I have three remotes. 1 for turning on TV, 1 for channels, 1 for sound. I absolutely hate it but even TV cable technician couldn’t figure out how to sync into one. So when I give house tour, I have to ‘force’ guests to listen to my boring lecture on how to watch TV for 5 minutes.
I explain that Fox, CNN, CTV, and BBC are available. European guests are still half asleep at this point but about half of American guests meet each others’ eyes or subtly mention their ‘Preferences’. I just act lost and move on but secretly I go over News channels on purpose to make my lecture less boring.
I don’t have policy on shoes because half of guests are Americans and they wear shoes indoor even I provide slippers. I once lived in the US and my family also wore shoes indoor so it’s not a big issue for me. But when Non-American guests check in I pretend everyone keep shoes outside or else they would feel disgusted.
Although there is a Canadian chain supermarket nearby, many American guests drive 20mins distance to shop at Whole Foods. ‘Is there Whole Foods around?’ is a commonly asked question. My wallet is too thin to shop at WF so when guests leave behind WF products that’s the closest encounter with WF for me.