@dcmooney I am still processing the news myself. But the couple who had booked our basement apartment in DC (at a relatively low premium and on a flexible policy because we had yet to get a review) had naturally canceled this morning. I sent her a note to say I understood and commiserated with her.
Friends and guests had been telling me that the rates I was charging her for inauguration week ($150/night) was a steal and should have charged more. Partially because of that and perhaps partially out of pique I've upped my rates to a ridiculously high $250/night for that week and $350 around the 20th and set my cancelation policy to moderate.
Maybe someone will pay it, maybe not. I don't know. Maybe I don't want to host that weekend. Who knows. Maybe I'll get over it by Thanksgiving.
What's a daily rate that makes up for for pasting on a sincere-looking and gracious host persona on a week that many of us may find difficult to cheer on? (This is a rhetorical question, of course)