We just completed a four-day B&B workshop in Santa Barbara. Wow, what an eye-opener: This is not the semi-retirement I had imagined; this was two full-time jobs at half-time pay! The odd thing is, I’m more excited than ever! I think I just need a change – I’ve been doing computer programming for 20 years now – and it doesn’t get any more different than this.

We took a poll and they preferred “Speedwell Forge” – we want to be “elegant” and they said “Grandma’s House” was just homey. They also recommended whirlpool bathtubs, so we’re trying how to work that into a colonial theme…

Next month, the Professional Association of Innkeepers (PAII) is having a concert in Rhode Island. That’s not too far from Pennsylvania, right?