So last week I finally shuffled off the corporate coil and dived headlong into the world of inn-keeping at our Cape Cod Inn, The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn. No more driving into the office and wondering whether I would have to endure another round of either Frank from Accounting bragging about the size of his cubicle or Vicki “with two i’s” from Marketing complaining about business strategy (I never plucked up the courage to ask her why someone “with two i’s” had such little vision). It’s been a long journey to arrive at this awe-inspiring part of the world.A trip and career that started with a short stint in the oil business (it was never the JR Ewing or Beverly Hillbillies life of which I’d dreamt) and then weaved its way via the kitchen business in Thornton-Cleveleys, plastics in Burnley, termite inspection in LA, hospital work in Melbourne, the pharmaceutical business in Germany (Marburg), Belgium, Buffalo and Holland before landing me as a “wash-ashore” on the beach on Cape Cod. A great journey but I’m glad I’ve arrived.
But new surroundings also create new decisions. For example for the last thirty years my clothing decisions have been a breeze, a need only to decide which garishly colored tie would finish off the day’s suit ensemble. But now I have to fathom out what a self-respecting Cape Cod B&B inn-keeper should be wearing, given that the only reference points from which I can steer are Basil Fawlty and Dick Loudin, neither of whom could be cast as the gold-standard of inn-keeping. I could opt for something nautical (a parrot and eye-patch) to tie in with the seafaring history of the inn, or something eccentrically English (cricket sweater, wellies and monocle) accessorized with a handle-bar moustache. Maybe it would be wiser to delegate my attire-decisions (some may say entire-decisions) to the missus rather than believe that such decisions are safe in my hands.
As for progress at the inn I’m pleased to report that the upgrade work completes next week and that new photographs detailing the new rooms will be appearing on the website shortly.