Business As Usual – Almost….

When writing a blog, one has to remain ever-mindful of two irrefutable truths:

  1. If you don’t feel passionately about your subject matter you’ll never attract an audience larger than one.
  2. A loyal audience will stick with you if you dedicate enough time and effort to any subject you tackle. Successful writers – if they’re truly dedicated to their craft – can make any subject enticing. 

So what am I on about, you’re wondering?

My task this time around  is to please two masters. Let’s begin, shall we?

The wife – VampireLover to the newbies among us – says I have difficulty accepting my shortcomings; namely, the way I sometimes rush to judgment of people or situations.

She is absolutely right.

Consider my first call of the day; two gentlemen – the Grandpa and Dad of one of two rooms – approached my desk. When they spotted our carts they were like kids in the proverbial candy store.

GRANDPA: Hey! We could use one of those!

My colleague explained the protocol, they accepted the terms and they walked away – shaking their heads, usually a very bad sign. It was my turn, of course.

I arrived upstairs with one cart – they requested two but it’s tough enough negotiating one and I can usually work my “bellman packing magic” pretty easily.  Unfortunately, I miscalculated this time and one cart was not going to be enough for this collection of stuffed animals (2 bags worth!), toys, duffel bags, coolers, etc. My mistake did not go unnoticed…

PERTURBED MOM: This is not going to be enough for everything!

Fortunately, everyone simply ignored her! We loaded up – with great difficulty – and I met up with the “menfolk” downstairs in the parking garage. Most of my colleagues aren’t fans of the extra hike to the garage, but I really don’t mind; it’s better than waiting in the lobby with the crazed, impatient crowd! We loaded up two cars and I decided to make a second trip back upstairs on my own; I think the guys were trying to spare me some of the Perturbed Mom’s wrath!

PM: I thought we were using manpower this time!

THE HOOK: But I am a man, miss…

PM: I knew that! Okay, let’s go.

Her entire demeanor changed from that point forward. We met up downstairs – everyone else seemed to conveniently disappear – and she was nice as pie, as they say.

PM: I had a feeling you knew what you were doing! You fooled me for a minute there!

THE HOOK: I’m full of surprises, miss.

So there you have it: a good call wrapped in a tough, chewy exterior. Do me a favor though, will you? Don’t tell VampireLover she’s right about me!

The remainder of the day paled in comparison, with one exception.

WOMAN IN ELEVATOR: You’ve been here a long time, haven’t you?

THE HOOK: From Day One, yes.

WIE: And they call you The Hook, right?

THE HOOK: (Stunned – but in a good way for once!) Why yes, they do.

She got off at the next stop before I could inquire as to just how she knew of my alter ego. I know some of my colleagues have shared my “other identity” with a few guests but the circle was relatively small as I understood it.

Apparently not.


As romantic as I get, anyway…

Where to begin?

To describe my love for you in a single post would be as simple as peering beneath the ocean’s surface and describing the treasures within in a single sentence.

You are…

  • As hot as the Sun yet as cold as the dark side of the Moon.
  • Accessible, but as unreachable as the stars.
  • Vulnerable but powerful and poised to strike in an instant.
  • A puzzle I will never solve, a fate I accept happily.

You are also – as long-time readers can attest – somewhat fond of specific members of the undead.

To say the least.

That having been said, here is a little something to whet your insatiable appetite..

l may never be the perfect mate for a lover of the Undead, but I’ll never stop attempting to achieve mortal perfection.


  • And any other holidays that seem to fall within the same blasted month!

I love you. Now and forever.


Niagara Falls Comic-Con 2012

June 9. 2012 10 A.M. – 7 P.M.
Scotiabank Convention Centre
Niagara Falls. Ontario. Canada

For full details, click here, fan boys and girls!

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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107 Responses to Business As Usual – Almost….

  1. Gillian Colbert says:


  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Oh … you have more close together celebrations than we … The Christmas to early April (anniversary) stretch with each of our birthdays in between.

    And thanks for the captivating story … and for the calming influence on PM.

  3. You are a treasure! I look forward to your blog like the chocolate on my pillow at a full service hotel! Wishing you and VampireLover a happy valentine’s day!

  4. susielindau says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day Hook! May your days be filled with sweet customers!

  5. wherethedaytakesme says:

    Great post, and great move. A gem indeed.

  6. TBM says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! And I will never tell VampireLover that she was right if you don’t tell my better half that I’m usually wrong.

  7. Nothing like a public declaration of love to win a woman’s heart (or, in your case, keep it!)

    You know Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, right?

  8. I love Vampire Diaries!!

  9. Yatin says:

    “wife says I have difficulty accepting my shortcoming” … you are not alone my friend, this is true for every husband. You’ve got lot to celebrate in Feb. Have a blast.

  10. iamnotshe says:

    Hello. Thanks for the V-Day greetings! I’ll tell my boyfriend’s daughter happy birthday — it’s on the 17th. Oh, and i’ll tell my mom happy birthday (Feb. 27) she’ll love that! 85. Bless her. So you’ve been found out, Mr. Hook. a HA!

  11. El Guapo says:

    Well done, Hook!
    As far as your identity being known, might not be a bad thing. If the public knows they may end up here, maybe they’ll treat service personnel better.

  12. iamnotshe says:

    One can hope!

  13. Spectra says:

    I think it would be fun to ride those luggage carts around the hotel.
    Do you have a sexy little outfit picked out for your date with VL tomorrow night???

