Large 2nd Floor suite w/private Master bath at The Harwood Cottage in Macon's Historic District, fireplace private balcony, jacuzzi for two, giant king, Swedish foam, mattress; perfect for overnight stops, weekend getaways, regional events... (Free parking, WiFi, continental breakfast/sleeps 2).
The Harwood Cottage is a large, 1920's golden brick, Georgian style home which we call a 'Cottage' but some might say is more of a mansion. There are six estate sized bedrooms (with the self locking Music Library acting as a seventh when needed), along with three full baths spread across two very large floors, all made fully available to our guests. In the center of it all is the stately Main Stair Hall with its imposing antique crystal chandelier, eight foot stained glass windows, art filled upper gallery and three stunning sets of golden, antique, pocket doors. These two floors contain several additional public rooms for your use including: The Drawing Room with its Grand Foyer and Large Fire Place, The Chinese Dining Room with its antique wall covering and authentic Asian artifacts, The Art Deco Conservatory with its harlequin floor, treillage detailing and jungle print fabrics, The Music Library with its Viennese grand piano, vintage LPs and rare book collection, The Tiffany Breakfast Room with its wall of silver & china and The Kitchen where fresh ground coffee, English teas and our continental breakfast offering awaits. The Winter Garden, an enclosed back porch and sitting area, acts as the main entrance for guests just steps from out Motor Court. Finally, at the center of the upper level lies The Media Lounge where you'll find our DVD collection, flat screen tv and deep leather lounging sofas.
Each of the bedrooms honor one or more literary legend of the South. The Eudora with its gas fireplace, private balcony, romantic French doors, built in vanity, cedar closets, king sized memory foam mattress and wall of dressing mirrors; honors the great short story writer, Ms. Eudora Welty. The Zelda with its queen, Stearns & Foster premium mattress, cognac Henredon sleigh bed, master bath with two person Jacuzzi and William Morris tapestries; honors Montgomery's own Zelda & F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Sidney, with its traditional king mattress, stained glass reading nook, 22 ft. Italian leather sofa, original Banksy prints and Herculanian frescoes; honors Macon's favorite poet, Sidney Lanier. The Laurence, with it's traditional king mattress, Moroccan styling, plantation shutters, and floor to ceiling dressing mirrors; honors Macon born screenwriter, Laurence Stallings. The Margaret, with its two walls of windows adding to the enchanted, children's tree house feel, honors Ms. Margaret Mitchell and The Williams' Suite with its garden views, traditional full mattress, French caster bed and hand tooled Gatsby bath honors our three favorite Williams: William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and W.E.B. du Bois.
Additional on site spaces include the extensive Garden Level where many of the rooms and functions are made available to our guests with advanced coordination, including: The Laundry & Scullery, The Bailey Bath, The Hot Tub Grotto, The Crafts Room, The Ballet & Yoga Studio and The Activities Center. The Garden Level is also home to our former Servants' Wing which has recently been converted into the modern and private "Family Apartment". Below the Garden Level lies a secret sub-basement which is home to a fully functional, authentic, Cold War era, nuclear bunker. This underground fortified shelter was built at the height of The Cuban Missile Crisis in October, 1962. It remains fully operational with sleeping berths for eight, running water, working electricity and even a small, portable, military grade, field hospital (the nuclear bunker is available for our guests to tour during your visit). Additional outdoor features include a private second floor balcony, large front verandah, formal garden, a secret garden with moon gate and evening light display, large entertainment deck with an al fresco dining area, chez lounges, sun umbrellas and a cast iron fire pit; outdoor grilling station, two garage bays, the facilities workshop, parking for up to seven vehicles, surfaced motor court and enclosed pet paddock (our dog run). Guests can choose either a keyed or keyless entry.
The Harwood Cottage is dedicated to the late Blanche Harwood (our mum), who fell in love with the idea of this place as a family home, many years ago. It's restoration into a typical "Writer's Cottage" of the 1920's was her original vision. Though she passed on in 2014, that image still guides us. Through her imagination, your idea filled visits and our creative labor; we continue to honor her memory as we create a modern, romantic interpretation of the inspired decorative arts of The American Jazz Era. It's true, we're not perfect but we've come a long way. With each passing month that vision comes into sharper focus. Now may be the perfect time to come and add your input and place your spin on what has become an amazing, collectively inspired, Southern Gothic dream.
