My employers are philanthropists and political fund raisers, and as such they entertain a lot . But I mean a lot! My skills as Butler -- such as receiving guests at the front door, taking their coats and escorting them to their hosts--all these duties come into play way too often around here!
For most any event, of course, the guests all arrive more-or-less at the same time. (If nothing else, rich people are punctual!) And if it's a large party there's Valet Parkers out front, and I'll have help at the front door with additional staff on hand to help receive coats -- which expedites the whole process.
As the rich run in tight little circles, after three years working here I know many of the guests by name. And some of them know me by name as well (which is always rather nice). I do enjoy this part of the job -- "Congressman so-and-so, Senator so-and-so, come right this way." I'm really good at this, and even remember some of their favorite cocktails, or how many shots they request therein. Ha!
Now, that's one of the fun parts.
Then there's all the "other stuff". Oh, dear God!
-Running a twenty-two thousand sq/ft home with museum-quality furniture.
-Overseeing the eleven-acre manicured grounds.
-Taking care of the puppies.
-Overseeing routine maintenance for all the vehicles
-Managing the household budget.
-Staff scheduling, and payroll.
-Hiring and training new employees.
-Scheduling and keeping up with dozens of vendors and contractors.
-Serving as Personal Assistant to the Missus (the Mister is fairly independent).
-Shopping for the house, and often for the Missus (another really fun part of the job!).
And all the above in addition to putting up with whatever crabby moods my employers might be in at the moment!
Then there's the errands. Endless never-ending errands! Honestly I'm in the car half the day, running all over town. But I enjoy this part of the job too--getting away from the estate, cranking up the music and heading to the nearest Starbucks for a take-out coffee.
And last but hardly least, for the chef's two days off I, me, moi have to make the evening meal! What? I did live in Italy for a while and know some nice pasta recipes. So that gets me a long way. But beyond that, I'm an absolute culinary fraud!
What on earth do you make a billionaire for dinner?
It's a crazy job all in all, but creative and challenging in so many ways. The best part being no two days are ever alike in this nutty world of the super rich.
Thanks for stopping by tonight. Hope this sheds some light on the subject.
ADDENDUM: September 10, 2011
After several requests, I did attempt a more detailed description of a Butler's job description in a July 15 post entitled "What Is A Typical Day for a Butler?" There are some basic responsibilities to the job, but again no two days are ever alike.