Former Shipmate Frank, now Prtdn Michael Malanowski sent me the above.
Mom and dad’s practices have filtered down to our family. WE have never been a family to stay in motels or hotels. The exceptions were church conventions. Hotels were used if a ‘boarding house’ could not be found.
I guess ‘boarding houses’ are out and have been replaced by the Bed and Breakfast units that bring in extra income for families who do not mind entertaining ‘strangers.’
Air B&B is big @ 3 BILLION $ last year. We have never used that system but Grands Josh & Megan did a quick tour of Ireland strictly using the Air B&Bs. They loved it. That way they met some amazingly gracious local people. Learning more than they would have versus joining an organized tour group.
Some people are not cut out to ‘be in business.’ Have you ever considered the obligations of a local family retail store or restaurant? My brother started a business of making concrete yard ornaments (bird baths, ducks, chicken, etc.) It grew and finally incorporated a china shop. His business was closed on Wednesdays, which they used to travel to wholesale houses to renew stock. The only holidays were Christmas and the 4th of July. Their average work day was 12 hours.
I was in business for many years. It was ideal. As a General Contractor I set my own hours, days off and vacations. The only tight schedules came with ‘custom’ homes which I avoided as much as possible. Life for us was good, I preferred speculative building, because it was my house until it was sold. I did not have to wait for someone to pick light fixtures or room colors, LOL.
I could never have a business that required me present at one location day after day. I ran a roach coach for a few years, good income but it was my BOSS. I admire someone who can. Carroll and Mary White ran White’s Restaurant in Belmont. They had a good schedule serving only breakfast and lunch, but still they had to be there EVERY DAY except Sunday. This Pandemic has done something nothing else had been able to do. It closed them down.
I haven’t talked to Carroll in a couple years, I wonder how they are handling it. Well, I hope, and enjoying themselves.
When I did work in a business and got sick, someone else would pick up the slack, not my worry. BUT if you are a one horse business, you are the horse….
I imagine B&Bs can set their own days, not sure how that works… Have you ever used or ran a B&B?