  14. Raven of Leyla says:

    Awhhhhh, you sweet adorable man and VampireLover mate 🙂 She must be swooning away at your “As romantic as you get” words of your description of love for her! Well done!!!

  15. Lily says:

    That’s really sweet! It’s crazy that that woman knew your secret identity! Spooky…

  16. She pulled out your alter ego…I thought that was well played by her. You are famous. What will be funnier is when someone you wrote about reads your blog and talks to you about it later.

  17. Smaktakula says:

    The romantic interlude was wonderful. Someone’s earning points.

  18. granny1947 says:

    You great big softy. 🙂

  19. inidna says:

    Aw so sweet Mr. Hook! Hope you and your Mrs have a wonderful Valentine’s Day 🙂

  20. Jo Bryant says:

    It’s funny – how people will surprise you at times – if you let them.
    I love that you did all this for VampireLover NOT on Valentine’s Day – that is true love – I hate VD, but love to idea behind it.
    Oh my – just wanted to make sure you understand (in case VL is looking over your shoulder) I mean Valentine’s Day (in that I hate) not Vampire Diaries…those boys are almost…as good as The Boys. Shhhhhhh…don’t tell VL I said that…

  21. You say “I love you” in ways only you can. Hope you and your kick-ass, vamp-loving wife have the best Valentine’s day ever.

    I love your post opening as well – passion breeds lots more than, well, ya know. Great post and loyal readers. Your blog and all of us are evidence of that.

  22. raisingdaisy says:

    Something tells me VampireLover is in for a rolicking good Valentine’s Day! 😀 Have fun, you two lovebirds!

  23. Little Miss says:

    Happy valentines day!
    If someone came up to me and knew my alter ego, I’d run for the hills!

  24. Val says:

    She was an Alter Ego Inspector… nothin’ to worry about! Happy Valentines Hook!

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  26. Aaron Babcock says:

    You’re a celebrity now! About time.

  27. Aww, Thank you….and I love the pictures.
    There is only one thing wrong with the pictures, I wish I was in them….JUST KIDDING!!! I know you here enough about my vamps.
    We do have a very busy month…..both our birthdays, anniversary and valentines day….Good thing we are taking a little time for ourselves, then I will wish you a Happy Valentines and Happy Birthday!!!

  28. iamnotshe says:

    Wow Hook, you’re comment listings are enormous! My experiment in email over-flow-eth!!! Go get em!!!! 🙂

  29. I really love reading about coupes that “get ” each other, instead of the attention that all the idiot Kim Kardashians of the world get. Happy heart day!

  30. Jillian-Elle says:

    Lol @ “but I am a man, miss.” that’s awesome!

  31. gkinnard says:

    Dang guy! You’re setting standards for romance that the rest of us can’t possibly meet! Good for you!

  32. The Hobbler says:

    Beautiful valentine

  33. Stefanie says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’ve been reading back a bit on yours and it’s super entertaining!! Love your valentine 🙂 Keep up the fun writing!! I’ll check back soon!

  34. littlesundog says:

    Hmm, there seems to be a lot more to you than wit and charm… impressive!

  35. Woman says:

    You will never stop making me laugh Mister The Hook!!! Alls I got to say is VampireLover is one lucky woman!!! First, you tell her she’s right (and VERY publicly too), then you give to her one of the best Valentine’s Day gestures I’ve seen this year, THEN you talk about comics in Niagara Falls!!!!!

    Happy Anniversary you two (for whichever day it falls on in this month!!!)

  36. All in one: Review says:

    Initial lines ablout bloggers are very true in sense.

  37. Happy Valentines Day!!!
    Did you check out the google logo….Does that remind you of us many years ago (when you kept asking and I kept refusing)…LOL!!! I am sure glad that I finally came to my senses and accepted.

    LOVE YOU!!!

    • The Hook says:

      Happy Valentines Day, my vamp-lovin’ gal!
      Winning your heart has been the single greatest acccomplishment of my life.
      LOVE YOU, TOO!!!!

  38. TheJackB says:

    Hook, I think you are absolutely correct in your assessment of successful blogging. I’d much prefer a smaller loyal audience than one that is big and fickle.

  39. So sweet Hook, I hope you have the chocolate and flowers ready . Have a wonderful Valentine’s day!

  40. The Guat says:

    Love the Woman in the Elevator! My circle of trust remains in tact and I’m still Diana Prince, but if I had a cool you’re-Superman-aren’t-you story … I’d be proud to share it. Would’ve like to see your face on that one. 🙂 Happy V-Day

  41. To The Hook – Lucky girt that VampireLover… 🙂
    To VampireLover – Keep him guessing girl… 😉

  42. sonsothunder says:

    Oh Hook, you make me blush…
    Oh, by the way.,. I hope the lady in the elevator wasn’t like the Internal Affairs Undercover girl for the Hotel franchise.,.
    Take it away Van the Man…

  43. Happy Valentine’s Day. Sorry I was late to the party.

  44. confessionsofyourhusbandsmistress says:

    So sweet wishing your lovely a happy Valentine’s Day on here! I bet you are much more romantic than you let on.

  45. mizqui says:

    You rock – great post and with a very attracting ending. You Rock Hook! …and you’re famous too. Ooo!

  46. iamnotshe says:

    101 responses. just thought i’d chip in. WOOHOO!

  47. Tony McGurk says:

    I like your description of PM “a good call wrapped in a tough, chewy exterior”
    So how did the woman know of your alter ego??? I guess we’ll never know

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