Colorful sunrise this morning from Poverty Beach. Thanks for Stopping by.
I could say something philosophical, like we made it to the peak, but then what? I had to look back at my June 1st blog post to review what I set out to accomplish. The main thing was of course to be disciplined enough to post once a day. Although one or two were posted close too or after 10:00 PM, it happened.
From the view of this peak, I can see there is another peak in the distance. The journey will continue. I mentioned yesterday, that my accomplishment will be rewarded with another or continued post on July 1st. Probably more about Cape May.
I think it’s also time to take a hard look at the issues I mentioned in my first FLX/Wordcount blog post. Namely occupancy tax charged our visitors and housing conditions for our J-1 Student workers. I’ve been sitting on pictures from a recent visit from our Governor, where we discussed the tax issue getting on his agenda, but there’s been no accountability thus far on that discussion.
I’ve read as many of the blogs posted to the Facebook page as humanly possible. There has been some great advice. Keeping up with the reading has proved beneficial. To echo the advice from Jen Miller, who pointed me in the direction of the Blogathon, the way I’ll become a better writer is to read more than I write. Time constraints make it easy to be a one way communicator; that is, to keep writing and not take time to see what others are saying.
A few positive outcomes have come out of the additional blogging this month. I’ve had the opportunity to write for the local paper on a freelance basis. One article about D-day actually made it to the front page of the Star and Wave. A few days ago, a blog post about our local seafood festival appears to have gone viral and landed me, for a short while, on WordPress’ top 100 growing blogs.
Finally, I’m keeping a promise to myself. I was about to open a Blue Host account, when I looked at my list of URL’s that I own, I noticed Fat Cow provides WordPress hosting too. So sometime in the very near future, Cookecapemay.com will become a self hosted blog. Given some of the local feedback and guests arriving and telling me they’ve been reading my blog, I humbly suspect I will wish I had done this a lot sooner.
I know you thought this job was a bit sexy, living down the shore, close to the beach. But it’s not as glamorous as you would think. For example when one of your maintenance staff needs a few days off to nurse an injury, you change your office location and plan on taking out the trash. Something might break, or a circuit breaker might trip, in either case we will be prepared.
The room count hasn’t changed, but the heads in beds has risen to at least an average of three per room. Which compared to the early June post I did, it isn’t about grandma having her own room, it’s about getting the kids, (all four of them) their own room, with the parental units staying next door.
There are moments of giggles and glamour when the youngest guest sits up and waves from a sunscreen tent filled with toys at pool side. But the pool still needs to be checked every two hours. The bottom had to be vacuumed this morning. And the pool inspector showed up announced, but we passed anyway.
I could do a separate blog post on how to replace a 300 pound air conditioner working alone, but I don’t have time. It has to be replaced. I did mention that the maintenance dude is out sick with a sore knee. This was the reason that my blogathon post on Sunday posted after 11:30 PM. I was fried.
Still, I will wake up tomorrow, have my coffee pool side, alone with my Golden Retriever and prepare for what might happen this day. This morning I had a discussion with a dairy farmer about the similarities in our work. He observed me doing some of the same tasks around the same time each day he was here. I think he was referring to rising with the sun. Performing menial but necessary tasks (like milking the cows) or taking out the trash.
We’re ramping up into our busiest time of the year in Cape May. The Victorian Motel is fortunate to have 85% of its guests as repeats. I recognize most as they come through the door. The backache associated with that 300 pound air conditioner will dissipate with each smile.