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I wanted to start out the day today, with no guests here, letting you know that I appreciate you.

For every whim of guests or persons who are here today and gone tomorrow, nit picking, personal attacks, glass half empty, snotty, curmudgeon-y, misery-on-wheels, there are those who do not tell you how great you are. Those who simply assume you know that what you do makes a difference in their life. It could be as simple as a smile at check-in that changes their whole perspective. It could be soft sheets and a good night sleep...we ne'er know from where or what our guests have come, the daily battles in their own lives.  At times it is easy for the critics to let the words slip off the keyboard online, not caring that it affects us in a real way.

So for that, I wanted to say how much I value each and every person on this forum.

Many of us here have opposing world viewpoints, and it doesn't really matter. You see that is what this is all about, we value each other as human beings, and as innkeepers. Our inns are different, our pov is different, but we can still lift each other up.

No one else wants to encourage, they only want to tear down.  

We are here to lift each other up, even if it means by disagreement at times. I hope no one grows faint of heart for this forum, we can get mad and come back. We can block someone's comments, and then unblock later on...we are all individuals, and run our own show. We are head strong, but also heart strong. Thank you for your participation to this forum, don't let the naysayers drag you down. 

KEEP YOUR STICK ON THE ICE!

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WOWzzers! that is a well thought out strong statements. Thank you heartJB

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Our Inn is that much better for the advice and camaraderie that I have found here.  I know that I am not alone in this adventure - I have all of you.  When we started, I had never even stayed at a B&B before, so I knew nothing.  You ALL helped me in so many ways to make this Inn the thriving business that it has become.  The people around me are tired of hearing "On the Innkeeper Forum...", but frankly I don't care.  I learn when I ask questions, I learn when I read your comments to others' questions and I learn from the disagreements.  But, like JB said, we all come back together with hugs, licking our wounds and don't give it another thought.  It's like sibling rivalry - fighting one minute and sticking up for each other the next.  Luv you guys!  cool

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It (1) the learning but (2) its the you are not the only one - ie on the other thread another owner was worrying because people come as a walk in look at rooms and don't stay - its good to know you aren't alone, we get this now and again but I don't let it worry me, they just clearly am looking for something that isn't what I provide.

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Glad you put it into words for us.  Big hugs especially for those of you getting ready for the leaf peepers.

 

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Thank you for that, JB and "ditto" from me.  

I know that I dish it out in the wrong tone of voice here often but still you haven't thrown me out of here.  I am grateful to read about your fun days and disappointing days. I now know that I am not alone feeling battered sometimes. 

Before this gets to the mushy stage, cheers to all of you

 

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Thanks to their "hand-holding" DH is still walking and the numbers that know where the He fty bags and T ide and never saw a thing are still unused - so far..... Guests are a "piece of cake".

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Love it JB!! ditto what everyone else said! I would not have made it past the first 6 months without you all! I'm looking forward to meeting you ( I still can't believe we lived so close, had the same friends and never met!!)! A BIG hug is getting stored up for you all!! And yes, YOU are getting another hug!! 

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yes

You hit the nail on the head!

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Jolly good!

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Very nicely worded, and needed.  heart

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heartsmileyheartyes

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This forum is so unique and we're like a big, loving family with all the good and bad that goes with it. We are a family that no one else understands.

Thank you all!

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Someone going incoginto? When did you become a Divo?

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

Someone going incoginto? When did you become a Divo?

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=divo

Divo: The male version of a Diva

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

Someone going incoginto? When did you become a Divo?

Maybe it was spelled wrong, maybe it was meant to be:

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Sentimental..  Philosophical...   Maybe I need to book a trip to the USA just to visit you 'all .....

 

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Bommelhoeve wrote:

Sentimental..  Philosophical...   Maybe I need to book a trip to the USA just to visit you 'all .....

 

You are welcome ANY TIME. Fly into DC there are a few inns within 4 to 5 hours of there on this forum (a couple even closer). yes

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Bommelhoeve wrote:

Sentimental..  Philosophical...   Maybe I need to book a trip to the USA just to visit you 'all .....

...or we could all come to the Netherlands!

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I look forward to it - and I know the difference between Holland and The Netherlands!

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And I can't wait to give ya'll a hug when I meet you!  smiley

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The help I've received from forum members has prevented so many problems  - just because you all help me keep ahead of Murphy in so many ways.  I've still messed up at times.  I have double booked, forgotten a birthday and other errors, but the collective wisdom of you all have led to many preventive measures that have avoided some very costly errors.  Reading this forum for several months would be my best advice for aspirings, and continuing to read and participate will lead to some very valuable friendships, as well as virtual hugs when you need them most. 

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Thank you, JB. I think you have expressed the feelings of a lot of us. Each of us has probably felt a barb at one time or another - often because it hits home - but could not bear to not talk to our friends. Although some come and go, real friendships have been forged here without the cumbersome details of actually being face-to-face.

I admit to a few times of flipping the bird at the monitor, storming off, and coming back.  Friends always come back because who else is going to give you a shoulder to cry on or the pat on the back when you really need it. Who else is going to understand that small triumph (or disaster that seems SO BIG) when we are so many miles from another B & B who would understand. Also because we are so different and so far apart we do not suffer from the "put on the happy face" syndrome that all is well when we are drowning. We can admit we are drowning and know someone will thrown the "lifeline" to make us laugh or give the "poor baby" that we need to get back on track and move on. We do not have to "impress" each other. Those who want to do the "impress" routine or only hear what they want to hear, do not stay. They cut and run when the truth is told. Only FRIENDS can say the truth to friends and have it be understood as being a friend's truth.

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Amen!

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