Yes readers, It’s Mike here and I’m finally back to post. Jody has been giving a great set of reports, but now it’s my turn. Let me add some not-so-fun missing pieces from our long weekend in Chamonix.
We’ve been staying in AirBnB’s in Annecy and usually when we take weekend getaway trips. If you’ve never used it before and you’re interested, use this AirBnB link and we’ll all benefit: http://www.airbnb.com/c/mdueber .
Our place in Chamonix was a very nice, small, comfortable apartment with a cool Murphy bed in a fantastic location. It had clearly been recently updated and, according to the 20-something female owner, cost over $220K for about 320 sq. feet (I did the conversions for you). She both lives there and rents it out as much as possible to help pay for it. Chamonix is an awesome place, so I understand, but that’s a lotta dough.
On the second night of our stay, I was opening a bottle of wine (which we do every other night – it’s cultural, don’t judge us). I somehow pushed a wine bottle cork INTO a fancy $3.40 new bottle of Merlot, spraying the dark purple stuff all over me, the kitchen walls and cupboards, and the kitchen ceiling. Yes, I’m very talented that way. I was standing over the sink, wine dripping off my face, shirt soaked with wine, and unable to see because there was wine in my eyes.
My VERY astute wife mentioned “Mike, there’s wine all over!” I replied “No kidding.” (Or something to that effect – I may be paraphrasing here for our younger readers.)
These photos are just a small part the the ceiling that was a mess, but they are illustrative enough, I think.
We immediately cleaned everything we could (including me), but the ceiling had very obvious stains. I texted the owner and sent a few photos of the purple splotches on the ceiling. She was very calm, suggested some ways to get it clean, and just asked us to do the best we could to handle the situation. Her reaction was impressive. We found out later she was visiting a gravely ill friend in the hospital at the time, and for the next several days. I felt JUST GREAT!
Anyway, in case you are wondering, I did get it cleaned up. I first used vinegar on a sponge to scrub, mostly because that’s what we had in the apartment and Google said it would work. It didn’t. So, the second day I followed by using a weak bleach solution to clean and rinse and clean and rinse until the stains were gone…or gone enough that you didn’t notice anything unless you stood on the step stool and REALLY looked hard.
The owner was happy and gave us good reviews as renters. We had a great time in Chamonix. And today I can finally say my neck is no longer sore from having to look up to clean the ceiling.
Thus ends the Chamonix Wine Incident of 2016.
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