The first news of this new year is that last year’s holiday canned food drive was an unexpectedly huge success! Jerry, our director of sales and marketing, had the idea and it’s the kind of idea that no one can really shoot down without looking like a jerk, but we honestly did not have such high expectations for the project because, really, most non-perishable donation drives end up getting stocked with the dusty, unwanted contents of people’s pantries. A hotel, then, should have a pretty hard time, as none of you have access to your decades-old cans of beets when you’re here with us. Nor would you be at the grocery store anyway and just toss an extra can in while you were there. And yet the barrels filled. And then they spilled over. Even with a certain front desk worker, who shall remain nameless, treating those barrels like a lunch counter, we far exceeded our goal. What this means is that not just some, but lots of you went out of your way to go out and buy a can of soup or a bag of rice to bring to our drive.
Starting off a new year, there’s always so much talk about new beginnings, clean slates, fresh starts. Not that those aren’t really useful metaphors for people stuck in their ruts, but it’s nice, here at this hotel, to feel no need for any of that motivational imagery. We’re doing well. Our barrel runneth over, if you’ll forgive me for finding a cliché that does apply. Thank you all for your donations.