Meet the Inn-Keepers
William Roetzheim is the author of seven plays and one musical, twenty-three published books, over 100 articles, three columns, and twenty spoken word audio poetry CDs (Producer and Director). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. His writing has won nine gold medals and twenty-two finalist awards in national and international literary competitions. His plays have been performed in New York City at the TADA Theater, The Studio Theater in Theatre Row, 440 Studios, The Producer’s Club, and The Workshop Jewel Theater, plus in theaters in Southern California.
His work has been featured in New York at the Illuminating Artists Festival, the Planet Connections festival, and the Midtown International Theater Festival plus at the Moondance International Film Festival in Los Angeles. He edits an annual anthology of new plays called “Regional Best,” and is a member of the Board of Directors of American International Theater, Inc. where he serves as the Producing Director. His film credits include Producer for “Decay,” a short film released in August 2010. He founded and then sold two successful software companies (Marotz, Inc. and Cost Xpert Group, Inc.), holds two patents, and is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on parametric modeling of software project costs.
Prior to entering the world of technology he was a Naval Flight Officer and flew S3-A Viking aircraft from the USS Forrestal. While in college he won first place in the NCAA National Gymnastics Championships and was twice designated as an All American athlete. He has been married to Marianne and living in the San Diego area for more than 31 years.
Marianne Roetzheim is a gourmet chef and registered Occupational Therapist who founded and operated her own successful therapy company, providing speech, physical, and occupational therapy services to several area hospitals.
Interview with Marianne and Rosalba
William: Marianne, what made you decide to become an Inn-keeper?
Marianne: I was retired, doing volunteer work, when the opportunity came up to purchase the Victorian house. I initially wanted to turn it into a board and care facility, but a bed and breakfast seemed to be the perfect fit.
William: So what are some things that you like the most about running Jamul Haven?
Marianne: I like the variety of each day, getting up and deciding what I want to do in addition to what I have to do. For example, developing new recipes, planning for the holidays, setting up special events. And of course, who wouldn’t enjoy living in a five star resort.
Rosalba: I can walk up the stairs to a full gym every morning! But seriously, working here doesn’t feel like work. It’s more like living in a home taking care of friends. The people who visit seem to always have good attitudes, and I like meeting all of the different types of people. But I think my favorite job is helping to cook breakfast.
William: Yes, it seems that the guests are always praising the food. So Marianne, where did you learn how to cook? How would you describe your style of cooking?
Marianne: I’ve always liked to cook. When I was six I had “Marianne’s Deli” and I made New York style sandwiches to order for family and friends. My Mom was a cook, but it was pretty Betty Crocker, by which I mean good but plain. When I was a young teenager I started reading cookbooks and experimenting, especially with food from different countries. I’ve read hundreds of cookbooks, I watch the cooking channel, and I experiment constantly. I’d describe my style of cooking as creative, but not nose-in-the-air creative. More like Betty Crocker if she let her hair down (in a hair net, of course).
William: You’ve transitioned from working as an Occupational Therapist to running a Victorian Bed and Breakfast. Was that an easy transition? Hard?
Marianne: It was easy. I’ve always enjoyed helping other people, which is one of the main reasons I became anOccupational Therapist. I guess I’m just a nurturing type of person. When the kids stopped needing me, and I wasn’t working as a therapist anymore, I felt a real void in my life. The Bed and Breakfast fills that need very well.
William: Rosalba, did you experience that empty nest syndrome when your kids moved away?
Rosalba: Absolutely. And I agree with Marianne that it makes me happy to be able to take care of people at Jamul Haven. Plus, I’m learning a lot of new things. I’m amazed how much I’ve learned in the short time I’ve been here.
William: Marianne, you did all of the interior decorating yourself. Did you find that difficult? How did you pick the themes for the rooms?
Marianne: I’ve always loved decorating. Jamul Haven was a dream come true for me in many ways, and it truly was a decorator’s paradise. I’m a visual person, and for most of the time while Jamul Haven was being renovated things were too disorganized for me to picture the final room. But I did have lots of time to think about the themes. I love the colors in peacock feathers, and I think the birds are one of God’s most magnificent art works. With my Irish heritage and a mother named Patricia Glass Garland who was born on St. Patrick’s day, I had to have a Celtic room. I wanted one room to portray the far east traditions of calmness and serenity, in peaceful yet vibrant colors. That left one room that I thought would have a medieval theme, but I had some rose bedroom furniture that was passed down to my girls, and I didn’t have a suit of armor lying around, so I went with the rose theme. I thought it might be too traditional, but I’m glad I went that route because it really fits with the Victorian era.
William: Anything that you’d like to add?
Marianne: I love receiving emails (through Bill) and letters from guests. I do read them, save them, and truly appreciate them.