(The Harwood Cottage is just steps past The Allman Brothers "Big House" Museum at the top of Vineville Avenue, a short distance north of Exit 164, which is the Hardeman Avenue exit off I-75 on Macon's highest hill in the heart of The Vineville Historic District).
We make it a point to welcome each guest personally, to The Harwood Cottage. As you arrive in our rear Motor Court let us know by text that you're here. While it's a big house we should be around in a few short minutes to ring that old kitchen bell at the back porch. We'll help you with your bag, get you a cold drink, point you to the facility and take you on a quick five minute orientation tour of all the rooms to which you'll have access. We'll also point out your emergency exits, fire extinguisher, first aid kit and breakfast service along the way. We'll provide keys to use during your stay or confirm the keyless entry passcode* if requested and of course our internet code, as well.
During your stay you'll have access to all the first floor public rooms, your suite bedroom and private bath and the second floor media lounge. For guests who reserve the whole house rental, all first and second floor rooms will be at your disposal. Kitchen facilities are available to all guests during your stay including refrigerator, freezer and pantry storage along with all cookware, utensils appliances, standard cooking items including eggs, flour, sugar, spices, certain sauces, milk products and oils based on availability. Sensible use is expected and replacement in kind for items finished or used in high volume is required. In addition, all of the outdoor facilities will be available for your use. The Yoga Studio, Hot Tub Grotto, Craft Room, Activity Room, Nuclear Bunker and Fire Pit are available for guest use upon advanced 24 notice of request with an anticipated prep time to be expected. Laundry soaps and fire pit kindling are free to guests when available. Events involving five or more non-residential guests can be hosted in the mansion or on the entertainment deck and motor court. A 48 hour advance notice and negotiated fee of between $50 and $200 based on size and scope is customary.
*(As of March 1, 2017; we have upgraded our options to include a keyless entry if preferable. Late access can be obtained for after midnight arrivals using the keyless entry code which reservation holders will find with their welcome kit information).
Общение с гостями
To us, the two most valuable things about AirBnB are the people you meet and the things they teach you! We feel truly honored to be a part of this great and global community. Having said that, to be honest, there is nothing that would bother us more than a host who keeps coming back like a gum chewing waitress in an old Hollywood movie, to ask, "How's it tastin'?"
We love our guests and enjoy engaging with you, when appropriate. If you decide to take our optional 30 minute historical tour you may enjoy engaging with us, too. Still, we believe there is no greater skill for a host to learn than the ability to empathize. We know just how far you've traveled and just how tired you may be. After two and a half years of welcoming incredible people from all corners of the globe, we've grown to understand that our central covenant with you is to ensure your privacy, tranquility and comfort. We recognize that Macon is an ideal place to stop on the north/south corridor to Florida but we never forget that Macon is a place at which you arrive only after a serious travel commitment. We know you need rest above all else and you need a host who respects that. So, you have our word, we'll be no more engaging than you want us to be.
The Harwood Cottage may be an 'owner occupied property' but you'd almost never know it. With our whole house rentals, we actually physically lock ourselves out of the guest living areas. Most of our guests find our being present though unseen, to be perhaps the best of both worlds as you get the added security of knowing we are here. Yet, with the quality of 1920's construction, that level of privacy is well maintained. Our only request is that our guests continue to use our shared texting service as the principal means to communicate for the benefit of its centralized written record of our discourse. Also, we ask that guests please keep in mind that like our guests, we too sleep and might occasionally turn our phone audio notification volume lower, just as you might. That does not make us unresponsive. It makes us human. In an emergency, a good old brisk knock on the laundry door will easily grab our attention no matter the hour.
So, you have our word, not to overwhelm you with hyper-vigilance if, as our guest, you pledge to seek us out for great local information, when needed. In a city like Macon, there are no real local travel guides like you'd find in larger cities like Atlanta or Orlando. So, when asked, we can be a very valuable resource for dinner recommendations, super market locations, tourist information, hours of operation, ATM, bakery and even church location! We even can handle the occasional request for a ride to your destination but you gotta ask, ok?
