Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Summer Wrap-up

As the last  days of summer slip away Martin and I are happy to report that it has been a blast but we are both ready for the quiet season to resume. Do not get it twisted though, rest is not in the plans for this pair of beach bums, we will be starting the project list today.  A fresh coat of paint in the main house for a start. Martin has an extensive plan for the next 40 weeks that will keep him busy. My plans involve getting the creative juicer running again before reservation start for the summer of 2015.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sandy Paws to the Rescue

Some days you are the hero when you are not even trying. Fate, destiny or the hand of God , you can call it what you like, but yesterday I was in a position to help out a very distressed family and even though I resisted, serendipity played a serious role in pushing me to help make someones day, week and perhaps their year better.

At 6:00 A.M. I find a text from the night before  " Is the apartment is still available, I am desperate."

"Sorry I missed the text. Yes it is." I answered back.

The phone call came in at 8:30 A.M.  "The place we have rented is disgusting, it has been the worst night, how much is the apartment for rent?"

We go back and forth to my lowest rate, which is  basically were I started, but the wife can not convince the husband to add a hefty sum to their already large vacation expense. No deal.  "I feel bad" I said to Martin, "but it is not my problem." He agrees and we move on with our day.

10:30 A.M. I am at work and check my phone to find a missed call and a text. "Can I come look at the apartment?' she has text-ed "Maybe if he sees it he will agree."
I work across the street with the most flexible bosses ever so I run home.

10:35 AM I am waiting in front of my house and I see this very distressed woman holding a super cute baby walking towards me, waving tentatively.  That's it for me I say hello and give that poor lady a hug around the shoulders and show her into the apartment.

10:36 A.M. I have a new tenet until Friday. 

10:38 A.M. I hear about the horror story of the rental they fled from. By the sounds our place was nicer before we renovated and that was awful.

11:45 A.M. I receive a cancellation for the weekend

Noon: I send an e-mail to my incoming guests, that have reserved the apartment for the Seafood Fest,  that I have upgraded them to the house. (They are elated!)

12:05 P.M. I inform the tenets in the apartment that they are welcome to stay through Sunday. (They are elated!)

12:06 P.M. Rewarded more smiles from that adorable baby.

Feels good to do good.