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I'm employed! (206.8) - Mark's Journal
I'm employed! (206.8)
It's a part-time job, but will go a long way to help me extend what's left of my savings and the severance package Cornell gave me when I was laid off. And, as I said on Facebook, I owe it all to Big Red Hockey -- the greatest community of athletes, family, and fans in the world.

This past weekend in Green Bay, among the folks I was hanging out with were Lynette and Dave, who own and run the William Henry Miller Inn, a gorgeous and well-respected bed & breakfast right in downtown Ithaca. I've never known them well, but I've always enjoyed chatting with them on hockey weekends and at related events, and I've long known they're a favorite of hockey players' parents when they visit town.

They learned about my joblessness while we were all sitting around chatting in the Ramada lobby on Saturday, and Lynette sent me an e-mail on Tuesday. Their assistant innkeeper of 13 years left in January, so she could focus on raising two young kids, and they've been at their busiest ever. They thought I might be interested in working there several hours a day, several days a week, mostly afternoons, checking guests in, recommending nearby eateries (a real stretch for me), and seeing to other guest needs.

I met with them this afternoon, got the grand tour, and accepted their kind offer. Lynnette called the pay "laughable" the other day, but it's actually not bad at all -- well over the minimum wage that I anticipated from what she said. One of the perks is a bit of a danger; I'll get to sample the desserts that are put out every night. :-) When it's slow, Dave said I should feel free to read a book or work on whatever on my laptop, and they understand completely that I'm still looking for a "real" full-time gig. I start on Monday.
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marc_breaker From: marc_breaker Date: March 29th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)



acappellasinger From: acappellasinger Date: March 29th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! Sounds like it will be a good fit until the right full-time position comes along.
emaline412 From: emaline412 Date: March 29th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)


And congrats on being the first reason I've had in AGES to log in to my LJ.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 31st, 2012 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: YAY!

You know, even if your blog is now somewhere else, you're still allowed to come read those of us who are still here!
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: March 29th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
f4f3 From: f4f3 Date: March 29th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent news. I knew Big Red was reputed to find work for idle hands, but I didn't realise he was a hockey fan...
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 31st, 2012 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
jccohen From: jccohen Date: March 29th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good news. Sounds fun for a while, even if not a permanent gig.
kaitl From: kaitl Date: March 29th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome! I was wondering if it was the WHM-- Seth's parents always stayed there when they visited Ithaca and formed a nice relationship with Lynette! Turns out she's part of a B&B Blogging group with a woman who owns a B&B in Seattle, so now Seth's parents stay there when they visit his sister in Seattle!

I hope you enjoy it, even if it is only temporary!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 31st, 2012 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
That's great! I'll ask Lynette if she remembers them. Though I'm not sure I can come up with Seth's last name off the top of my head. :-)

Her blog posts seem to mostly be about recipes, and I think she was both impressed and amused when I went in to meet with them yesterday and could say that I'd poked through some of the posts. They're pretty mouth-watering.
kaitl From: kaitl Date: March 31st, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
His last name is Watts. His parents are Dan and Dorian. Lynette managed to get them in to the WHM for graduation in 2005 because of a cancellation-- those lucky ducks!

I would love to stay there sometime on a return trip to Ithaca (one of these years...)

susandennis From: susandennis Date: March 29th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
that just rocks!!!

i can't wait to hear Mark's Tales from the Inn!
cannedpopcorn From: cannedpopcorn Date: March 30th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats! That sounds like a lot of fun!
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: March 30th, 2012 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats ! Sounds like this will be a great fit for you, especially the food part ... lol ...
rustmon From: rustmon Date: March 30th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tres woot! You are the man.
From: sylrayj Date: March 30th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not only is this a real job, but it could very well be the opening to your next position. :) You never know who you'll meet, and what they do for a living, and if they'd love to have you in their company (as well as their company). :)
mwuah From: mwuah Date: April 3rd, 2012 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
yaaay, awesome!
allyson13 From: allyson13 Date: April 8th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
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