Cape May Job Change Two Months Later
The boss called at 10 minutes to six on Tuesday, shortly after I left the office for the day. What could be wrong ( I wondered) after my Cape May job change, two months later? Nothing was wrong. He called to let me know the ocean was calm, the warmest he’d felt it. He thought it would be a good idea to tell me, in case I wanted to go for a swim.
This is the new normal. The boss is relaxing more. The boss is spending more time at home and on special projects. The staff seems relieved to have me on board. Guests are enjoying my presence, noticing I am attentive to the property. This is what I do.
Two months after the move and job change, things are settling down. A pattern is developing. Tuesdays are a full day off, largely without interruption. After 15 years of life behind a front desk, life a block away from work is peaceful. You notice things. Like how much stuff people unpack from cars for day trips to the beach.
You notice how many different landscape companies invade the neighborhood each day. Who has manicured lawns, and where the master gardeners live.
Mid-July is a time when hospitality professionals though in-stride, start feeling fatigued. We quietly complain to each other. Though we fully understand this is the lifestyle we chose. Fellow blogger Rachel Shubin wrote this week it’s a glass is a half-full arrangement.
We all complain a little. Then we read about Cape May through a visitor’s eyes. Cannan Merchant pointed out all the positives about how Cape May deals with saturation. It was a nicely written article.
In addition to Cape May being a well-planned city, I am still hearing rave reviews of our public transportation system. Imagine, a Victorian town with free public transportation!
Friends had advised me that my personal brand reputation was portable. Meaning that the social media presence I enjoyed at my last job would follow me to the Sea Crest. In one month on the job, the Sea Crest Inn was featured in a magazine article. Later that month we were featured on News 12 Road Trip with a segment for Cape May. The boss started popping champagne.
At the mid-July point locals, whether in hospitality or not, start to think about what they want to experience different before summer is over. For me, its been a long, long time since I traveled to Wildwood for a slice of Mack’s or Sam’s pizza. Suzanne wants to get in a game of mini-golf.
What’s on your summer to-do list this year? Summer of 2019 might go down as the summer I tried Proscecco–and liked it.