My name is Reinard Pollmann.
I own this motel here, the Buckshot Inn, here in Smith Center, Kansas.
I also own other motels in other states.
Im 80 years old.
Well, I feel about 25, actually. About 25, maybe 35.
I cant remember. Its so long ago, so long ago.
But I feel young.
People are retired generally dont do anything.
They just wait to die.
I wait to do the next project.
My big day is always Monday.
I like Mondays.
People, "Oh, Monday."They like Friday.
I like Monday.
Monday is when you do things, you know.
Things are happening on Monday.
Cant get anything done on the weekend, you know.
But once in a while, you wake up in the middle of the night and say, "What the heck am I doing?
What the heck am I doing? Why am I working so hard?"
And then you wake up in the morning, you have a cup of coffee and feel great.
My cancer is stage-four or something like that.
One thing is, I dont get too worried about it.
I mean, youre going to die anyway, Okay.
You cant prevent that from happening.
And theres medicine out there that can keep you going for a while.
So, you know, if I get another 10 years, that would be pretty good.
And another 20 years, thats really good.
Another 30 years, that would be fantastic.
And of course, in good health.
Im not married.
I have never been married.Only had girlfriends.
And, you know, today, Im just too old. Too old for romance.
I just concentrate on business. Its more stable.
Its a really good question.
What am I going to do with it when I quit, or I mean, when I die?
Well, I have a sister and shes got two sons, theyre twins. They are 45.
And Ive been trying to get them into the business but theyre engineers that have zero interest, zero.
They didnt want to look at it.
So, I worry about it.
You know, I mean if it goes to them,I know what theyre going to do.
Theyre going to make a couple of calls to real estate agents and say, "Put it, sell it." And thats it.
When you look back on your life, I had an interesting life.
I was born in Europe, in Holland.
Then I was there during World War II.
I remember some of that.
The biggest thing was probably leaving Holland and going to America when I was 14.
That was tough.
You know, you get a new language.
Youre 14 years old.
All of a sudden, you have to go to high school and everybody speaks English and you have to learn it.
That was challenging.
But that was okay.
A lot of people go through that and I went through that.
If I were to do my life again, I probably would get married, have children.
Im very happy with my life.
I cant complain at all.
My advice to older people is, dont act old. Just keep on going. Dont retire.