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Birthday at Pintails Lodge

By Wendy Thomas
Published: 03/06/24 Topics: Dog Friendly, Family, Hood Canal, Interview Comments: 0

Heather, an elopement photographer from Seattle, wanted to celebrate her birthday with family and friends.  She and her husband, their toddler, her childhood best friend, and her two rescue dogs headed up to Port Ludlow for a vacation.
 
The Port Townsend area has a special place in her heart, as it’s where she and her husband got engaged.  It’s not their first time staying in Port Ludlow and they know and enjoy how quiet and restful it is. She chose to stay at Port Ludlow Vacation Rentals company, a member of the Vortex VIP lodging managers group.
 
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VIP: What made you come out to Pintails Lodge for your birthday?
 
Heather: We chose it because it was dog friendly, it was on the water, it looked so cozy and inviting, and it’s close to Port Townsend.  
 
VIPs: Glad you thought it looked cozy and inviting!  Was it that way in real life compared to the pictures?  
 
Heather: It was.  It was so welcoming, well appointed, it had great energy, it was cozy, and we loved the water views.
 
We also hadn’t known about the carriage house.  It was such a great set up for us.  My best friend stayed there, and my toddler didn’t wake her in the morning.  The floor plan was great.
 
VIP: What activities did you do while you were in town?
 
Heather: This trip we just chilled together after a really busy season, but the next time I come down I’m bringing my paddle board.
 
VIP: You have your own paddle board?
 
Heather: I really love paddle boarding.  Because the house is right on the water, I’ll bring my own and I’ll be able to go paddle boarding as much as I would like.
 
VIP: Sounds like a great plan!  I hope even without the paddle board you left your vacation feeling relaxed and rested?
 
Heather: Oh my goodness, yes.
 
VIP: You said “the next time”.  Do you think you’ll come back?
 
Heather: We’re already planning to book again with my parents in May or June.
 
VIP: Thanks, Heather!  Can’t wait to have you back again.

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Author: Wendy Thomas – Pintails Lodge, Pintails Lodge
Blog #: 0981 – 03/06/24

Sponsor: Pintails Lodge – Picture yourself sitting back with your eyes closed - the gentle sea breeze blowing through your hair. The faint call of the elegant pintail ducks waivers in and out of your earshot as the sweet and salty smell of the sun hitting the bay wafts across your face. Sit on the veranda overlooking the marina and enjoy the sailboats puttering out toward the crystal blue waters of the Puget Sound, almost weightless in the calm waters. The sunlight dances on the surface and shimmers like gold. – (Click here for Pintails Lodge)

How Dare They Go To Work

By William May
Published: 04/20/20 Topics: Covid-19 Virus, Family, Gratitude, Health Comments: 0

How Dare They Work. Corona Virus.

Really, who the hell do they think they are?

Awakening early every morning, or even in the middle of the night. After too little sleep and too much stress, trudging to a job they love, although they admit it is difficult to love right now. How dare they go to work?

They will often spend 12-hours shifts or much longer and for days on end. Not one day off, not a moment to spend on personal things. No time with family or friends. How do they dare do that to themselves?

Some are paid very well, some paid adequately and others earn far too little. Most will receive nothing extra for the insurmountable obstacles they confront. How do they dare to work at all when others would not?

And yet, they persevere and get up and go to a job they know will be very frustrating. They know it is also rewarding, but that it will not feel that way every day. They do not dare to think about relief, at least not yet.

At the job, they will toil hour after hour, often with no time to eat or take a break. Squeezing in a bathroom break is necessary, but even that feels like wasting time. They will be confronted with thing after thing to do. Work upon work. No rest for the weary.

There will be a non-stop demand to do the difficult, the impossible and even the frightening. They won't feel up to the task all the time, but they will step up to the tasks every time. How dare they do that to themselves?

They see weeks of challenge ahead, maybe months, maybe years. They refuse to look for the finish line, because every champion runner puts one foot ahead of the other knowing it’s the only way to finish. They think about quitting, but only rarely, because quitting would make it more difficult for others. They dare not let anyone down.

As the world begins to show its gratitude for these wonderful human beings, they will still feel inadequate, because the mission is so huge and for now seemingly impossible. How dare they believe they can make it better?

These people are not necessarily glib with their words. They have no time for pontificating. They have no time to complain. They do not seek glory or even recognition. They would not dare direct any attention to themselves.

Every one of them knows the risk of physical illness, mental duress, financial hardships and family stress. They know these things, so how do they continue on? Would anyone else dare?

They dare because the task is at hand. The challenge is now. They dare not wait. They dare not fail. They will not let that happen, no matter how long it takes and no matter the personal cost. How dare they believe they are life givers?

Doctors, nurses, caregivers, counselors, therapists, pharmacists, ambulance drivers, EMTs, first-responders, administrators, janitors and every employee at every hospital, all dare to come to work - and we must all be so grateful that they do.

These people dare because they are different than most of us. Very different. Most dreamt of their career as a calling. They have always known it would be difficult, but they never dared to think it would be like this. But they did know that they could and would act in ways the rest of us cannot promise. They dare to go to work because they saves lives.

Whether you believe in God or you do not, whether you can donate to their cause or not, whether you have suffered from illness or not, it is now time to give thanks that somehow there are people like them in the world.

It is time thank them for dedication that is immense, commitment that is astounding, and for courage that is unending. How dare they?

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Author: William May, Plumbob Publishing
Blog #: 0743 – 04/20/20

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