Yes, you read that correctly, I am about to reveal precisely why I love my job.
And yes, when all is said and done, at the end of the day, I really do love my job.
- It pays my bills and provides my family with food, shelter, tickets to Twilight movies and comic books.
- People from all walks of life cross my path – and I get to laugh at them. But more about that soon.
- The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, has placed in my path some of the finest co-workers anyone could ask for – and more a than a few ancestors of the Missing Link. I’m thankful for all of them.
Back to business; here are some of the highlights of being a bellman in the great Canadian city of Niagara Falls…
KIDS ARE EVEN CRAZIER WHEN VACATIONING…
“My Mommy’s boss gave her $10,000 to go away! We were supposed to have a little brother or sister, but Mommy went to the doctor and then her boss gave her $10,000 and we got to go on ‘cation!” Naturally, the six-year-old James Bond wannabe was immediately yanked from duty by his handlers (the mortified and morally bankrupt parents) before he could reveal any other secrets his mother had rattling around in her suitcases. My response was, given my nature, succinct and direct: “If I were you, pal, I wouldn’t pursue a career in the spy biz.”
I GET TO OBSERVE THE BEAUTY – AND SHAME – OF THE MYSTERY THAT IS THE MODERN-DAY LOVE AFFAIR …
FRIDAY: An engaged couple checks in, their hearts bursting with love for one another.
SATURDAY: They take a solemn vow before God – assuming God hangs out at cheesy wedding chapels – and their small group of friends.
SUNDAY: The groom is taken away in handcuffs by the Niagara Regional Police for assaulting his no-longer-blushing bride.
Ain’t love grand?
In fairness to Cupid, I have served a few couples who were genuinely in love. But those folks are boring. Give me a Kim Kardashian/Kanye West train wreck any day of the week.
I GET TO SERVE THE MODERN-DAY CORPORATE WEASEL – AND OCCASIONALLY SCORE SOME COOL SWAG!
- Tires. Seriously.
- Booze. Unfortunately, I don’t drink but still..
You name it, I’ve gone home with it at one time or another. I’ve even turned down fringe benefits of a carnal nature, but that’s all I have to say about that…
I’ve had my share of highs and lows over the last fifteen years – the hospitality biz can be a wild ride – but overall, I can’t really complain. I’ve been blessed, and that’s all there is to it. This vocation has afforded me the opportunity to make the transition from bellman to bellman/blogger/starving author. Now if I could only get a response from a producer at Breakfast Television or Steven and Chris, I’d be over the moon…
TIME FOR OTHER BUSINESS..
A shout-out to my blog buddy, Kristen Lamb and her best-selling tome, We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media. Give it a try, folks. You won’t be disappointed…
CHECK IT OUT!!
ONE LAST BIT OF NEWS…
The next chapter of my first foray into fiction is up and running at Wattpad. I have a long way to go as a fiction writer, and I could use all the constructive criticism I can get, so help me out, okay?