As I have mentioned here and here, Brisket and I have a small cabin up north- emphasis on SMALL. It’s cute, and cozy, and snug and seems to be the hot hang-out spot for the insects in that part of the world. I think it might be the equivalent of being under the high school bleachers for the insect world actually…Maybe it’s a great place to make-out and smoke without their parents finding out…
Anyway, as much as we would like to chaperone 12,353,369 insect teenagers every weekend, Brisket and I only usually make it up to the cabin once a month. Being the math geniuses that we are, we thought “Hey! We could rent it out the weekends we’re not there! Maybe make a little spending money!”
So we have- to varying degrees of success. Turns out not many people want to hang out in an area that averages over 100 inches of snow each winter- so we tend to get more interest in the summer. Part of that interest is from the ads I place on my company’s classified ad website.
Normally, it works great- I get 10-20 responses per listing, and usually 2-5 renters from the process. Occasionally though, I stumble across an unusual request.
Case in point, let’s dissect the abbreviated* e-mail discussion I had with…let’s call her Curious Cathy or CC:
CC: Can you send me pictures of your cabin?
Me: Sure, here you go- let me know if you have any questions!
CC: It looks great! Do you know of any other log cabins up there?
Me: Umm…we’re in a neighborhood of log cabins, but we don’t know anyone else up there…
CC: No, I mean- do you know of any other cabins to rent up there?
Me: ….No….I don’t know anyone else up there.
CC: Oh, ok! So, how would you feel about people camping out in your yard?
Me, a bit confused as we can sleep up to 8 people IN the cabin: Um, like kids?
CC: Kids and adults.
Me: How many people are we talking about?
CC: Well, how big is your yard?
Me: 1/2 acre. How many people are we talking about? We do have neighbors…
CC: Well…it would be about 10 to 15 kids aged 6-18, about 5 to 10 kids aged 2 to 5, and 8 adults. Would that be a problem? We’d just want the cabin for one night.
I freak out a little bit as I do the mental math in my head, because it’s 33 people!!!! 33 people in my 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom cabin- and they’re only going to use it for ONE night? That comes to about $3 per person. And the cost for me to clean up after 33 people have descended like a plague of locusts- including having to pump out my full septic system…um, let’s just say it’ll be about eleventy bajillion dollars.
Me: I don’t think we can accommodate a group that large- Sorry!
CC: Not a problem! Maybe next time! Are you going to rent next summer?
Next time? Next time? I don’t think my answer is going to change…I’m not hosting a youth hostel (except for the insects) or a campground or a multi-day music festival….
Was I out of line? Because I actually felt kind of weirdly guilty turning her down…
*Because, not surprisingly, the discussion was about 20 emails of back and forth…and no one want to read that nonsense.