Happy New Year! Now that 2009 is done and I have had a couple of days to reflect on what I am about to write here I must say that 2010 is going to be better, much better, than 2009.
We at the Addison had a pretty good 2009. Our guests seem to like what we do and based on their comments we are the top-rated B&B in Florida on TripAdvisor.com and one of the Top Ten Overall B&Bs in the USA according the BedAndBreakfast.com. These two honors are especially meaningful to us because they are based solely on the number and positive quality of our guest reviews. For those of you who posted reviews in the last year… we thank you!
Another big step in the 2009 development of our inn was the recognition of the inn by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a Green Lodging property. This means a lot to Shannon and myself and we both take our commitment to saving and protecting the environment seriously.
For me, however, there is an annual disappointment in the New Year. Back in the 60s and 70s I read Popular Science Magazine every month. We were promised great things back then. By the year 2000 we would have robots that cleaned our homes and cars that flew. What is the quote from the movie Back To The Future? Doc says “Where we are going we don’t need roads!” And what did we get? Roomba, a vacuum cleaner that scoots around on the floor and scares the dogs and cars that are still stuck to the road. We are no closer to living the life of the Jetsons than we were then.
The biggest technological breakthrough that I waited for was the personal jetpack. I could see myself flying to work every day and zipping around on the weekends, high above the ground. Where is this that we were promised? The technology is clearly available as evidenced by this actual unretouched drawing (that is me on the left) from Popular Science magazine.
OK, so we don’t have fusion technology that provides clean, safe energy that is affordable for everyone. Even some kind of small advance would be appreciated. Back in the 70s we had cars that got 30 and 40 miles per gallon. Now, 40 years later, we have hybrid cars that boast the same, or less, mileage.
My Grandmother lived to be 107 years old. She was born in 1898 in England and saw the advent of automobiles, telephones and air travel. It took her 3 months to emigrate from England to the west coast of Canada. She was born before the internet, reliable mail service and the modern shrimping industry. She saw all of this unfold before her eyes over a period of time that included three centuries. Amazing breakthroughs including the taming of electricity, modern antiseptic medical practices and indoor plumbing took place in her lifetime. What have we got? A 3G network that lets you get spam e-mail faster than ever before and the Atra-4 with a closer shave than ever imaginable.
So, with a new decade less than a year away, I implore the industrial and technological powers that be… Don’t waste your energies on a smoother shave, a faster download or even a better Roomba. How about a car that gets 100 miles per gallon of water or fusion energy that can power a city from the contents of an average compost pile? Or better yet, dude, where’s my jetpack?
Again, thank you to all of our guests in 2009, we hope to see you all again soon! Happy New Year.