On Saturday we went to the Airbnb. It's supposed to be occupied for another week. Our guests, snowbirds, rented it for 28 days. In a panic over the virus, our New York guests left for home last week. They didn't ask for a refund, didn't cancel the remaining days, so we're getting paid for another week. I was supposed to fly to Dallas today for a meeting I work every year, but it was cancelled. Good news though: the meeting planner promised to pay me, as the cancellation happened within the 100% pay window. It's the last meeting for which I'll receive pay.
At the Airbnb, we spent three hours deep cleaning. The guests had two dogs, and they shed a lot. We also cut back some tropical plants that were taking over the backyard. I have a new mattress to replace the one in the master bedroom. Decided we'll bring it over tomorrow. I have a Sonata and can take the new mattress, which is compressed and can squeeze into the trunk. However, the old mattress, which I bought in 2006 (!), won't fit. I looked at renting a pickup. $65 for one day, plus gas. Plus dumping fee. Instead, I placed an ad on Facebook and quickly got four takers. If all goes as planned, a complete stranger will meet us at the house to take away the old mattress for $35.
I also worked two Amazon Fresh routes. Hoping for generous tips. Amazon shut down new orders for a while. We normally have 5-10 routes for Fresh. Today there were 23. People think the world is ending.
I read an article on 10x Travel. A new series, Social Distancing Saturday. The first article was about the most bingeworthy series on Netflix. The top voted show was Schitts Creek, so when I got home from my route we watched the first three episodes. Kind of enjoyed it.
Everything is closed, so binging Netflix looks like an appealing option. By everything, I mean all the theme parks, international travel, schools, lots of employers. It's funny though: traffic in Tampa was heavy for a Saturday. Everybody was out and about. Weather was beautiful and I saw lots of boats being towed. People are going to the beaches.
Yesterday I had four Airbnb cancellations, two were International, two were panickers. This morning I had three new reservations. After the cancellations I lowered rates, and that seemed to do the trick. We basically replaced the cancelled stays, though rates are lower. Still, it's not such a bad thing.
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