patronizing the Golden Arches more than we probably should. When you are in my situation (two kids under 4, a kitchen that is operational, but still a construction zone, and a financial ground that has shifted under me), sometimes the path of least resistance is taken. Of course, being the fiscal conservative I am, the concept of cheap food can also be appealing. But it just occurred to me on...

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Insanity

Someone once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We know the economy turned south many months ago, but many innkeepers in our industry report that 2008 was their best year ever. I also know many innkeepers are down in actual and advanced bookings. Yet I fear that many innkeepers are doing the same thing they did last year and the year before and crossing their fingers...

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$15 Jelly Beans
Jan23

$15 Jelly Beans

I recently spoke at the Mid Atlantic Innkeepers conference at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. It was great seeing innkeepers and vendors at this event. I felt compelled to share the photo I took below. Upon entering my room, my eyes were drawn to the little jar of jelly beans. “How cute,” I thought. After seeing the price tag of “$15″ for the little jar of jelly beans, I didn’t think it was very...

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The Economy

Someone shared with me that he had seen a sign in a storefront that said, “I hear there’s a recession going on. I choose not to participate,” or something like that. That is the ultimate in being “bullish” on the condition of the economy, but I like it. I’m not one to be a Pollyanna about things, but I do appreciate the optimism. I think many people will see themselves as victims of the economy and won’t do anything but take whatever...

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