I was considering the licensed trade today. This in itself is an indication of the glass half full thanks sis. I was wondering what it is that draws some of us to the trade. My conclusion is that it is not as obvious as one would first assume.
The role of landlord is not one that is sought after by the most gregarious of characters. It is not the enclave of the party animal as one would, perhaps, expect. I know several landlords who become a host only within their domain. These are people whose entire character changes when they are in their pub.
The happy, effusive and charming character that exists within the trade is not a facade. It is not some false presentation that you see, no deception is at play. But if you change the venue and the people the character shrinks. Where do I fit into this theatre?
I am a person of few friends but many acquaintances. I do not make friends particularly easily and I am far from sociable. That is the role that that landlord is to me, it is a persona that operates in my pub. Within my own environment I become a gregarious character. I want to be sociable, I want people to enjoy the time the spend around me and within my premises. The role of host is one that I enjoy, relish even but only in my world.
How odd that alcohol is so intrinsically linked to our social functioning. Not only does consumption make us more outgoing but the very presence can change our character. I look forward to many years of demonstrating this theory just as soon as I can get my next pub, see you there.