Going IN: My First Hosted Housing Adventure
Needing a partner for mixed doubles, I connected with a man I had never met. We exchanged a few emails back and forth about where we've lived, about our children, and our pickleball goals....By these emails, I could tell he was someone who I liked. I liked that he shared details about his life and that he had a sense of humor and a humility about himself. I felt comfortable with Ken and was glad to have him as a partner.
Pic of me and my partner Coco Pic of Ken and his partner Jeremie
In a following email, Ken wrote:
"If you and your husband want to stay at our place in Vegas when you are here for the tournament let me know. Don’t feel obligated because we realize that many of our friends want to be closer to the strip when they visit. I guess it says something about Pickleball players that I would offer my home to someone I have never met. "
I considered his offer. His words resonated: "I guess it says something about Pickleball players that I would offer my home to someone I have never met." This is exactly why I started Picklebilly Hosted Housing. Our pickleball community has a connectivity unlike all other sports; this socialization naturally lends itself to hosted housing. Of course, I had to accept his offer. I had an opportunity to meet a fellow pickler, to play lots of pickleball, to travel to a cool place, and to save money on lodging. I took it.
Ken then sent pics of his English Bull Dogs; he wanted to make sure we weren't allergic or anything. I responded and sent the pics of our two dogs.
When I was 10 minutes from Ken's house, I recorded this video:
I documented what happened. This next video is when we just walked through the front door:
And then we had day #2:
This whole experience was marvelous. We got to play lots of pickleball. Ken and I went on to win a gold medal in the tournament that gave us a golden ticket to nationals. This means we'll be playing together again in December.
Beyond that, I have met two new friends. We shared each others lives, had dinner and coffees, played with the dogs. We look forward to hosting Ken and Michele in our home in Paso Robles.
This hosted housing experience exceeded my expectations and these rich memories bring a smile to my heart. All of this gives me hope for all of the Picklebilly Hosted Housing members and the potential treasures awaiting their futures.
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