The First Day Of Summer Vacation

So Much Beer, So Little Time
So Much Beer, So Little Time

The first day of my summer vacation, I went downtown, to look for a job.

The second day of my summer vacation, I went downtown, to look for a job.

This classic piece from Cheech & Chong’s 1972 Big Bambu popped into my mind a week or so ago, and I posted it on Facebook.

Some friends wondered why I was looking for a job, because I’ve been with the same world-class organization for 27 years.

It got me wondering if you are looking for a job, even if you already have one you love?

While I was simply playing around, truth is – while you already have a job is exactly the best time to be looking for your next one.

Happy Saturday To Everyone

Do you have weekends off?  I do not.  Never have.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I do have Saturday and Sunday off together. However, it’s nothing I can count on.  And I’m okay with that.


Because I work in Central Florida, and many people here have a job that revolves around the world-class Orlando Destinations – Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Florida beaches.

In fact, our home is next door to Disney.  Our Church is next door to Universal Studios.  Sea World is not far either. Our Cub Scout Pack is currently camping at Fort Desoto Beach on Florida’s west coast.

Interesting to note though, my wife Cheryl has had weekends off her entire life.  We, like many Families, just have to figure it out.  And when we do get to have a Saturday off together, we try to balance all the stuff we need to do, with all the stuff we want to do.

The fact that it’s going to be sunny and 82 degrees today should make it easier to decide.  Carpe diem.

A Very Nice Ending

Had a very nice ending to a great week.  The Writer’s Retreat was highly productive.  Set a significant, new benchmark number for weekly website hits.

I attribute this to the both the quality and quantity of time spent learning, and applying what I learned, each day.

I was pleasantly surprised and delighted yesterday morning, when I went to the front office at Mitchell’s Sand Castles , to check on coming back next year.

Frank, who I had just met a week ago, was new.  In fact everyone there was new.  Not new to hospitality.  New to Mitchell’s Sand Castles.

I was nervous about the sweeping change in management and wrote about this at on July 3, in a blog post entitled,  This Reminds Me .

To make a long story short, Frank blew me away with his efforts to go above and beyond to make me feel special.

Sunday mornings are always busy in a Resort, but Frank made me feel like the only customer he had.  I got to know him and really enjoyed building a nice relationship with him.

We’ve been visiting Mitchell’s Sand Castles for 21 years – this was our 23 time, which is how I knew it would be the perfect place for my first Writer’s Retreat.

If you are looking for Old Florida Charm, in a Beach Cottage setting, along with a laid-back, informal atmosphere, on a secluded side of Sanibel Island, Mitchell’s Sand Castles is perfect.

It ain’t the Ritz-Carlton, but we love everything about it, especially the fact that our dog is welcome.

Wish there was more time to write, but I’m back to the real world tomorrow and have go press my white button-down shirt for tomorrow morning.

I miss the Sanibel Island sunsets, the Sanibel sea shelling, the Sanibel beach, the palm trees, the sunshine, the soothing sound of the Gulf of Mexico, and my new friend, Frank.

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