Meeting the innmates

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One of the perks of this forum is on ocassion being able to -in person- meet you! I have it set as a goal of mine to meet you, if you are here for any amount of time, and don't drive me up the wall. (Okay you know me by now, honest as the day is long...so I felt compelled to add that little disclaimer)

I heard through the grapevine an innmate was meeting another from here (both I have known for quite a while) and so I am so excited about this! See this is how I am, excited for others here, I rejoice when you rejoice, and sometimes cry when you cry.  But I don't let you know...

In a couple weeks I may have the pleasure of meeting the innmate I have known THE LONGEST.  Yes, for the most time, since I became an innkeeper and found a forum of innkeepers (first on about.com) and then this one that Swirt created for us!

I won't say who, I will let you guess...and hopefully the plans shall be firmed up and it will come to fruition! I have attempted to meet this person, but it has always fallen through in the past...

I hope you get the satisfaction of meeting some of the peeps here from this forum, we really aren't as scary as we sound on here, in fact some are plain adorable! Put it on your to-do list, make an effort, get out there and meet the innmates!

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Just sent my innmate on her way. Always fun to meet the forum gang and find out how things are in other parts of the country.

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 And I learned a new way to make omelets this morning.  Every innmate I've met has not only been fun and gracious but has also taught me how to be a better innkeeper.  We're such an extraordinary group!

On my way back to the Midwest I visited my college roommate.  She broke out in fits of hysterical laughter when I told her I do all my own cooking!

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Update:   Back home again after almost 2 weeks on the road.  Spent last night with Yellowsocks.  Her place is really fun.  My room had a real banjo in it so I tuned it for her.  She has been very creative with her use of space and has 4 very unique and nice guest rooms.  Its such a treat to have forum friends all over the world.  

The flowering shrubs at her place were just beginning to come in bloom.  Over the course of 2 days I brushed snow off the windshield in New York, got the early spring at YS place and 80 degrees at home with tulips out and trees leafing in.  Spring for us is a full month early.

I really needed a vacation.  Came home to a very cold house.  I turned down the heat before I left, only to discover that the A/C was on instead of the furnace 

 

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Innkeep wrote:
Update:   Back home again after almost 2 weeks on the road.  Spent last night with Yellowsocks.  Her place is really fun.  My room had a real banjo in it so I tuned it for her.  She has been very creative with her use of space and has 4 very unique and nice guest rooms.  Its such a treat to have forum friends all over the world.  

And it's a treat to have guests as fun and considerate as you! It was a pleasure to "meet" you, although I've known you so long! But I admit to being a little jealous... you've met so many more of the innmates than I have!

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I'm hoping to go to Maine and Nova Scotia in July.... Hopefully I can meet a couple of innmates, too!

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Got an innmate here right now! (And she hasn't run screaming, either!)

We're going to try to go meet up with some other innmates, if they're around this week.

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 This innmate is enjoying the b&b experience. So far I've talked Maddie's ear off and she has graciously listened. I'm definitely getting the "royal" treatment.  Thanks Maddie

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 This innmate is enjoying the b&b experience. So far I've talked Maddie's ear off and she has graciously listened. I'm definitely getting the "royal" treatment.  Thanks Maddie

You talked Maddie's ear off? Aw come on... 

Have fun dude, I mean that in the most royal way possible. Smiling

PS I never updated my visit meeting an innmate and yet another innmate (which was a surprise to innmate #1) and they both pulled in at the same time. It was loverly...good to meet these cyperspace friends at last! Innmate #1's spouse grew up in the same town I lived in long long ago - where my sister was born and I went to Kindie. He was actually born in a hospital 1 mile from my house (during my elementary and teen years). 

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 Oh we certainly enjoyed our day out with you as well. Such fun to finally meet and also be surprised. Small world isn't it?

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I am jealous!!

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Some day, some day!

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I'm going to WA (olympic penn) in June!!! Any innmates on here who are out there?

