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Good News/Bad News

by Alaina on September 2, 2010 · 7 comments

Good News

Starting September 15, I’ll be the newest member of the concierge team at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston! About a month ago I was approached by one of the concierge to see if I was interested in applying for the job to replace another team member who was moving elsewhere in the hotel. I decided to give it a shot, and they hired me!

Reasons I LOVE this hotel:

  • Right in the middle of Boston – close to Newbury Street, the South End and Beacon Hill.
  • I love the concierge team that I will be working with. One of them was the Concierge of the Year in 2009 and he is going to bring me around the area to meet restaurant managers, vendors, etc…
  • The hours should be a little bit better than my previous job.
  • And this cute girl right here:


That is Catie Copley, the canine ambassador for the hotel.

She was trained as a seeing eye dog, but developed cateracts before she was able to be “certified”. She was also too friendly, so she became the office dog. When she was around 2 years old, the hotel adopted her. Apparently part of the job requires frequent interactions with her (i.e. taking her for walks or taking pictures of her with various guests). We also don’t work with her, we work for her. She is so freakin’ adorable though. I’m very excited. :-)

And now…

Bad News

Yesterday I received a call at work from my mom to tell me that my grandfather had been admitted to the critical care unit at the VA hospital he’s been staying at. (He had a severe case of Alzheimers). A few hours later, I called to get a quick update and mom (who didn’t want to tell me until after I left work) told me that Grampy had passed away not too long after I had talked to her. Apparently pneumonia had set in and took him within the hour. He had just turned 80 years old. :-(

I was very lucky that he was able to see his eldest granddaughter get married:

He was such a great whistler too:

RIP Grampy. You will be greatly missed.

Richard Edward Bliss
August 20, 1930 – September 1, 2010

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Matt September 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

I am really sorry to hear about your grandpa. Having a loved one in the hospital is a difficult situation for anyone.

And good luck on your new job!


2 thejoggingconcierge September 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

You’re welcome! I love your blog. The fact that you’re super fast and love burgers. :-)
I’m looking forward to the new job as well.
Have a great day!


3 lifeisbeachykeen September 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Aw, I’m sorry to hear about your Grampy.. that brought tears to my eyes. The picture of him, and i’m assuming that is your Grandma is so cute! You have some great pictures, and i’m sure great memories of him!

Congrats on your new job! That is a cute pup!


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