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It's July and suddenly you are more popular than you ever dreamed — blessed with an abundance of off-Cape friends and relatives who've arrived for a visit. Some you wanted to invite, planning their arrival carefully in consideration of your schedule and theirs. Others wheedled their way to your door after hinting they'd like to spend a day or two — or three or more — on Cape Cod. If you're very gracious, naive, or bored, you may then have extended an invitation for them to stay with you and enjoy the Cape's beaches, boats, fishing, or golf.
As former Manhattanites, my husband and I occasionally hosted visiting friends and relatives in our apartment for a night or two. But after moving here four years ago, we realized that longer-term visits were the norm for Summer visitors. That first year, we invited city friends to see our new home and enjoy the Cape. While we enjoyed seeing them, we found ourselves exhausted from cooking, touring, cleaning, and entertaining. A bit wiser the following years, we restricted our visitors to only a few each Summer.
In time, we realized our visitors fit into several distinct categories. The first, and most exemplary guest was one who stayed with us earlier this month, a woman so polite as to make Miss Manners blush. Our Perfect Guest was not only neat, helpful, considerate, and interested in her surroundings, but even insisted upon treating us to a restaurant in return for several home-cooked meals. Needless to say she will be invited back again.
Certain other guests are less welcome. They include: the Night Owl, the Nonstop Talker, the Complainer, the Lingerer, the Do-It Yourselfer and the Slob. Each have certain foibles which work well for them in their own homes , but tend to rankle even the most easy-going host.
Keep reading to hear more about the less-welcome types of guests!