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 if they dont post their inn and url on their id then they obv dont want to.

SIDE NOTE:  This is for the innmate i am going to meet wednesday... i am enroute, same time as discussed, you know the place. am at james river on an air card right now w the worst slowest connx, so sorry to be brief.  please call the cell ph # if you cannot make it, otherwise see you soon!!  Smiling  JB

 

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 Looking forward to it! See you soon! So now you all know who the inn mate is Smiling

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Have a good visit, y'all!  I'm currently up in DC area but no time to get together with anyone.  Although I'm almost within walking distance of our inn-mate here on the forum in Annapolis. 

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I think we all guessed it was you!

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Can we have a list of all B&Bs & their owners/innkeepers on this forum as a stciky post, old as well as new? Would help to quickly check who is located where!

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We just say where we will be and anyone in that area chimes in with - I am there, either on the Forum or via e-mail.

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 Sorry many here want to remain anonymous..for obvious reasons....no one but owner knows who everyone is and where they are. Some reveal who they are and their locations but it is up to each person.

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I have a 3 hour layover at the Atlanta Airport on a very auspicious day - Friday, April 13th. It worked for my cousin - she is leaving town on the 12th, so we will not be able to get together. I have no clue where many are (and I know it is an imposition to go to the airport). A niece getting married in Vegas got me sprung from DH for a few days! And a high school classmate has volunteered to meet me at the airport in Vegas and take me to my hotel. I have not seen him since graduation - Facebook does wonders - so I sent a photo and told him I am still fat. I need to study Facebook to see how HE has changed so i can recognize him.

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 Anybody here near Sedona, Arizona?   We're heading that way in September.

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We're meeting an innmate coming up in a few weeks. Fingers crossed she doesn't run screaming when she realizes we really ARE like that!

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Madeleine wrote:

We're meeting an innmate coming up in a few weeks. Fingers crossed she doesn't run screaming when she realizes we really ARE like that!

When the kid gloves come off (and the yellow bonnet)?  Smiling

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We're meeting an innmate coming up in a few weeks. Fingers crossed she doesn't run screaming when she realizes we really ARE like that!

Let's hope it goes well. Just today I was reading the book Jackhammered by Ed Bethune, who was born in my town and went on to become a marine, FBI agent, lawyer, and US congressman. He tells of a B&B he and his wife stayed in on the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the 1980's:

We caught the Caledonian MacBrayne ferryboat, and in less than thirty minutes we were on Skye looking for the B&B opeator we had called earlier to arrange a room for the night.

She, plumpish and red-faced, spotted us and waved us over to a tiny, two-door, beat-up economy car. It would have been a challenge to get in the car if it had been empty, but there were two big dogs in it, barking and jumping from the front seat to the back. We were not surprised because almost every Scot has a dog or two, and they take them everywhere they go, even into the grocery markets.

We had no choice because it was late in the day and we needed a place to sleep. We climbed in with the dogs, the fleshy woman, the smell, and the dog hairs and set off for her place in Armadale. It turned out that the B&B she advertised was nothing more than an extra bedroom in her small house. Lana and I gave each other a familiar look of resignation; it was another chance for us to follow G. K. Chesterton's council: we would rightly consider this inconvenience, thus turning it into an adventure. We managed to sleep, but our adventure ended abruptly at breakfast. Our hostess fed the dogs and us at the same time, their bowls being in the breakfast room. We ate a piece of toast, pulled on our backpacks, bid the dogs and the woman goodbye, and hiked to the Clan Donald Center.

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Sounds like the B&B (which is no longer) that had the two terriers in the kitchen behind a half door - leaping and lunching at the door and barking throughout breakfast.  For those who think "a dog" in the kitchen mught be a bit freaky, all I could imagine was that terrier x 2 wirey hair going airborne and into my food...

Life is an adventure, that is true.

