He Runs a Dream Hotel. How Did He Manage That?
The dream: Quitting your hamster-wheel job in a grinding city to run an enchanting hotel in the tropics, where the daily routine includes ocean swims and cocktails at sunset. The nightmare: The pool is under construction, and the guests are hot and desperate to swim; the hotel's snorkel equipment leaks and must be replaced; and a hurricane is brewing offshore. "This is not a job, it's a lifestyle," said Bob Gevinski, 40, who paused his life as a freelance photographer in Boston in October 2007 to manage the Hix Island House on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. "When I was a guest here, I thought, 'How can I extend this feeling or make it part of my life?' "