I have been staying at many different airbnbs while attempting to become settled in Portland. Along with pictures of the house you will be occupying, there is also a rundown of the culture of the home. Don’t let the dog out, please take off your shoes, etc. The same sort of information is nearly always present making me assume there is a prompt next to the text box giving a list of suggestions of things to mention. This creates an environment that makes the outliers quite stark. They often hint at strange moments dealing with strange people. Erstwhile guests who still haunt these profiles.
I was looking at a nice little apartment near my work that had a list of dos and donts, and among them was “No Pornography”. A quick scan of the rest of the text offered no elucidation. What incident led to this becoming a deal breaker, or even a consideration when vetting prospects for the private room? This means that this host had several people somehow making enough of a fuss with pornography to warrant its inclusion. Or, they had one person do something egregious enough to justify preemptive action. Which is worse, and why?
One of the deep joys of airbnb is meeting the type of person who willingly lets strangers into their home on a consistent basis. People often speak of how travelers grow and change because of the folks they meet along the way. This suggests that the effect would be amplified on the host, as they are constantly acquainted with these tales of discovery and development. Their repeated exposure to the itinerant erodes and warps them, leaving a smooth and pleasant peer. One who often allows me to enjoy being the least eccentric person in the room for a short while.