Другие важные подробности
If Macon seems somehow familiar to you, that isn't surprising. This city and region has been used in countless films and television productions including the films: Fried Green Tomatoes, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars, Need for Speed, Jesus of Macon, The Trip to Bountiful, Virtuous, 42, Walking Dead, Witches of East End, The Rose & The Jackal, Trouble with The Curve, Attack of The Morningside Monster, Wise Blood, Stuck, 41 and at least a few dozen other motion picture or television productions. Among our famous thought leaders (good & bad) are: Catherine Brewer Benson (the first woman to earn a college degree), John Birch, Nancy Grace, Leroy Gresham, John Jung, Sidney Lanier, Neel Reid, Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Laurence Stallings, Williams Sanders Scarborough and Tennessee Williams who wrote “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" here. Truman Capote's ‘Breakfast at Tiffany's' real life inspiration is Princess Alexander 'Honeychile' Hohenlohe, (the former Ms. Honeychile Weidner of Macon, GA. Among the famous theatrical personalities from Macon include three time academy award nominee and two time winner for Best Supporting Actor, Melvyn Douglas; Academy Award Winner, Charles Coburn and 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer. Among the famous musicians who hail from Macon are: Bill Berry and Mike Mills of R.E.M., Chuck Leavell of The Rolling Stones, Jason Aldean ‘2014 Country Music Performer of The Year', Little Richard, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers and Young Jeezy. Among our famous hometown athletes are: Former UFC Mixed Martial Arts Champion, Ken Shamrock and the controversial, former starting pitcher for the New York Mets, John Rocker.
Anytime's a great time to stop and see Macon but if you get the chance you should come to Macon especially for the third and fourth week of March (depending on the mildness of the winter), for our annual International Cherry Blossom Festival. Macon dazzles in late March with over 300k Yoshino Cherry Trees. By comparison, Washington, DC has just 5k. The festival and parade are tons of fun and the blossoms turn night into day!
First, let me say, "We hate rules!". We think rules deprive guests and hosts of a real opportunity to empathize with each other. We'd rather live by "The Golden Rule" believing that if we just treated each other the way we'd like to be treated, everything would work out fine and we'd be done with all this. Ahh, but life is seldom so simple...
It's hard to make a good set of rules that covers everything without sounding draconian. We wish we just had a simple set of fun rules that sounded just like this:
(Go to (URL HIDDEN) or your YouTube smart phone app and look up, "Little Biddy Pissant Country Place". Then, sit back and roll video!)
...but even ole' Dolly came up short. Cuz' we like Tattoos and pretty girls who say, "Hiiiii!" So that list doesn't quite fit us either.
Instead, we've tried to learn from our experiences but reading through three years and 400 guest visits could take forever. So, we've developed these "Quick Rules" and made them as short and swift as we dare. They're easier to follow than our previous musings but still come directly from real life events that were sometimes hilarious, often unbelievable and occasionally sad or psychotic.
One important note: We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a very special place to stay that's improving all the time at a minimal cost to our guests and with no hidden or 'add-on' fees. To do this, our margins are thin with little room for error which makes following these rules supremely important. Without these rules, we will not been able to maintain those margins and will quickly find ourselves operating at a loss in some way.
Going forward, we have come to believe that our guests who benefit from such an offering share too, in the responsibility to preserve it. Guests who find themselves unable to be partners in preserving these narrow margins, often deprive your host of his ability to participate in his share of the enjoyment that comes from your visit. Therefore, in some cases a monetary request accompanies a Rule when it can help restore those minimal margins. In other cases, where safety and risk become more important than cost, physical restrictions and even removal, are outlined.
We thank you for your visit and are honored to host you. We recognize now, that this list will be constantly evolving based on our continued experiences. We hate that it sounds so draconian and wish we didn't have to have it. For 380 out of our 400 hosting experiences, we don't. This set of rules is really meant for that other 5% who probably should have just stayed home, anyway! Here then, are our revised Harwood Cottage House Rules for 2017:
1. Notifying: You are asked to provide an ETA of your arrival at least four hours prior. In addition, an update is required when your ETA changes by more than one hour. Guests who are unable to do this will be asked to pay a $20 communication charge.
