I Warned You Not to Touch That

Bad Advice – Steaming in Tampa

by on Jun.03, 2010, under Bad Advice

My wife and I recently invited a group of friends to a casual summertime party.  One of our “guests” took it upon himself to contact an air conditioning expert prior to attending.  He had the audacity to ask him what would be the appropriate temperature to set our thermostat to in order to ensure it wasn’t too hot for him.  He then sent the email thread recommending we turn the temperature to 60 degrees at 10am so that things were nice and cool for him when the party started at 5pm.  We were appalled and disinvited him.  What would you have done?

Steaming in Tampa

 

Part of being good hosts involves accommodating your guests.  He was doing you a favor by making his preferences known, in advance, so you could make the necessary adjustments to your lifestyle.  If only more guests were as thoughtful. 

In the future, if you expect any of your friends to attend your gatherings, you should take pains to discover their needs.  If your home’s carpeting is dated, you should ask your friends what kind they prefer and have it installed prior to the party.  Many people find certain color schemes offensive.  Check with your friends first to learn what colors their own homes are painted.  If your home doesn’t have the right look, be sure to paint it the way others will find tasteful. 

Are you driving the right cars?  There’s nothing more embarrassing for guests than to show up and have to look at older vehicles when newer, shinier rides are trendier.  Don’t make the mistake of simply washing and waxing your present vehicles.  A practiced eye will see right through your feeble attempt to make your cars look presentable.

Music is important to create the right ambiance.  Even if you have an expensive sound system, you should consider having live music.  Since your guests sound as though they may enjoy classical music, perhaps a string quartet would be suitable.  Be sure to leave the musicians a large tip at the end of the night.

No one likes feeling crowded.  Is your home large enough?  If not, consider adding on or moving to a bigger home.  If you decide on either of these options, just be sure the air conditioner has ample capacity to keep your guests cool and comfortable.


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