Well, yes and no.
This was the basic framework of my day…
- The first major snowstorm of 2012. Blowing snow and icy conditions but not the major “Snowpocalypse” the weather forecasters were calling for. Now these guys are douchebags; they’re wrong most of the time but they never face any consequences!
- It was dead – again! But what else is new, right?
- My lobby started out as warm as a walk-in freezer – again! I can picture another “Patient Zero” post in my future!
- No calls for the first two-and-a-half hours!
Finally, I got a check-in – at 10:30 am! Fortunately, the two businessmen were able to move in – thank you Front Desk – and their joy translated to a decent tip for yours truly.
The rush was on!
One hour later, call #2! What a pace, right? At least it was another cool, down-to-earth businessman. My next call was anything but cool..
It was downright freezing!
I found myself standing in the path of winter’s windy fury as an old lady who insisted she bought a Pacifica because “It’s a high-end deluxe vehicle”, attempted to unlock the trunk! After fifteen attempts, she got smart! She ran inside and let me unload everything by lifting it over the back seat and out the side door.
I said she got smart, I didn’t say I did.
I made my way back inside met up with her friend and their husbands – who were nowhere to be found when there was work to be done – and scribbled down their room number before I found myself forced to go back outside to load up two more vehicles!
Long, cold story short, I delivered the bags, listened to another sales pitch/lecture about the Pacifica and suppressed my desire to throttle the old bird.
Fortunately she tipped me well, so she wouldn’t have deserved the throttling after all. My next call, however did deserve much more than a throttling.
Two yuppie businessmen arrived – yes, I said yuppie – with luggage for their entire group. It took what felt like forever to load. We sorted everything out – of course the cases of beer came out after the bags, necessitating an order change in the cart’s loading structure – and that’s when the rest of their group arrived.
I’m used to annoying business-class guests but some are a cut below the rest! These people were dim-witted, loud and disorganized. I put the effort in – in the cold – and when we get inside, they remove everything and take it up themselves! I didn’t even receive a “Thank you, maggot!”
I accept the parts of my job I can’t control.
- The heat in the summer, the cold in the winter.
- The long wait as a guest attempts to get themselves together.
- Being forced to reorganize a cart over and over and over!
I just prefer a guest try to be organized, especially a corporate guest who makes their living through the efficient implementation of people skills. I’m sure they don’t want to be exposed to the elements for any longer than they have to; I know I sure don’t! And common courtesy never hurts either.
That’s all for now, gentle readers. Here’s a serene image to close out this installment…