2. Arriving: Check in begins at 3pm and lasts until 10pm. Any arrival before or after must have been requested & approved in writing at least 24 hours in advance. Arrivals after midnight without prior notification & approval constitute a "no show" which means work that doorbell, sleep in the car, wait 'til we get back from the 24 hour Walmart or head over to Motel 6. You are responsible. Keep us in the loop. (Emergency situations notwithstanding.)
3. Departing : Check out is by 1pm on the date of departure. Late check outs are only permitted with a 24 hour advance written notification and approval. Guests who stay beyond check out without prior arrangements may be asked to payballmor part of an additional night's stay. (Emergency situations notwithstanding).
4. Accessing: For guests who have received key sets, upon departure, please leave yours on the welcome tray which will be found on the kitchen island as you depart. Often we are there to see you off. Sometimes we are not. You are not required to make or strip beds, empty trash or clean in any way. Simply make sure all first floor doors are securely locked and you are free to depart through the back door which leads to the motor court. Failure to lock all doors and deliver all received key sets will result in an automatic $25 security charge per missing, incomplete or damaged set. This applies to key sets left elsewhere on the property, as well.
5. Orienting: All guests (including guests of guests), are now required to take an orientation tour within two hours of arrival unless otherwise agreed upon by the host. All guests must have taken a tour before retiring on the first night of their arrival. Tour options include: 1. Safety & General Orientation (5 min.), 2. Full Historical, Safety & Orientation (30 min.), 3. Hybrid Historical, Safety & Orientation (30 minutes). They're all free but we expect to meet each and every guest staying with us and this is a great way to do that.
6. Identifying: All persons on the property are subject to an ID request by the host at any time. This is to ensure the safety of all guests. Failure to comply with such requests will be met with a request to depart which if not headed will result in a request for emergency help from Airbnb and quite possibly local law enforcement. Only the guest of record should expect to avoid such a request.
7. Whole House Renting: Guests who reserve 'The Harwood Cottage whole house nightly rental', are entitled to accommodate seven individuals over the age of seven years in addition to themselves for a total of eight standard guests. No additional guests may be accommodated without express written notification and approval 24 hours in advance. "Guests of Record" seeking to accommodate up to 16 additional guests may do so with advanced written notification & approval, by paying an additional $19/night gratuity for each additional guest above the "standard eight". "Guests of Record" who are found to have ignored this rule agree to pay an increased gratuity payment of $25/night for each additional, unapproved individual found to have obtained unpaid for and unauthorized lodging at The Harwood Cottage. Additionally, "Guests of Record" should expect that such behavior will be mentioned in the host's review out of a sense of responsibility to protect the well being and safety of other unsuspecting hosts. We cannot stress enough that it takes a significant amount of trust on the part of Airbnb hosts to open our homes to our guests. Breaking that trust by stealing away unknown individuals into the house is the single most threatening thing a guest can do to an unsuspecting host. Lost or stolen items, missing persons in a fire or even physical violence on another guest are just a few of the possible collateral events that might emerge. Beyond the additional costs for breakfast items, water, linen service, towels, hot water, electricity and AC; the host has a basic right to know who is inside his (her) home.
8. Paying: The person paying for the booking is our "Guest of Record". All "Guests of Record" are required to be part of the party actually staying at the property. Any variation from this must be made through written notification and approval at least 24 hours in advance. "Guests of Record" who fail to do this will be assessed a $25 security fee for each night they are absent without that expressed written approval. At all times, "Guests of Record" are fully responsible for the behavior and actions of their guests.
9. 'Communicating: Written notification and approval' is a specific term which refers to the use of the Airbnb website or smartphone app messaging service. It is very important that communication be maintained fully in one place where a complete archive of communication remains accessible to guest, host and Airbnb Customer Service. Therefore, guests should expect to use The Airbnb Messaging Service for all communications. Any requests by phone or outside email should not expect a reply. Guests should expect their host to refrain from agreeing to these alternative avenues of communication for these reasons. The host is not responsible for requests or information using other channels of communication.
