I just, this morning, seriously considered the idea of listing my place on a Craig's List type of website; or something; as a room to rent for 7 to 10 days in New Orleans.
The "going rate" among people on the street, like Jay The Really Loud Singer, who move around and crash at different places, is $100 per week.
That is about the same price as the India House hostel around the corner, which offers the advantage/disadvantage of close quarters, shared with diverse strangers in a dormitory setting. I might even find someone willing to pay more than the India House rate in order to only have one other roommate to deal with.
The matter of having to kick a freeloader out when his time is up is made simple by the 10 day per month guest policy enforced by building security.
A traveler, who would only have a suitcase or two would be ideal, rather than someone like Jay who might show up with a lot of baggage, both literally and figuratively. Any kind of "official" ID suffices to get past security, but I will have to check upon whether a passport is good enough, or not.
I might even get an "exchange student" type of experience out of the deal, as, people from all over the world could potentially see the ad, and I might be able to host, and learn from, someone of another culture like Nepali or Maltese, or South Chicago.
I could even tailor the ad to appeal to musicians; maybe even ones who would like to try busking for a week or so in the French Quarter. That would give me someone to jam with and maybe even collaborate with on my CD. One month of renting out would furnish enough money to replace my fried laptop and get back to recording music.
It has been suggested to me that my apartment can be such a resource, and that I should treat it and guard it, as such. This advice came after I had inquired about putting Louise (see yesterday's post) on my lease, so that she could stay more than 10 days. That's how well Louise and I were getting along, at first.
"Once she is on the lease then she has equal status to you; and it would be easier for her to kick you out onto the the street than vice versa," was all I had to hear from Tim, my caseworker, on that subject.
I would just have to make sure the guest understands the nature of the arrangement here, and advise them not to pay me by check and then declare it on their tax form as a business expense, for example.
Tuesday Night, 8 PM
As far as the here and now, I will be flat broke on a Tuesday night, after I buy batteries for my spotlight. I have brand new strings on the guitar and will be brightly lit. Perhaps by the end of tonight, I'll be ready to get up first thing in the morning and post that ad on Craig's List.
To Alex In California, blog reader. This post began as an answer to your comment on yesterday's post and grew into a post itself.
If, after reading this blog, you would still stay at my place, then I guess you are always welcome here, pay what you can; I won't throw you to the skeezers.