January 2nd, 2014

VRBO confusion

I've had a lot of great luck with VRBO over the years. But I'm a little confused right at the moment. I'm trying to rent a house in Seattle for a trip later in the year, and when I sent out (via email to the owner) a rate request/availability request, I got back multiple screens worth of information back, including two separate totals for the 10 days I was asking about. One was 3K and change. The other was 9K and change.

I don't think I've _ever_ seen two figures this far apart in one email ever before, on VRBO or elsewhere. And it was so confusing that I was unable to figure out what the hell to do next, especially since this was all buried in screens and screens worth of information about Seattle that, honestly, I really already know. But boy, once I pulled the two relevant paragraphs out, I understood perfectly why I was confused. Waiting for another reply. The first one seems ridiculously low; the other seems insanely high. I'm not sure if I'm ever going to pull the trigger on this because it's so weird I'm not sure I can trust them. But I figure the next response should at least be entertaining.

Concord has already canceled for Friday; not that we care

That was T.'s district last year.

I went out to shovel because I was going a little nuts with all the kid demands. It is very fluffy, but felt really cold. When I got back in, I realized that if the thermometer on the covered porch said 13 degrees, it probably was less than that on the driveway, away from the vents for the furnace and hot water heater.

Very fluffy. No power required; just push the shovel along.

ETA: R. is complaining that there are very cold drafts. I'm not actually noticing them. A. wants to go to Wendy's. We told her that was a bad idea. She's now listening to Monsters, Inc. soundtrack. She has headphones on, even tho it is on the Pioneer airplay speaker. I'm not even going to ask why. Probably should make her some nuggets and fries, to make up for no trip to Wendy's.

Our governor -- who is remarkably sensible, a trait I really and truly admire in public officials, sent state employees home at 3, suggested private employers do similar, and is contemplating keeping government offices closed tomorrow.

http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/state_employees_will_be_sent_h.html

It's apparently going to be kinda cold tonight.