10. Partying: 'Events' are gatherings on the property which include more than five individuals who stay an hour or more but are not lodging overnight. All events must have written notification & approval 24 hours in advance of the initial arrival for the stay. Each event carries a minimum charge of $25 which should be expected to rise based on number of external guests, length of event, nature of event and complexity of event. Examples: Family Gathering $25, Sorority Wine & Cheese $50, Children's Birthday Party $75, Wedding Ceremony $100, University Dinner Party $125, Conference $150 and Wedding Reception with specific preparation requests $400. Whether the 'Guest of Record' discusses an event or not, the fee will be assessed. The unapproved transport of Class D Substances or Concealed Fire Arms is not permitted. Serving alcoholic beverages or violating local, state or federal ordinances will not be permitted. This includes observance of a strict 10pm neighborhood noise ordinance which required the extinguishing of outdoor music and the removal of outdoor events to within the mansion.
11. Linens & Towels: Based on early requests, we are one of the few destinations where our entire linen and towel service is made available 24/7 to our guests. That provides a wide range of options that cover selections from discount retailers to top designers. These are centrally located in the main linen closet found on the second floor in the media lounge. If you do not find what you are looking for there, please let us know. Otherwise we will assume you are satisfied. If we find you did not mention issues with linens and towels during your stay yet chose after your departure to mention them as a problem in your radio box selections or review, we assume you will be agreeing to help rectify the perceived problem by honoring our request for a $25 towel charge.
12. Constructive Criticism: Any perceived problem with your stay which is not reported in writing during your stay with at least two hours afforded by the guest to allow the host to address the problem (during the regular business hours of 9am-5pm), should not later become an issue in your host review. If, as our guest, you cannot extend to us the basic courtesy of communicating an issue in a straight forward and timely manner, or the minimal patience to allow us two 'working' hours to address it, then you really should not be staying with us and you should refrain from later criticizing your host through your review as you will not be helping at that point for such criticism, that's too late to do anything about, is in no way constructive.
13. Closed Doors, Drawers, Rooms and Cabinets: Like most houses in the American South, up until 33 months ago, The Harwood Cottage had nearly no internal locks of any kind. With the advent of Airbnb guests, we have been asked to provide additional security. Please be advised as house guests, you should consider additional locks on all but the original 1920's bathroom locks to be both optional and a favor from your host at the risk of devaluing the notable antique doors throughout the house. As our guest, you agree that breaking through any lock is grounds for canceling the stay immediately and without refund or a security fee of $25 for each lock violated. We must protect the privacy of both guests and hosts while here. Exploration can be fun but attempts to enter the Garden Level, Workshop, Family Apartment, Attic, Nuclear Bunker or Other Guests' Rooms, Luggage or Personal Belongings will not be tolerated. All guests are required to respect all other guest and host privacy.
14. Insurance Claims: We have had two instances where legitimate insurance claims have been filed for damaged items only to have them rejected because in each case, the guest said, "It didn't happen." Well, it did. As a result, we have had to foot the bill for replacing a 70lb. piece of Italian Marble from a Bureau top and a 116" piece of plate glass from a window; both out of pocket. Just because you didn't notice it, doesn't mean it didn't break at your 30th birthday party. We know you don't want to be stuck paying for it, that's why there is insurance. We shouldn't have to foot the bill for damage that extends well beyond what you paid for your stay, either. So, we must require any guest who refuses to support our legitimate insurance claims when and if they arise, to be responsible for full repair or replacement value upon request. We aren't asking you to support fraud. We are asking you to not leave our home in ruins by allowing us access to the systems meant to support us in these unlikely events.
15. Theiving: Our guests stay in an old Southern Mansion surrounded by art and antiques for notably less than the all in cost of the local Motel 6. We take a great risk by relying on the honor system. Theft is not acceptable. No guest has ever come to us to admit they walked off with something, yet several bottles of liquor, dozens of spoons, over 40 DVDs, an electronic lighter and several vintage phonograph records are among the missing items lost while hosting. Even tonight as I edit this, a brass bowl is missing from one of the dining tables which means another guest must be asked and then watched as she demurs in an all too familiar bit of Kabuki Theater. Save us the pantomime and let the art and artifacts, spoons and saucers and everything you did not come with, remain. Our hat goes off to the one guest in 400 bookings who this month stepped forward to voluntarily tell us she broke an item and left restitution. If we find an item is missing or damaged during your stay we will notify you. By staying with us you agree to provide the full replacement cost of any missing or damaged item not covered by the insurance facility.
