This Spa Changed My Life (with a twist)
Finally, I have been given the go ahead to begin my blog! After months of preparation, the start date has arrived, February 16, 2006. And since my husband and I just celebrated our 22nd Valentine’s Day together – and 20 years of marriage – it seems appropriate that I begin my blog by sharing with you that we met at a spa!
The scene: the Golden Door in Escondido, California. I was managing the fitness department at the time and it was September Men’s Week where men only enjoyed a one week stay (admittedly one of the staff’s favorite weeks of the year). Since I was doing medical intakes that day, I remember an attractive gentleman, Peter, who came into my office wearing gray-issued warm-ups; he gave me a rather quick summary of his medical history – including a bad shoulder from a skiing accident which might limit his abilities in some of the activities (I later saw no evidence of this in the competitive water volleyball games he attended religiously). His stay at the Golden Door (his first) was somewhat unremarkable to me because he seemed quiet and, in my memory, he blended in with the group. In fact, when he called me a week later to ask me out to dinner, I had to pull the guest files to look at his photograph and remember which one he was. (He doesn’t like my telling that part of the story. But it is true!) Well, fortunately I said yes to dinner and both of us can say, quite truthfully, that a spa changed our lives – forever!
In the future I will share with you how my husband, a spa-virgin at the time, came to love the industry and now, as CEO of Spa Finder, is a dominant force in shaping its future. And, of course, there are many other spa adventures past, present, and future, which will be sure to make for some interesting reading. Please join me on this spa blogging journey!