Seattle – It’s a Wrap!
Feb22

Seattle – It’s a Wrap!

So, yesterday morning I thought it happened. I thought that some innkeeper got to Joyce and convinced her to play a practical joke on me. It might have been her interim innkeeper, who suggested that I experience an electrical blackout at some inopportune time, like just before fifteen guests are coming downstairs for breakfast. I was ironing my shirt around 6:30 a.m., when the electricity in my room went out. I’m thinking there is no...

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Day 3 in Seattle – Laundry Chute Luxury
Feb21

Day 3 in Seattle – Laundry Chute Luxury

The day began early again. Now that I had learned the breakfast set up routine, I was able to jump right in at 7 a.m. and contribute. We were expecting thirteen guests for the meal, again spread over three different rooms. I lucked out this week, because we had no crazy or mean guests to serve. Everyone was quite affable. The only one who stuck out a bit was a widow who personified the word “loquacious.” We had quite an eclectic...

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Day Two in Seattle

A good second day at the Chambered Nautlius B&B in Seattle, Washington. I was able to cover more territory with my mentor innkeeper, Joyce Schulte. It was a nice mixture of getting my hands dirty and discussing strategic issues Joyce gets to contemplate in her “free time.” Click here to read about the “Hire PAII’s CEO” contest and here to read about Day One. The day started for me with a 6:15 a.m....

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Walking a Mile in Joyce’s Shoes – Day One
Feb19

Walking a Mile in Joyce’s Shoes – Day One

Day one is over. For all those innkeepers who wanted to see me wiped out – mission accomplished. My day started with a 4:30 a.m. EST departure from my house in Haddon Heights, NJ. Grabbed some early breakfast a local diner, so I could review all of the training materials, checklists and polices Joyce Schulte (owner/innkeeper of the Chambered Nautilus) sent me. Caught a 7:40 a.m. flight out of Philly…short layover in...

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Off to Seattle
Feb16

Off to Seattle

Ok, the day has just about arrived. I am off to the Chambered Nautilus bed and breakfast on an early morning flight Monday for my intensive innkeeping experience under the watchful eye of owner/innkeeper, Joyce Schulte. What are my expectations? My hope is that in the four short days, I will be put to the test and get a good feel for the complex, difficult days innkeepers experience. I already have a sense of this from my frequent...

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