Who am I? It’s the ultimate question isn’t it? That and “Why are we here?” and of course, “What did we ever do as a race to deserve the Kardashians?”
But getting back to me, I was the stereotypical shy, retiring kid who always had his nose buried in a book.
A comic book.
They directed the course of my life. They taught me to dream, to follow my dreams and to value the lives of others. Always.
Ironically, the quiet kid grew up to become a bellman, a career that requires a few people skills, a loud voice at times and plenty of ingenuity. Every day brings a new challenge; if you can’t adapt quickly, you’ll be bowled over. Sometimes literally!
The North American hospitality industry is composed of two separate, yet woefully unequal groups: the hordes of travelers who leave a trail of devastation in their wake, and the poor bastards who serve them.
These are their stories.
But it’s also mine.
As a bellman, I’m the guy you don’t pay attention to; the one in the corner of the room, unloading your luggage, i.e., laundry baskets, garbage bags and pillows. I’m always watching, observing, picking apart your behavior, which is usually fascinating – and sometimes, disturbing. I call Niagara Falls, Canada, my home, but I’m a citizen of the world, connected to every corner of the globe through the experiences of others.
And you’re welcome to come along for the ride.
Occasionally, I’ll sleep. But not often.
As for this little slice of blogging Nirvana, you’ll notice some postings that deal with other subjects, like Vampires Ruined My Marriage!, which they did.
After 18 years of marriage my wife has become obsessed with the young, handsome, undead bloodsuckers of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. Of course, she has had to put up with my love of comics and sci-fi, which by the way, has spread to my young daughter.
In your face, wife!
As of June 28, 2012, I also became the newest starving artist on the block; my first book, The Bellman Chronicles, is now available on Amazon.
- Behind The Scenes Of ‘The Vampires Diaries’ (socialitelife.com)