Twas the night before Fishmas and all through the Sierra,
trout in the rivers were filled with sheer terror.
Fishmas, otherwise known as Mono County Fish Season Opening Day (yeah, Fishmas sounds better), is the best day of the year for Eastern Sierra fisherman. Beginning mid-November when trout season closes, fishermen dream of Fishmas, and when New Years rolls around, they spiffy their tackle and make their plans to be there.
When I was a teenager with permed hair, neon cropped t-shirts, and Hammer pants, I cleaned villas on Hilton Head Island for pocket money.
Back then, Hilton Head was a sleepy, upscale resort, with a year-around population of 8,000 and a tourist influx of a bazillion high-end tourists each year. Gas was $1.25 a gallon. There was 1 traffic light. But cleaning up after guests was still a chore.
As a college student and young woman, I went on to admin level jobs at hotels and villa complexes and realized how important checklists are to standardize cleaning and maintenance tasks and to ensure quality control.