 

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Sounds like the B&B (which is no longer) that had the two terriers in the kitchen behind a half door - leaping and lunching at the door and barking throughout breakfast.  For those who think "a dog" in the kitchen mught be a bit freaky, all I could imagine was that terrier x 2 wirey hair going airborne and into my food...

Life is an adventure, that is true.

 

Don't get me started on inn pets in the food prep area or in the dining room begging while I'm trying to eat. And the innkeepers just laughing and thinking this is cute. NO, your dog is NOT cute in the dining room. Nor is your cat. Or your birds. Or hamsters. Or any pet that is giving off hair, noise or smell.

And heaven help you if you say anything! 'No one else has ever complained about Barkster.'

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Madeleine wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Sounds like the B&B (which is no longer) that had the two terriers in the kitchen behind a half door - leaping and lunching at the door and barking throughout breakfast.  For those who think "a dog" in the kitchen mught be a bit freaky, all I could imagine was that terrier x 2 wirey hair going airborne and into my food...

Life is an adventure, that is true.

 

Don't get me started on inn pets in the food prep area or in the dining room begging while I'm trying to eat. And the innkeepers just laughing and thinking this is cute. NO, your dog is NOT cute in the dining room. Nor is your cat. Or your birds. Or hamsters. Or any pet that is giving off hair, noise or smell.

And heaven help you if you say anything! 'No one else has ever complained about Barkster.'

and no one else's babies are cute. I read that the other day someone said they always had the little old ladies smiling at their babies and toddlers and thought they must really love kids. But in reality they are smiling because theirs are grown.  

I actually like most animals, but not in the kitchen staring at me or barking and jumping.

Now THIS is cute:

mouse with teddy

Mouse with teddy

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THAT is adorable....

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Those are adorable. Even if I saw it running thru the house. As long as it was carryng its teddy bear.

 

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You could charge extra for the trick mouse/rat.  JUST NOT at breakfast!  But...If you could teach it to fluff a room for you then you might have something.

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You know... we're trying to figure out how to get guests from the train station to the inn. Given that most driving guests show up in an SUV, I have my doubts they will ever be able to fit themselves and their bags into my wee, little car. In spite of the 4 doors and wayback with hatch.

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have you made sure you are insured?

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camberleyhotelharrogate@yahoo.co.uk wrote:

have you made sure you are insured?

We're not going to do it. Driving guests around requires a chauffeur's license and all the extra insurance. Plus, the car has to be clean all the time!

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 Wow have fun and report back!

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Any innkeeper is always welcome to stay with us!

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Well...who's going to MidAtlantic today ? There's a place to meet ! Mary in Bwater

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Even though I'm no longer an innkeeper, there are many folks on this forum that I would love to meet in person and inn-joy their hospitality at their B&B!

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I want to meet you too!!! We were neighbors and not innkeepers and never met, and now we live far away from each other, both innkeepers and want to meet!!!!

We ARE going to list our B&B for sale and move back home and buy another b&b there.

We are going home for our son's wedding in June... do you ever go back home??? Wouldn't that be wild to go back there to meet?!

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Sunshine I have lived here nearly as long as there. What is different here? When it rains it pours and it is gone within 24 hours. My grandmother lives in Gig Harbor and is 89. So I will be going back in the near future.  My sister lives near Mt Vernon and had a masectomy in September, and my niece is there. So when I go back, it is never for fun reasons now, unfortunately.  Now if our very good friend gets married we would be there and so happy to be!

There are innkeeoers on ocassion here on the forum from Pouslbo and Vashon Island. There used to be one from Pt Townsend. 

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 Hmmmmmm....let me guess.

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Hahaha...you're funny, CL!  Since I have met you and stayed at your B&B, I know what a truly nice person you are, too! 

 

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Hmmm...could it be Catlady that you are going to meet, JB?  The guesses should be interesting!

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I would guess CL, too. I, myself, missed her by a whisker a couple of months ago!

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