Author: Culebra MJ (---.coqui.net)
Date: 09-26-08 17:08
B & B's are a very cool idea, if you don't mind living in what I used to call the velvet prison. Yes, you get to experience cool guests (I had the 97.3 rule...97.3 percentage of people are wonderful, a delight, a pleasure to meet with...the leftover percentage are from hell and nothing you do will make them happy; with experience you can figure them out as they walk through the door and you will become adept at suggesting they go to another place - they think you're wonderful and you think you've been spared the bad karma you induced by kicking that dog once when you were 15), who make the island feel *bigger* because you are constantly interacting with people outside the daily crew we all see all the time. That part is way big fun.
There is the other side of it being that you are there 24/7, literally, to help make your guests' visit a good one - clean everything, dead lightbulb changed, fridge not cold enough, roach in the sink, overflowing toilet, hair found in the shower, no pan big enough to cook __________ (well, that's how I did it...I've been called neurotic a few times...even broke up a relationship once "you never can go out when something is going on" because when something is going on, you are greeting arriving guests, etc), picking up, dropping off (and remember, this means picking up whenever the ferry or plane arrives, NOT when they are scheduled to arrive).
This is why most people go for a holiday home manager. Someone here that does the job for many people's homes and takes the hassle out of it for the homeowner, for the most part. Yes, it has a price. Doesn't everything we choose to have someone else do instead of ourselves?
I'm just being the devil's advocate here. For the right type, a B & B is a great way to live in a beautiful place, even if you are busy most of the time.
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