Have you ever noticed how life can sometimes give you little surprises? Some good, some less so, but when viewed in the rearview mirror always a bit ironic. It seems to me that the current crisis is no exception.  Our pandemic is loaded with ironies. For a few examples, consider these:

  • Gas and diesel fuels are the cheapest in decades and we are under shelter in place orders.
  • Who hasn’t wanted to shake a fist at all those big rigs hogging the roads in rush hours?  Now that we are in need of toilet paper and yeast we give them a thumbs up.
  • It takes a federal/state mandate requiring us to stay home to get our families to sit down for a meal together.
  • You find that those little people that live upstairs are really your kids.
  • Remember how you used to bitch about the traffic on the way to work?  Now you wish you could go to work.
  • Many viewed grocery shopping as a real drag, but now wish they could go to the store and buy lots of eggs, flour, meat, etc.
  • Never liked fish, but now you crave it.
  • Things that never seemed very important are critical must-haves now that you don’t have them.
  • That long-awaited trip to Italy or on a cruise ship is suddenly less desirable.
  • How you wish you could have the stodgy people that live next door over for dinner now.
  • When bored, even laundry, cooking, and cleaning house are looked at with less distaste.

What ironies have you noticed in this stressful time?

Ken Vincent
Ken Vincenthttp://sbpra.com/KennethVincent/
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.


  1. HAH, and thanks so much for this, Ken! One irony is that with more time, I’m doing less. Because there’s no urgency for so much, less gets done. My tax stuff is spread all over the kitchen island, as it has been for three weeks.

    The other one is that although I have more time to sit and read, all the libraries are closed! Can’t get books. Don’t own a Kindle, although that’s starting to sound like something I could purchase.

  2. Brilliant Ken!
    Perfectly said.
    Just waking up and not being sick is being exceptionally blessed. I was watching some youtube videos posted by Physicians working emergency in New York–I encourage everyone to watch just one. It will get your head turned around on this period in history.

  3. Sometimes a 2” x 4” to the head gets ones attention! I love the song “Yellow Taxi” – (to rephrase a lyric) sometimes you don’t know what you got until you paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

    Great insight Ken!