Itâ€™s been a little while since I have blogged. Â I have been on the road a lot in the past month doing seminars but I managed to squeeze in a little weekend getaway too!
I had the pleasure of going on the Carter Center Winter Weekend trip.Â Aside from spending five days with President and Mrs. Carter, I learned a lot about the work that the Carter Center has been involved in.Â One talk that was of specific interest to me was with Dr. Jay Hakes, Director of Policy and Research for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.Â He talked about the things that went wrong (from both BPâ€™s perspective and the government response).Â He also talked about policies and procedures the government is putting in place to assure this type of disaster never happens again.Â Iâ€™m going to invite Dr. Hakes as a guest on my podcast.Â Stay tunedâ€¦.
So onto my rental lifeâ€¦ It was a slower start to the booking year.Â It seems that the renters are booking closer and closer to their rental dates than ever before.Â But in the end my inquiries and bookings seem to be on par with last year.Â Keeping our fingers crossed that booking will continue to roll in.
Living 1000 miles away from my closest vacation rental has never seemed to be too much of a problem except for one silly issue.Â The internet!Â All of my properties have wi-fi connection because quite frankly the renters demand it.Â Â A couple weeks ago I had a router go out in one of my properties.Â You would think this would be an easy problem to solve, but NO!Â The stores around didnâ€™t have any routers so had to buy a one online and have it shipped. Â But once it arrived, my housekeeper figure out how to install it.Â And though I could walk her through which wire to hook up where, she needed to get onto a computer and set the passwords.Â In the end, I had to ask my renter to hook it up. Though not optimal, it worked.
That brings me to another story.Â Â I had a really funny call with a renter the other day.Â Hereâ€™s how it went:
Renter: â€śI cannot get connected to the internet.â€ť
Me: â€śGo to the start menu, press control panel, press network and internetâ€¦â€ť
Renter: â€śWait, my mouse is not workingâ€ť
Me: â€śAre you at the desk in the bedroom?â€ť
Me: â€śOkay, your mouse is not working because the desk is a glass-top, the optical mouse has to have something underneath it.â€ť
Renter: â€śIâ€™ll use the touchpad on my laptopâ€ť
Me: â€śOkay, now type in the network password.â€ť
Renter: â€ś<frustrated> ugh, this touchpad is not good; I am having trouble typing because I keep hitting the touchpad. Let me put the phone on speaker so I can do this with two hands.â€ť
Renter: â€śOkay, itâ€™s on speaker, can you hear me now?â€ť
Me: â€śItâ€™s a little garbled but we can make due.Â Now type the password into the box.â€ť
Renter: â€ś<even more frustrated> geeze I cannot use this dog-gone touchpad.â€ť
Me: â€ś<assertively> Sir, go get a piece of paper and put it under your mouse.â€ť
Renter: â€śOkay wait a minute. â€ť Renter comes back and says, â€śCan you hear me better now?â€ť
Me: â€śYes, I can hear you. Now type that password in.â€ť
Renter: â€ś<now just down-right mad> I cannot work this touchpad!â€ť
Me: <Hu?Â Why isnâ€™t he using his mouse?Â OMG the light bulb goes off!> â€śSir I said put the piece of paper under your mouse, not under your mouth!â€ť
Renter: â€ś<laughing> Oh wow my mouse works now! Okay I just typed in the password and the internet works.Â Thanks!â€ť
Problem solved!Â The silly things vacation rental owners have to endure J
I am still laughing about the conversation!