Entertaining Visitors

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  1. Nancy Hart

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    Suppose you had a couple coming to visit you for several days, about your age, who had never been to your house, or to your part of the country, and you knew you would run out of things to talk about after a day or two.

    How would you entertain them? .. Is there a special establishment, or landmark, you would visit?

    Personally I would be at a loss off the top of my head, but that's probably because I don't have much imagination about those things, haven't done much visiting myself, and it scares me to think about it.;) :eek: :confused:
     
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    @Nancy Hart
    Come now, your nonchalance might be transparent mostly, but not to me! Who are they, how long might they stay, will you be alone with them, what is their relationship to you, and finally, but far from least important, what brought this all on? ;)
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    Sorry @Frank Sanoica, but you would be wrong. ;) No one is coming. However, I've gotten an invitation from a couple several times and I've declined. IF I ever accepted, I would have to return the invitation. The prospects of that would keep me awake at night, so it won't likely happen. lol

    I did entertain a couple once for two nights staying at my house. They had two very small children, and one of the children insisted on picking up all the kitchen rugs and looking under them, while we were in the kitchen. So much for sweeping things under the rug. :D
     
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    @Nancy Hart

    you ARE amazing! So, you made this premise up? About the visitors. Why?
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    It really depends on the people.

    I have had some very independent houseguests over the years that were content to amuse themselves or had people to visit and places to go in the area. I always enjoyed those folks the most because we would get together for coffee in the morning and a recap of their adventures over a drink in the evening.

    I've had other houseguests that were a little on the clingy/needy end of the spectrum. With those folks, I would try to find a project that would keep us all busy and ultimately benefit me :D or I would just try to go about my daily routine and let them join in or not as they chose.

    These days I would rather pay to put someone up in a local hotel than to have them stay with me in my little apartment. I'm just too old and set in my ways to deal with people 24/7. I need my quiet time to recharge my batteries.

    If you think that these folks would be difficult or uncomfortable to entertain then I would say leave them off of the guest list, life is just too short to worry about cleaning the house and entertaining people that you have little in common with.
     
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    Let's put it this way, with my personality, I could be "the Host of the Year" and wife and I would have no problem finding entertainment as a Hosts. But, that would be much more "finding entertainment" in Colorado rather than here in northeastern Florida. Sorry Florida.
     
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    They'd never get a word in tho' would they?..lol ;)
     
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    No problem finding something to do for visitors in London.... but I agree with @Beatrice Taylor , I prefer to put visitors up in a hotel these days..., I can't be doing with all the extra hard work..
     
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    Well, since I know so much about Colorado and the surrounds states, I'd be like a tour guide. The only people we know that have ever seen a Bull Elk or Cow, is us...…...no family or friends. Not nearly as interested in that stuff as we are.

    But, yes, I'm definitely a "talker" and, after a couple of drinks, wife is the same way. She can REALLY open-up.
     
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    Yes, and if you haven't seen these people for 30 years, you need some backup plans. As a child I was taught that it was impolite to ask a house guest how long they were going to stay. ;)

    I think people are a lot more sophisticated about these things than they were back in the horse and buggy days when I was involved in overnight visits. Back then it was so difficult to get anywhere folks would stay as long as possible, because they might never be able to return. It seemed like the length of stay had to be proportional to how long it took to get there. Ha!
     
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    We do not have any kind of a guest bedroom, so it would be hard to have someone stay here, and we have to completely shuffle everything around before we can make a place for anyone to stay, and we really do not have anyone who would be apt to come and visit us in any case.
    When Ina came out to visit, we had only talked on the phone and messaged online, so we had never even really met each other before she came out to Alabama; but we all got along great, and we did’t really have any problem with visiting for the days that she was here.
    There are some nice places in Huntsville (like the Space and Rocket Center) where we could have visited, but we mostly just sat around and talked together, and went out to eat a couple of times.
     
