Conversation with my mother during a recent road trip:
Me: The country out here is beautiful
Mom: Yeah, wouldn't it be great to open a bed and breakfast out here?
Me: In theory yes, but I think it would be hard work. Not sure I'm up to it.
Mom: It wouldn't be hard work. You could just hire someone to do the work for you.
Me: I've known a few people who have B&B's and most of them are barely scraping by. I doubt I'd be able to afford to hire anyone.
Mom: What you do is hire a college girl who needs extra money. She could be your maid and you'd give her a room. Then you can enjoy your place and just hang out and write and talk to the neighbors.
Me: (scratching head). Mom...that's the plot of Newhart.
Mom: And you could get a handy man to live there too.
Me: Let me guess...he's a lovable yet dimwitted local with a knack for fixing things. And he lives down in the basement right?
Mom: Yes! Wouldn't that be fun?
Me: Still Newhart.
Mom: Or you could hire someone from another country who could work cheap. A maintenance man.
Me: Mom, that's the plot of Fawlty Towers.
Husband: (laughs out loud). Yes, I do believe your Inn would be more like Fawlty Towers.
Me: (getting frustrated). The owner of Fawlty Towers never looks like he is having fun. He just wants to be left alone but the Inn keeps falling apart.
Mom: I don't know why he isn't having fun. I'd have fun if I owned an Inn. I'm still not sure why he's at war with his wife. But I think he is secretly having fun.
Me: (bites lip). You do realize these are TV shows right? That people like me sit around writing things and none of this is real?
Mom: Of course I realize that! But it does look like fun. Especially when you have neighbors like the Daryl brothers.
Husband: Honey...leave her alone.
Mom: You know what would really be fun? Having a big house and opening up a designing business with a few of your friends. Why don't you do that?
Me: Mom, that's the plot of Designing W....Oh, never mind. Yes, mom. That would be fun.