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Guests who order a package and then show up 4 hours early. The package isn't ready for them. They were specifically told to tell us if their plans changed for arrival time.

So, now their food is ready (a time they choose when they arrived at 1) and they are nowhere to be found.

I'm going back to writing my novel where I use ingenious methods for bumping these guests off.

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Oh Flower, you're in such a bad spot right now. I'm so sorry! Above all other things, be safe.

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Stress is when, after eating at another little restaurant in town, they email you and tell you that you are a spy, unprofessional, untrustworthy, etc.  

I kept repeating the mantras, not my circus, not my monkeys.

 

(thought about reposting the message here, but I am trying to not be apart of the drama)

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jmj wrote:

Stress is when, after eating at another little restaurant in town, they email you and tell you that you are a spy, unprofessional, untrustworthy, etc.  

I kept repeating the mantras, not my circus, not my monkeys.

 

(thought about reposting the message here, but I am trying to not be apart of the drama)

Wow! Are you supposed to stay home forever? Maybe next time you go out you need to ask permission. Is it ok if we eat here, we own a restaurant down on the beach.

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Ha! I know, we went out last night and I was a little nervous. The sad part was we had been there once before and the lady owner had been so nice to us. But its all starting to make sense, her comments, her thoughts. And now, her sob story of how her daughter in law won't let her son have contact with her...I should have seen the signs. 

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Stress is when a forest fire crests over the hill. And you wonder if it is coming down the hill. Are you next ?

We have fires all around us. Washington smoke is surrounding us. We are getting cancelations . People are scared. News media is not helping .

They have closed the park as the mountain is just so dry. They don't want any cars to drive on the road going up, incase of a fire.

Next business is bad. Three strikes and we are out.

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Sending good thoughts your way and hoping that the fire burns itself out before it does more damage.

 

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Fingers crossed for you.

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So sorry to hear this. My problems are small in comparison. Hope you get some rain soon.

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I am so sorry. I feel your stress, having lived through the same in Colorado the last few years. Not good.

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yeppie. The winds shifted this afternoon and the fire went down the other side of the mountain where there are no homes to worry about. We are safe for another day.

This weekend was going to be a special weekend for all. But they had to cancel people coming and close down the provincial park . The mountains are just so dry any spark could set off a fire. We are all crying cause we lost more people staying in accommodations.  Oh well it won't matter what we say the media says it all.  I am tonight thank full for another day . It is supposed to be much cooler tomorrow so that will help the people fighting fires. Can't imagine there stress level.

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This is good news - thanks for sharing. I've been thinking of you.  Visited that area many times when I lived in the PNW and it's hard to see things like this.  I'm sorry for the loss of bookings.  Does your insurance have a rider for "loss of business income"?  I've used that for hurricanes that have affected business, and it was a life saver for me.

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Yes they do BUT only if I was order out of my home.

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Your stress trumps everything - something I wish were not true. Compared to you, I HAVE no problems. You are in my prayers.

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Prayers for your safety and that they get those fires under control.

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Flower wrote:

 

We have fires all around us...We are getting cancelations . People are scared...business is bad. Three strikes and we are out.

You have stress all right. So sorry. Lets hope some rain comes soon!

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Thank You all. I do appreciate your good thoughts. So far the winds have pushed back the fire to the other side of the mountain. But fires create their own weather!  So I am hoping this will stop but it is fire season now and lots of trees to burn . Which bring snakes, birds running for cover and animals trying to get away from it all. Being an animal lover I feel for them.

My worse fear is lighting!!!! man we don't need that right now that could be .. well Iam trying not to think of that.

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Living in tornado country, I think fires are the most scary thing.  So sorry you have this to deal with on top of your other challenges this year.  Stay safe.