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    @Bill Boggs:

    Dear Mr. Boggs, I made a screen shot of your comment to save, because I value your opinion, and I knew you had a tendency to hit that old delete button. ;)

    I wish I could think fast on my feet. I wouldn't need so many backup plans. :confused:
     
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    Thanks for the compliment, however, don't kid an old kidder. If you can't think on your feet you don't have to sit long before the brain kicks in and you have a solution. You are three stages ahead of most off us. Not all of us know we need a back up plan or how to produce one. Later gater.
     
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    @Nancy Hart ...I take it your just not a people person.;)
     
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    @Gloria Mitchell
    Aha! I double-dog dare ya to classify ME!
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    I'll take a crack at it, Frank. Whatever you think you are, you are really just the opposite. Ponder that a while. ;)
     
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    A group of more than 2 people scares me. :confused: :D
     
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    This Rose of Sharon shall not asked for a clarification.
     
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    If it were me, where I live now, that would depend on what sort of things they're interested in, which would, in itself, occupy some of the necessary conversation.

    We have Baxter State Park, which is the end of the Appalachian Trail, as well as Mount Katahdin, the biggest mountain in Maine, within about twenty minutes of my house. For those who are not into mountain climbing, there are several waterfalls and other shorter walks, as well as a strong likelihood of coming across a moose, which impresses people who have never lived in moose country.

    Within reasonably short drives are several lakes, large ponds, and rivers, some of which are beautiful, as well as islands, one of them rising like a small mountain out of the lake.

    Of course, I could also take them to our camp and the land there, which is near the Canadian border, with a pretty good chance of seeing moose along the way, depending on the time of year. Plus, we we go my way, the whole trip is scenic.

    For those who are into oceans and lighthouses, we have plenty of them as well, although that would involve couple of hours driving time. Maine's beaches are rustic and rocky, however, and not really swimming or surfing material. In other words, they look pretty but there isn't much you can do with them.

    Those looking for high culture are out of luck, I'm afraid. We have no large cities in Maine, and the largest cities we have are the ones I hate the most. Oh, I could drum up several historical places, but they don't tend to impress people who have spent time in Boston.

    For Stephen King fans, we have figured out what he had patterned many of the settings in his books from. Most of the places that play a part in his books are real places in Maine, although he has a habit of taking places that might be hundreds of miles apart and placing them in the same town or place in his books. For example, in his book, Dreamcatcher, people often think that the setting was near Millinocket because he mentions the Millinocket School District buses, but most of the setting for Dreamcatcher was in the Jackman, Maine area, more than a hundred miles away.

    However, you'd have to have a lot of time on your hands for that to be any fun. I've only figured a lot of that out because I have driven all over the state, often repeatedly, and have read most of his earlier books. When he returned to writing after he recovered from being run over by a drunk, his books weren't the same. I didn't care for the new stuff and haven't even looked at any of his more recent books.
     
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    @Ken Anderson
    I don't believe I've ever read any of King's books, though I've seen movies derived from them, which I greatly liked. I recall hearing about his being hit while on foot, I believe, by a van (?) was it? Wondered how that event left his capacity for imaginary thinking. You answered that.
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    It left him very bitter and changed the nature of his books, but I don't want to sidetrack the topic of this thread, I mentioned King only because people are sometimes impressed when they can see the places where his books are based, and I enjoy it because that we've figure out ourselves and not something we've read in a tour guide.
     
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    Believe me, I'd rather be taking visitors around the beautiful areas in Maine @Ken Anderson , than the metropolis, but then that's just my choice..I love the big open spaces and mountains, which is why we love the area of Southern Spain so much.



    I could always move up to the highlands of Scotland for those things, but unfortunately I also love the sun and heat, of which the North of Scotland gets so little..
     
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    Frank that was a statement not a classification or label. Your in a class all your own:cool:
     
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    Guests after three days are like fish, they begin to smell..Judge Judy.
     
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