If Harper Can Use The Hijab To Distract You From Facts Then I Can Use My Dog Iago to Get Your Attention.

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If Harper Can Use The Hijab To Distract You From Facts Then I Can Use My Dog Iago to Get Your Attention.

Harper says the Liberal Party of Canada wants to destroy families and seniors by taking away split income. This is like saying “Vote Conservative ‘Cause We Really Do Give a Damn About You”.

If you are single, have kids over 18 (when they really cost ya) or you are DINKs (Dual Income No Kids) then none of this applies.  Plus, it’s discriminatory.

Our middle class senior population is the wealthiest and healthiest in history and they outnumber kids under 15.

Yet again, Conservatives are attempting to distract away from the real issues.

Our economy in NOT okay, Steve.

We are in a recession. Ask a real economist, not Harper. Manufacturing has gone south. “So screw you, Ontario.” Unemployment figures are showing growth of part time jobs…“I have a degree that I will be paying for the rest of my life. Would you like fries with that?”.  

This Conservative government reached back to their roots and put most of their eggs in Alberta’s oil industry and natural resource basket. I must admit I do like paying 95 cent for gas. However, they even turned on their own. “So screw you too Alberta and Newfoundland.”

I don’t like the 75 cent dollar…although they say it’s good for manufacturing…Manufacturing?  You mean like Heinz Ketchup, Caterpillar Tractors and Novartis? Bye-Bye.

Common sense says when bank rates are low you borrow to get ahead. Isn’t that how most people afford a home these days? The Liberals want to borrow, take on controlled debt to repair, support  and build our aging infrastructure. They are not about giving tax credits for piano lessons, which is also how the Conservatives claim to support the arts.

I know I am repeating myself. Today’s Conservative Party is not the Progressive Conservatives your parents voted for. They are not Mulroney’s or Diefenbaker’s party. They are the Reform Party in sheep’s clothing…and they don’t even wear that well.

So as you read this, and for those who are risking imprisonment by toking as you read this (of which there are probably way more then took advantage of split income tax breaks), look at my cute dog Iago, ignore these Conservatives and vote for your future.   

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The Weekend Guy’s Guest House…Quaint Sells!

cottage simpleThis past September I finally did what I have been doing for years, but now I am charging. I opened a “pop up” B&B. Actually it’s more of a cross between a tourist house and a small inn. I call it The Weekend Guy’s Guest House, of course.

It wasn’t a big leap for me. I just finished hosting a house full of actors and filmmakers for nearly two months. The difference is I’m charging, and now most people only stay a few days, not weeks.

It’s actually a good way of testing a long time dream to open up a small inn, kinda like Bob Newhart did on TV.  I would get to play host and also have the time in my office to sit and write during the day. It wasn’t hard either as my house is set up for such a venture. I have my space at the rear of the house and my guests stay in one of three rooms up on the second floor and share a bathroom.

Of course the internet has made it easy. I literally set up on AirBnB one day and within 24 hours I had my first booking! Since then I have entertained travellers from Germany, Israel, Netherlands, United States and Canada. There’s a learning curve involved. As AirBnB allows you to list anything from an entire house, to a single room, to a yurt in the backyard, you also have a choice as to what amenities you offer. At first I chose to simply provide a room with clean sheets and towels, plus the use of my kitchen. TwinAlthough I didn’t provide breakfast I did make morning coffee. This bare bones service was really all people wanted at first. However, I quickly learned that, yes there were guest who were simply looking for a place to crash for the night, there were also travellers who saw the opportunity for an inside look in the local culture. Naturally, being part of that culture, I switched to local tour guide and  cook as I would invite those staying for a few nights to dinner without charging. Hmmm.

It’s been truly an experience and an opportunity to meet really nice people from all over the planet. But I will admit, whether it was done consciously or not, I used these first few weeks to ask questions regarding my price and what services I was missing. I quickly learned my price was two low and some people prefered locks on their doors. I also learned that I can’t rely on the local restaurants to always be open for my guests, plus, most listings charge a cleaning service…And boy do I know why!

Now with twenty-six paying guests under my belt since Sept 6, having worked up a routine for laundry and cleaning duty, plus staying on top my dog Iago’s early barking routine, I’m beginning to get the hang of it. I’ve increased my prices, (just a few bucks to make it worth my time and effort), plus, I’ve added a cleaning charge. (You won’t believe how many times I’ve washed the sheets in the last few weeks!) I’m now offering dinner and breakfast packages. But what I am really  looking forward to are my group packages. Inviting  cyclists, snowmobilers, snowshoers or hikers up for a two-day all-inclusive. I’m even looking at hooking up with the local spa and offering “girls weekend getaways”.

Sometimes living in Rosseau gets so boring…but to outsiders we are a quaint little village. Last week two delightful girls who are big fans of “Gilmore Girls” compared Rosseau to Stars Hollow! Not quite. Stars Hollow is a metropolis compared to this place…Still, people are willing to pay for quaint….so, line up! I’m open for business!

For details on The Weekend Guy’s Guest House vist http://weekendguy.com/Weekendguys_Guest_House.html