|Shazza and Me: Not blowing our arses whilst doing the Paris Hilton cross-feet hand-at-side stance|
|Harley, 15, my brother Tony and nephew Finn, 13|
|Second night prep|
|See how American kids eat pizza and watch TV!|
|Dotty girls: my sister Sharon, niece Cecily and friend Lisa|
|See how American kids eat cheetos!|
Sharon told me that our other sister had dropped them off at Auckland airport with the advice: "When you arrive, don't do what Jody does on the first night: she gets really excited, drinks too much and then she can't face anyone the next day." I was about to protest this summation of my behaviour when five other people in the room said: "Bang on! That's exactly what you do Jody!"
So, guests and hosts remember: "Don't blow your arse on the first night."
What did we do with Shazza en famille? Oh I know other people might have taken them to Alcatraz Island, to ride on the Cable Car, walk down the Crooked Street, see the latest modern art at Moma, and so on and so on. Beginners error! Show some imagination people!
What do guests really want? To see how the natives live. Hosts: you and yours will become an anthropological live reality show for your guests. Sharon was lucky enough to do the following tours: Potholes of Oakland! All the kiddies' schools! Grocery shopping at Trader Joes! Driving four hours around my house in the afternoon to sports fields! It was all there.
I aim to send my guests off stunned and hungover (noone said anything about not drinking the second night) which often inspires them to kiss the ground on reaching their final destination. It's a win-win.
What hosting technique do you employ?