I know. I can hear your eyeballs rolling from here. “Your front door, Bob? Why not write something more interesting like about the lint trap in your dryer?” Well, stop rolling your eyes and I’ll try to make this interesting.
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Shrimp Fest 2010 was a big success. All of the guests at the Addison enjoyed themselves watching the parade and cruising the artist’s booths. Judging by all the bags and packages being brought back to the inn the guests did a pretty good job of stimulating the local artistic economy. The food downtown was plentiful and, from a small dog’s point of view, there was enough food dropped on the ground to keep everyone happy.
The next big food event in Fernandina Beach is the first annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook Off being held August 27th and 28th. There is $20,000 in prize money up for grabs with separate categories for pros and “backyard” cooks. There are categories for chicken, brisket, pork and, my favorite, ribs.
So, do you think you are Master of The Grill in your neighborhood? Maybe you should come to Fernandina Beach in August and see how you stack up against the big dogs and your peers. If you do enter the contest and cook up some nice ribs please keep an eye out for a small black dog pulling a big guy around the cook off. I do love ribs and as Blanche Dubois said in A Streetcar Named Desire, “Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”.
Woof! Bob asked me to give a different perspective on the blog by writing about my experiences here on Amelia Island. It is a tough life being the inn dog and my days are pretty full but I’ll give this writing thing a try. I don’t have opposable thumbs but I’ve been watching Bob type and he doesn’t use his thumbs so it shouldn’t be too hard.
If I may put the record straight on a point of discussion. One-Eyed Louie has two eyes. One-Eyed Louie has always had two eyes. He was given “One-Eye”, his Pirate nickname, because of the way he looks out of the window. We get quite a crowd on the verandah for Happy Hour some evenings and Louie wants to see what is going on. He pushes the blinds aside and looks out with one side of his beagle head pressed against the window.
It was a sad day at the Addison when One-Eyed Louie moved out. We feared we would never see him again as he now lives too far away to run to work and he can’t drive or ride a bike (the whole no opposable thumbs evolutionary thing). That all changed today with the introduction of Louie’s Limo, his new pull-behind ride.
We took him on a test ride today. He was OK getting into his limo and sat nicely while he was pulled around the block behind the bike. He was trembling a bit at first but got used to it quite quickly and now hops in and out easily. The front screen door zips up to keep him safely inside and has a plastic window in case of rain.
Now One-Eye can come to work every day and hang out with Maggie Doone and life at the inn is as it should be.
We have had great news here at the Addison this week. BedAndBreakfast.com (the industry leader in B&B directories) has announced their annual award winners and the Addison was one of the Top Ten Overall in the USA. The really cool thing about this award is that it is all based on guest comments! We received so many positive comments from so many guests that we are in the Top Ten of all the B&Bs in the US. Guest comments have also driven us to be the Number One B&B in Florida on TripAdvisor.com. So, on behalf of Shannon, Lee, myself and the Housekeeping Staff… THANK YOU for visiting us and giving us such great reviews.
We have had some really interesting guests lately, too. We even had a celebrity but we can’t really say anything about her without giving it away and as my good friend Bob used to say “Discretion is my middle word”. Another guest, Will, was with us for a few days and we shared foreign travel stories. After he left he sent me a picture of his time (1958) in Saudi. He was such a handome young Air Force officer back then and you can still see it in him now. Another of our recent guests was an engineer in the Apollo program. I tell you, my friends, Happy Hour has had some really interesting conversations flowing lately.
All bloggers know that you have to include a photo. Although entirely unrelated to our award, our celebrity guest or anything else I have rambled on about I present you another photo of Maggie Doone sitting at the bar at the Green Turtle. That is Maggie on the stool, Louie under the stool (he doesn’t like sitting on the stools) and the hulking mass on the stool next to them is yours truly.
Balance is important in our lives. If you can find that balance between work life, social life and family life then you have the start to a happy life. If you enjoy going to work and enjoy coming home after work then you have a pretty good start. I think that Shannon and I are on that path through the good life. We both thoroughly enjoy what we do, we get along well together (25 years of marriage in November) and people we meet every day seem to be enjoying it too. To all of our guests who have stayed with us, enjoyed the experience and have posted such great comments, again THANK YOU!