In Which the Prof Welcomes A Countryman

I’m spending a couple of days in Resort Town right now, before I return to Spackle Manor to greet 2012 with Clan Mondo and special guest the Major (Ret.). So today I wandered down to breakfast, where I noticed something I’ve observed on previous visits here: The hospitality industry around here is dominated by folks from way out of town. I don’t know who owns the hotels, but the people I run into who actually deal with the customers in restaurants, souvenir shops, and the like are more likely than not to have come from other continents. Eastern Europe seems to predominate, but I also hear Latin, Caribbean, and African accents on my visits. (What that says about the suitability of locals for these gigs is a discussion for another time.)

In any event, I wasn’t surprised to hear an Eastern European accent from the restaurant’s manager/maitre d’/cashier, even as we talked about the NFL (I was wearing a Bengals T-shirt). So when I was taking care of the check, I asked him about his accent. He told me he was from the Czech Republic. I also noticed a couple of books he kept at his station. One was on hospitality management, and the other interested me as well. I asked how long he had been here, and he lit up: “Long enough to become a citizen of the greatest country in the world — the United States of America!”

“Congratulations,” I said. “We’re glad to have you.”  I don’t know what I’ll do in my remaining 40 or so hours in Resort Town, but I think I’ve already had a highlight of my trip — and I’m going back for breakfast tomorrow.

About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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4 Responses to In Which the Prof Welcomes A Countryman

  1. My experience in two east coast resort towns is very similar. Lots of Czechs and Ukrainians. In a few more years I’ll be able to hone my ear to tell the difference between Russian and Ukranian.

  2. I should have also written that our nation needs more people who truly love and appreciate her.

  3. dave.s. says:

    Perfect Phrases for Dealing with Difficult Situations at Work: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Coming Out on Top Even in the Toughest Office Conditions ….

    “Thank you for your views. Your views are important to me, and I’ll give them the attention they deserve.”

  4. J. Otto Pohl says:

    Ukrainian has a lot more hard e sounds and Polish words. But, my experience is that most Russians and even Eastern Ukrainians never lose their “Soviet mentality” even after they become US or other citizens. This will take a couple of generations. Central Europeans like the Czechs are different. Their parents and certainly grandparents remembered what it was like before communism and so the trans-generational reproduction of internalized socialism did not establish and reproduce itself like it did in the USSR. Most Russians and Central Asians, even young people, still think Stalin was the greatest possible political leader the world has ever seen. Not because they are ignorant of his brutality, but because they admire his brutality and think it was a good thing.

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