A Little Wisdom For The Coming Week…

Here are a few fun facts:

  1. When I first became a bellman seventeen years ago, NO ONE – and I mean NO ONE – travelled with a laptop or any sort of electronic device.
  2. Blogs were slowly springing into existence and had yet to set the world on fire.
  3. People weren’t exactly nicer, but they were certainly less open about their skeletons and general nuttiness.
  4. In my seventeen years as a bellman I’ve rarely had a day as horrible as I have had today – and my shift is only half over.
  5. I began working twenty minutes before my shift officially began and the internal politics bullshit, travellers’ madness and general insanity overwhelmed me within minutes.

All that having been said, I find myself revisiting a little piece of wisdom from my past that I wish to share with you now, my friends – whether you like it or not.

My grandfather, a Polish immigrant the size of an actual European mountain, once told me, “It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you take pride in the man you see in the mirror at the end of the day.”

Of course, he also told me whiskey would put hair on my chest, which for some reason I felt was an important feature for a six-year-old to add to his bodily repertoire… so I downed an entire glass in front of a full bar of grandpa’s contemporaries.

I then yakked all over the actual bar.

And a prostitute named Midnight Mary.

(Her real name was Gladys, which explains why she felt compelled to adopt a “stage-name” as it were. No one screams, “Yeah, that feels so good, Gladys! You’re a real sexy bitch!”)

He may not have had the greatest instincts when it came to child-rearing, but my grandfather’s point about work was valid, however. You have to find a special place inside your soul where you’re a champion, a hero, a warrior-born, and you need to visit that place when times get tough, which they tend to do. Now, whenever the weight of my existence as a working-class dog begins to wear me down I do this in my head…

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 … and then I don’t feel so bad.

Have a joyous and unproductive weekend, my friends, and remember this post when Monday rolls around, okay?

 See you in the lobby, kids…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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48 Responses to A Little Wisdom For The Coming Week…

  1. Ned's Blog says:

    Just the name “Dinklage” is enough to make me feel better most days. Hope your weekend is better than your Friday, my friend ;)

    • The Hook says:

      I can honestly say that it can’t be any worse, Ned.
      Thank you for taking the time out of your conquest of the free world to drop by, buddy.

  2. Oh Hookie (is that okay or did that just cross a line?) I’m sorry to hear your day is shit. Enjoy the cucumbers at dinner tonight and I hope it makes you giggle like the madman you are :)

  3. REDdog says:

    The only good thing about a bad day is the contrast it provides. You don’t strike me as a violent man Hook, but every once in a while it does your soul good to let rip on some doodlehead who is tramming your day straight into Hades…even just an open palm right on the ear, just to get their attention…like they say in the classics, mate, violence may not be the best option but it’s still an option.

  4. I was looking for the ‘not-like’ button. Sorry you are having a shit day. Is it still Friday 13th over there?! It is also a full moon….. So you might have to wait until tomorrow for it to get better :-( I normally say to myself when I have a bad day, that things could be worse, someone could be dead. But then, in my job, that is usually the cause of a bad day. Hmm. Sorry, I am not doing a good job of trying to cheer you up. So I will just give you a hug instead. *Hug*

  5. Lindsay says:

    Can we blame the full moon on the 13th for this horrible day? I was just telling a friend I sure am glad I don’t work in an ER today/tonight. I forgot to add “or a hotel” to the end of that sentence.

  6. Marian Green says:

    Sending you great big hugs and warm thoughts and trying to conjour an ideal day for you to make up for this one. One where all the children behave, co-workers see you for the shining beacon of awesome you are, everyone tips generously and a sassy escort or two gives you a kiss for your tact.

  7. Fridays and Mondays are what I call bad days before they’ve even begun.
    “My grandfather, a Polish immigrant the size of an actual European mountain,” made me spew my wine…I mean milk. I think I met him once. :-D
    Hope you have a better one next week.

  8. LVital7019 says:

    Great advice and I wholeheartedly concur about the Dinklage – thank you for that GIF! I absolutely love him. He’s my favorite on GOT. Enjoy! :)

  9. LVital7019 says:

    PS I’m surprised your Polish immigrant mountain/Grandpa didn’t ply you with vodka. The ones I worked with at the black-car service were all about the vodka. Whiskey, notsomuch

  10. 1jaded1 says:

    Aww. I hope your weekend goes better. I will always snicker a little inside when I hear the name Gladys (and even more so cuz my autocorrect wanted to call her Flashed).

  11. I hope you have a much better weekend than you did a day. :)

  12. susielindau says:

    It’s a full moon too….. OoooOoOOoooOOO!
    I bet your Friday night is fantabulous compared to your day. Rock it out, Hook! :)

  13. Jennifer says:

    Hope your weekend is better. :-)

  14. Sarah says:

    I like your grandfather’s sentiment. That’s such a truth.

  15. Poor Robert….I’m so sorry it was such a bad day. I hope you are off this weekend so you can recuperate some. You can smile now…it’s over! Time to have a drink and relax with your honey;-)

  16. Life abundantly provides us with all kinds of troubles. Building our own umbrellas makes all the difference in the world! Your grandpa for example… Hope it’s all in the past now and you’re in for a great weekend!

  17. Paul says:

    Well, Happy Father’s Day Hook. There’s always something to look forward to – no matter how bad things get.

  18. Trent Lewin says:

    The only good Lannister is… I don’t know where I’m going with that. Hope you don’t mind, but I pretty spontaneously tucked you into my next post. Don’t worry, it’s highly flattering. Sort of.

  19. Zainub Javed says:

    Bad days prepare you for worse days. Besides you don’t sound like a whiny type. I mean this isn’t that gloomy of a post. Cheer up!

  20. Your wisdom is infinite Hook :) Hate to hear you had such a shitty day, I think we all know how that feels, especially those of us in the “working class” lol.

  21. bardictale says:

    Hope you had a nice weekend, Hook.

  22. shimoniac says:

    I think everyone has a grandfather who was a little weak in the child rearing intelligence department. I also think that you had a genuine full moon/Friday the 13th.

  23. Well, it is Monday and I decided to read this before my day got anymore off track. So this is me doing a little jig and getting up and going. Thanks for the push Hook! On another note, it is amazing to me the number of things our grandparents told us would “put hair on our chest”. In my case I wasn’t looking for hair on my chest so I came through pretty unscathed by grandparent advice.

  24. charlypriest says:

    That was some funny thing I just read. I too worked as a bell man, for one year though, then I figured working behind a bar was better. I poured drinks, got paid and and I drank drinks without paying. The wisdom of your father….that was some funny stuff.

  25. It must be summer.
    Is it because visitors think know ones knows who they are there – and they will never see any of these people again that makes them feel they can behave horridly?
    And seriously people, we’d all be better off if private information stayed private. Or with today’s lack of vocabulary instruction in school, perhaps the word “private” actually has no known meaning to so many? Restraint and dignity also gone…
    Your grandfather was right, Hook. You were lucky to have him. We need guiding beacons in a murky world
    Salute to one who exhibits grace and dignity under fire!

  26. maurnas says:

    I don’t know…I’d boff a Gladys…

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