16. Pets: We love the guests who bring their pups. However, we asked that they be socialized so as not to be a threat to fellow guests or hosts. Mischaracterization of the true nature of a pet's abilities especially as a way of masking aggressive tendencies or training, may result in an immediate cancellation without refund and a $50 security fee per animal in question.
17. Parking: The maximum parking available is for six vehicles. Violators will be charged a $20/day/vehicle fee above the allotted six spaces for the whole house rental and one space per suite rental.
18: Smoking is not permissible indoors. Guests are asked to remove themselves to the far end of the entertainment deck to smoke. Despite being clear about this directive we have found two guests who smoked indoors trying to disguise that fact. Indoor smoking will result in a $50 cleaning fee.
19. Scamming: Any guest who stays for a full booking then seeks a total refund based on illegitimate or polemic assertions, will be vigorously challenged. For the record we are aware that there is an element that will use words like: Safety, Mold, Harassment or Grime as code words meant to prime the refund slot machine. Such extortion techniques are well known to the hosting community. It is also sadly clear from demographic profiles based on past incidents, that the most likely profile for such behavior will be: Age 58-65, Female, Single or Divorced, Alcohol dependent, with an event booking (graduation or wedding). Don't try it. The strategy is too well known and we will vigorously defend against such tactics. In the past this has resulted in defamation judgements and even jail time on extortion charges. At the very least, guests should know that all hosts have the last word and a descent writer armed with the facts can pretty much end a guest's ability to have other hosts agree, in the wake of such behavior, to risk hosting you in the future.
19. Tipping: While we do not require it, tipping is very much appreciated. In over 400 bookings, we've received only four tips! My poor nephew busts his hump in the laundry for hours fur our guests. Often with several guests in the different suites, we find ourselves saying goodbye to the last guest at 1pm, cleaning baths until 2pm, making beds, vacuuming, dusting and straightening until 3pm, welcoming and giving tours until 5pm, getting keys and extra towels or lighting fireplaces until 6pm, making dinner recommendations, giving directions and calling cabs until 7pm, making our own dinner and resting until 8pm, playing piano and offering cordials until 10pm, lighting the fire pit, showing the Nuclear Shelter and having lively, engaging conversation until 12am, cleaning the kitchen, setting up breakfast, grinding those beans and programming the coffee maker until 1am, sleeping until 5am, getting to the store for the freshest croissants and bagels until 6:30am, being clean and dressed and ready for coffee and conversation until 10am, seeing off the guests, starting the laundry, clearing breakfast, replacing carpet, mowing the lawn and improving the rooms until 1pm, followed by lunch and a nap before starting it all again. To me, we do quite a bit more than the mystery folks who leave the origami towel animals on those cruise ship beds or the emo waiters chasing you down outside that Union Square Bistro for giving them the stiff yet somehow just one out of every 100 guests have seen fit to recognize that. Hmmmm.
20. Eating: Yes, we provide continental breakfast. However, whole house guests must make their own coffee and are responsible for notifying the host at least 12 hours in advance of specific breakfast items needing to be replenished. Also, such guests must allow for host access to the kitchen to complete the request.
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I am an eclectic individual who loves the contradictions that make life interesting. I have reached the middle of my life, living in Macon, GA but the son of a Mayflower Mom and a first generation Italian dad. I love the arts, painting, music and writing; but I have made most of my money over the years on Wall Street. I haven't made that much though because I have chosen to be honest in a game that doesn't pay the honest very well. I love old houses and new cars. I believe in tradition though I am totally iconoclastic. I love to travel but I could be totally happy never having to leave Harwood Cottage again. I am a hometown boy who finds himself frequently traveling over 3,000 miles for work. I am a Cancer (zodiac sign, I mean). I am single. I am over 50. I am nostalgic. People say I'm a pretty good storyteller. Come and tell me if they're right! 5 things I can't live without: 1. Passion, 2. Family 3. Friendship 4. Imagination 5. Tomorrow. Favorite Destination: Paris. Favorite Book: A Room With A View. Favorite Shows: Les Miserables and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Favorite Music: Paul Simon's Graceland. Favorite Food: SiciliannStyle Stuffed Artichokes. As a host, people say I'm engaging and informative (polite for chatty). Life motto: "En Dubio Et Tradittio" (roughly: When in doubt, go with tradition).