SERENDIPITY: reprise

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Readers who have followed my blog know that I write to inform people about our new Bed & Breakfast, UltimateBnB. However, my goal is for this blog to be more than a ‘business card’. My hope is that people will discover this place (Victoria BC and Vancouver Island, CANADA), it’s people, it’s culture, and it’s beauty. To that end, I registered for a WordPress U course that lasted for two weeks in early December. One of our assignments was to guest-blog for a classmate. This post was my ‘guest-blog’ for fellow classmate, tomadaonline and it appears on his blog, SUP days are better than others. Thoughts, comments, and ‘likes’ are always welcome and appreciated!


There are literally millions of bloggers in the blogosphere. Some mysterious entity bears upon us and we choose one, or a few to read. Perhaps the title, the author’s avatar, or ? I really can’t say for certain but I think it was the acronym, SUP. What the heck is SUP? …click!

I begin to read about some guy and his love for the water. Empathy! I was born on a tiny island. I look at one of his pictures. It looks like Maine. “Are you from Maine?” I ask. “No, but I’ve travelled there” he replies. He talks about his youth, of surfing and summers by the water. I harken back to the endless fun; the crazy boyhood adventures I had during those early years; getting lost in the fog and being carried out to sea in a dory or jumping off the rocks into a tidal pool at the ‘foxes den’. Glorious fun! Instant affinity! I comment. The author ‘likes’ and follows my blog. I decide to dig deeper and realize even though we were raised worlds apart, there is commonality…lots of it!

In 1973 Tom jumped in his sporty yellow MG convertible and took a road trip. He ended up on Vancouver Island, my home for the past 25 years. If you read his guest blog on my site (Stand Up In Victoria BC) he talks of joyous discovery in Victoria BC. He tells of courtship he witnessed between 2 Kingfishers and the lasting impression it made. Just a few short miles to the North, in Campbell River my band played Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” and Jim Croce’s “Big Bad Leroy Brown” for loggers and working girls. They danced the night away amid another type of courtship.

There’s no telling exactly how many times I may have come close to crossing paths with Tom. I remember a road trip of my own in 1980 where I stayed with a friend in Marin County, just a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. My friend Skip was from New York City and he was the drummer in one of the best bands I ever played in Ajax Blues Band.  He later went on to play for Elvin Bishop and then Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen.

I remember visiting Big Sur during that trip. Wait a minute…could that have been a younger, more daring Tom out there soaring across those thunderous waves while I stood enviously watching from the shore? We’ll never know for sure.

From these coincidences…cogent similarities the seeds of friendship are planted. Tom is a business man; I am a businessman. Tom has travelled the globe; I’ve lived in Europe for a number of years. Tom owns a video production company; I owned a recording studio. There are literally millions of bloggers in the blogosphere…what mysterious entity was the trigger that made each of us go…click? Serendipity!

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What’s In A Name?

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In the world of Vacation Rentals, the name Matt Landau resonates with many property owners. He has accomplished much at Cuatro Tulipanes in Panama City. Mr. Landau is recognized as a force within the industry and revered for his generosity when it comes to sharing knowledge. In his book, The World’s “Most Efficient Primer” on Vacation Rental Marketing he offers 20 actionable tips, each doable in 20 minutes (or so). Tip # 1: Give your vacation rental a name.

When we told our friends the name of our new Bed & Breakfast we were met with gasps and looks of horror. “You’re setting yourself up for failure. Your reviews will be filled with comments like, “it was good, but it was hardly ‘the ultimate”. Others felt that we would come across as arrogant or braggarts and that potential guests would be turned off. What do you think? We’d love it if you would take a minute to answer our poll question and provide a comment.

If you’re interested in our rates, available dates, or if you would like to make a reservation we are listed on the following vacation rental sites:

VRBO

Air BnB

Flip Key

Travel Mob

Thank-you for your interest in Ultimate BnB and please check back often.


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Your Hosts @ Ultimate BnB

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Hi, we’re your hosts Laurie & Faye, and we’re excited to be opening our new, “Ultimate BnB” bed & breakfast. The unit is perfect for  1 or 2 people and is located on Vancouver Island (ranked # 7 In the Best Islands in the World: Reader’s Choice Awards 2015 by Conde Nast magazine) on the Westshore of Victoria BC, Canada.

Faye



About Us: It took nearly 40 years for us to find each other; another 3 years to ‘test the waters’ before taking the plunge. We married on July 15th, 1995 at Sooke Harbour House, a lovely seaside resort just down the road from our current home.

Putting together our Ultimate BnB has been a labour of love. For us, it has been one of those ‘someday’ projects…one we were never quite certain we would actually get to do.

Faye: “I come from a business background but my interests include music, food, gardening and travel. In the mid to late 80’s I was the GM at an import/export wholesaler in Winnipeg MB. It was an exciting time for me because we were among the first companies in Canada to develop trade with China and other countries in the Asian Pacific region. Laurie and I met in 1992 at an industry trade-show in Victoria, BC. While ‘testing the waters’ as Laurie likes to put it, we joined forces and began to grow our tourist retail business, Maple Leaf Gifts. We operated 2 gift shops that anchored either end of the Victoria Conference Centre in a perfect location right next to the famous Empress Hotel. We loved meeting people from around the world and many came back to visit us year after year. I must have made an impression because I was nominated for the City of Victoria’s hospitality award and won it 2 years running. After the successful sale of that business in the spring of 2002 we took some time for travel before launching our current consulting practice where we fill the CFO(Chief Financial Officer) role for a small group of business clients.”

Laurie: “I share many interests with Faye, but with a twist. I am a former professional musician. I graduated Grant McEwan University in Jazz performance in the 80’s while Faye was learning international trade! As an owner of Southern Sound Recording Studios I worked in sound engineering and production. I recorded albums for a variety of artists and worked on radio and TV commercials for both regional and national accounts. I have released an album and a CD under my own name as well. Several years back I was fortunate to be part of Victoria’s Jazz-Fest as a member of the George Essihos Quartet when we opened for Downbeat magazine’s male vocalist of the year, Kurt Elling at Alix Gooldin Hall.  In 2000, we were invited to appear on CBC Radio’s weekly jazz show ‘Hot Air’. At that time it was hosted by Paul Grant. The video posted below is a slide-show I put together from one of our many trips to Tofino, BC. I used the Bill Evans tune ‘Interplay’ that we recorded in Studio 2 in Vancouver as a ‘soundtrack’.

Faye & Laurie – Why we chose Victoria: “We met in Victoria. Like most transplants from elsewhere in Canada, we each, for separate, yet similar reasons looked to ‘find a way’ to live in the most beautiful part of this great country and to be able to enjoy its temperate climate year round. Truthfully, we simply wanted to escape those ferocious and legendary Canadian winters!”