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I grew up in a household where it was customary to remove your shoes upon entering. To me, it made sense.

I assumed every family preferred not to have gum, spit, mud – and who knows what else – tracked into their homes from the outside.

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A hotel room is a unique concept.

On one hand, it is an inherently temporary piece of property. A guest is exactly that--a guest. They stay for some interval of time and leave the room behind for another guest to occupy it again in the future.

And yet, there is a strange feeling of privacy and ownership felt by the guest throughout the stay. It's "their room" even if that's not exactly true.

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It is universally understood that an invitation to someone's home is an honor.

Whether it is a family member or a friend, a guest entering a person's private property should treated it with the utmost respect.

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I once had a house guest who insisted on showing my husband her nipples. Yeah... betcha didn't see that opener coming did you?

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Our homes are our safe spaces—our sanctuaries, even—and with that sense of security comes a general idea of the things that are and aren't okay to do in other people's homes. Well, it does for most of us, anyway.

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