The host-guest relationship is deeply ingrained in me. Having a guest over is motive enough to change major aspects of schedule, house, and work.
A year ago a former girlfriend came to visit and led directly to better relationships with my housemates and landlady. A month ago I decided to start using airbnb, because I had an idea to help them change the sort of network and service they provided, and had my first request the next day for that very night. By the time they came to stay at our place, our furniture and library layouts were different, and our house was better prepared for visitors of all kinds.
Likewise being a guest at someone else’s place can make me absorb their timing and traditions almost without thinking, in a way that other contexts rarely do.
I’m trying to give away or sell most of my gear and furniture, updating technology and redistributing beautiful books; and feel like having guests over continuously for a few weeks. Alas there’s no great way to broadcast that ‘more than usual interest’ energy, though couchsurfing offers a limited version of it. What I really want is a much much better notion of ‘global status’ — Noah Glass would understand.
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