Looking back over some of the previous posts that I've put here on the website, I realize that it may appear to the uninformed reader that I dislike my job, that I am sometimes overly critical of some of the guests that I encounter. It may even appear that I downright hate my job. I would like to explain that the vast majority of the time, I do love my job. I like the people I work with, at both hotels, as well as at the Domino's that I work at. And sometimes I even like the customers, or guests.
While the goal of RobHolecko.com, as the tagline goes, is: "Striving to be the internet source for information for, by, and about Rob Holecko" the medium that I use to reach that goal is humor. In all of the articles, both the full length feature articles as well as the random postings, such as this one, the underlying tone of them all is meant to be funny. Certainly anyone reading the Sept. 18 posting, "Pete & Shorty's" could detect that I took a slight amount of liberty in the writing of it, for amusment's sake. Do you really think that I hate the guests at the hotel so much that I couldn't even stand to wait there while they chatted to me? I couldn't get up each morning and try to do my job if that was the case. Do things like that annoy me? Yes. But do I really need to exert so much energy in letting it bother me? Maybe not. Should I devote my spare time to trying to "get back" or "get even" with these fools, by putting it here on the "internet"? Probably not. Is that a foolish endeavor, a waste of time, especially when everyone else at the hotel can live with things like this, or else they woudn't be in the business? Probably.
This is Debbie Downer, not Rob
The fact of the matter is 95% of the time I do love my job(s). It's just that its the other five percent of the time that provides the encounters that are worthy of documenting here. There's not really that much that I can do with a smooth check-in to make it funny enough to detail it with a "humorous antedote."
The other day, I was working at the beach hotel and I checked this couple into one of our "cabana" rooms. At the time they were really excited about it, they had heard the description of the room, particular happy about being able to walk right out onto the beach. I explained how the rooms' patio was separated from the common pool area with the planters, and as I was checking them in, I also mentioned some other amenities, as well as how the rooms are a little larger than the other rooms, and the two king beds.
Well they got to the room, and they came back down to the desk about five minutes later and said they were disappointed. "It just wasn't what we expected." We talked for a little while, and after hearing them out, hearing their concerns and their thoughts about the hotel and their expectations, I offered them to move to Room 223 - this is a unique room that has a jacuzzi and a king size bed, and I thought that they'd be happy with that room.
Not only did they call me and tell me how much they loved the room, on Friday morning I stopped by the hotel - not in uniform, no name tag on - and passed them in the lobby, and they stopped me again and said, "Rob, again, we just wanted to tell you how much we love that room. Thanks again."
Yes, I do get a little satisfaction out of that sort of thing - I'm only human. And, yes, I probably have as many of those type of moments as I do negative ones. It's just that the negative ones are a whole lot easier to write up into a funny little story here for the website.
I understand that it may appear to those reading that I dwell on the negative, but the truth is lately I've been busy. Between the three jobs, I worked 71 hours last week and 66 this week. I'm not whining about that, it's been purely my choice. I just haven't had as much time to update the website as I'd like.
If I did, I'd put more on here than just complaints about hotels guests and my football picks. We all went out on Tuesday to celebrate a friend's 21st birthday - sang some karaoke, etc. Last week the front desk staff at one of the hotels I work at had our "Outing" - we went to Sam Seltzer's and drank Apple-tinis, and on Monday I finally got to play some golf (with my own clubs for the first time since July), as I went out with Chad and Leo. All of these events managed to sneak under the radar here at RobHolecko.com simply because I haven't had time to sit down and write as much as I'd like. (Not to mention I still have plenty of pictures from my various travels this summer to get on here.)
Sunday, however, I'm going to sit down and with one eye on the Bucs beating the Packers, I'm going to try to get some quality computer time and get this whole thing updated as far as past events and photos go. Also, I'm going to try to finish my media project and have all of my DVD's listed so you all can take a look at my collection and see what movies I have that you don't.
And I'll also, in the future, I'll try to balance out the negative stories with maybe a few positive ones, although I'll warn you in advance, the positive ones won't be as funny.