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Stress is:

Having the Internet go down on Saturday afternoon with a full-house scheduled AND no Library open to be able to check e-mail. (No Internet = no wifi). So i check e-mails on my iPhone but I can never get it to send replies. Tonight the Public Works Supervisor came over and figured it out. The router died. He had one at his house, got it, and came back and hooked it up and got everything working. Asked him how much and he said nothing, he w just glad to see it get used. I folded up a 50 so he could not see the numbers and told him I did not want to hear any argument. I figure I got off cheap.

AND as I was typing this, I got notified of an online reservation - the guest who wlked in last time they were here saying, "Where do you have us going this time?" This is their 4th visit. Super guests. Woohoo!

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Stress is...

9 room night cancelations today.

So yeah, I'm making money on cancellation fees but I'd rather have the rooms!

We were just talking about how scary it is to have to figure this whole money thing out as the phone kept ringing with people sorry they couldn't come on vacation.

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Ohhhh, I want to read that book!

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Stress is:

Having a honeymoon couple here for 5 days in our cottage. Of course they were asked about any food issues and even likes/dislikes. Delivered a 4 course breakfast every morning and an hour later, their basket is put outside for us to pick up.

I know I shouldn't care, but I can't help it!

Every day I tried to find a different type of breakfast to serve them, thinking I would hit on it eventually.

Each day, most of the breakfast was not even touched. Not even tasted! Even the baked goods were returned...eggs, fruit, pastries, biscuits, etc.

They checked out today and here's what we found that they must have been eating for breakfast:

It really does take all kinds!

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The food that came back totally untouched became breakfast for DH.

I didn't question them about it because it's the first time they've been to a b&b and I didn't want them to be embarrassed or uncomfortable. I don't think I actually could have found anything they really wanted to eat that was within the norm of our breakfasts!

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WHAT?  Did you ask them about breakfast after you saw they weren't eating it?  I would have just stopped giving it to them. What a waste of your time and food. GRRRRRRR.

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

Each day, most of the breakfast was not even touched. Not even tasted! Even the baked goods were returned...eggs, fruit, pastries, biscuits, etc.

 

I would be beside myself!  Yes, that is stressful.  I think I would have asked them what they would like after the first two days so I wouldn't waste any more food and be irritated the next two days.  Argh!

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This has been happening the past couple of weeks and I totally understand now why restaurants won't seat you until your whole party has arrived.

One person from a group comes and sits. They want to eat NOW! The spouse, kids, friends can eat later!

But they won't relinquish the table. No, my spouse, kid, friends are coming.

One day, each person came 15 minutes after the previous one. We kept making breakfast for one table for an hour!

Over the weekend two separate tables asked for seconds!!! We hadn't even fed half the guests and now these guests want seconds. It was 9:45 and we still hadn't finished making breakfast for guests who had arrived 30 minutes before!

Where I was going with this was a room today where 2 guests are in the room but a friend showed up to drive them around. One guest and the friend sat down and I asked if the other guest was eating. Oh, no, she never eats breakfast. Of course she wanted breakfast today but showed up 5 minutes before she had to leave. She sent the other two out to get the table and get her breakfast made so she didn't have to sit there! They told me no breakfast and she got no breakfast.

Other stressor... Am I supposed to be feeding the friend who is going to show up everyday to drive the guests? I'm not planning on it! Being as we were only supposed to have one guest in that room and now there are two and the early morning friend.

Because of the second guest we now have to serve breakfast early for a week. 

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No wonder your stomach is in knots!! mine is just reading this. i want to SCREAM!!!!!

No breakfast for the friend! against health dept. rules...only feed paying guests.

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EmptyNest wrote:

No wonder your stomach is in knots!! mine is just reading this. i want to SCREAM!!!!!

No breakfast for the friend! against health dept. rules...only feed paying guests.

You know it's awkward all around. There she sits with everyone else and she's the only one not eating. You know other guests are wondering why we're not feeding her!

I'm actually not knotty anymore! A couple of twinges now and then but mostly ok!

 

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How frustrating! Definitely do not feed the friend! Two breakfasts. period.

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