These are horrible. I share the sentiment that fish and houseguests stink after 3 days... or earlier.
My stories aren't as bad, but I have a kinda funny, bizarre one. Long, but it's a good story:
My in-laws live 3 big states away, and we only see them about twice a year (when we visit "the hometown" and see everyone). So last summer we were glad when SIL and her boyfriend decided to come up for a weekend and visit us.
Except they didn't so much visit us
. Mostly they hid around the house and made out. Went out on the back porch to make out. Holed up in our spare bedroom to make out.
They were 22 and 23 years old at the time, but they're young for their ages, live with their respective parents, etc. They announced to us that it was their first "overnight" together. I was feeling weird about that, like I was an accomplice to juvenile delinquency. And my MIL kept calling on the phone to ask in detail about what they were doing.
A big part of coming all the way out to visit us was to spend alone time with each other.
They also played a rough game of tag (among other things) in the small house we rent, and I had to ask them to stop before they knock the bookshelves loose. Stuff was flying, cats hiding, etc. I don't like feeling like the strict stepmom or something when we are practically the same age. I hate to have to say something (re: the tough tag), but even when MIL is with them she just laughs at how cute they are, like they're rowdy puppies.
And as I said on another thread, they don't exactly eat meals and such, so that was weird too. SIL basically is allergic to most all but 3 things. SIL's BF was a hearty, boyish eater when we first met him but has become increasingly food phobic; now his eating habits resemble hers. So while they were here DH and I ate from our cheese & crackers/fruit platters, ate nice dinners, drank wine, etc etc while they picked at white bread and water that they brought with them. (This isn't abnormal for them, though I had wondered if that would be different when away from MIL).
The one time they did eat was when I made a salad, corn on the cob and burgers on the BBQ. SIL's BF ate a burger by itself and SIL took everything out of the salad and had some lettuce.
By the way, I am just relating an amusing story, not complaining about their eating habits (no, really). I wasn't put out -- in fact, they are inexpensive houseguests, very easy in that way. I make things that I suspect they may decide to eat, but I know how it is and don't take it personally.
Back to the rude parts: SIL's BF criticized our apparent lack of stuff. He wanted to know why we didn't have an office. Well, it's a 1,000 sq ft house. That phone over there? Is our office. And he wanted to know why we didn't have a kitchen clock. He kept saying that DH and I didn't have as much stuff as he did, because "We have an X room, or X products." He lives with his parents. Yeah, my daddy has an office too.
Also, when they went through our fridge like it was a museum, taking out things and exclaiming over them. I guess it held ultra-exotic fixings or something. At one point, SIL's BF took out something and said, "Did you buy this in America
??" like it was freaky. It was some frozen veggie thing that I probably bought at Food Lion. I mean, really now.
Oh, and then there was the afternoon when the BF seemed to be communicating with one of our cats. I asked him if he liked cats, and he said, "No! I was just looking at it."
What?? When I finally got my speaking voice back, I tried to clarify that I was wondering if he was a cat or a dog person? But he was all flustered and insisting that "it was a logical conclusion" or whatever. (What conclusion?)
Anyway, he went on an on, but I tried to explain that I wasn't accusing him of molesting the cat or whatever, but you know what -- I think I'll just keep him away from my pets. That was weirding me out big-time.
At the end of the visit, they suggested that they stay all week and play house while we're getting work done. Um, no.
Though to his credit, SIL's BF actually thanked me on their way out. I have to admit that it again took me a moment to find my voice. Those two used to be a lot ruder, but they're getting increasingly well-mannered, in my opinion. We've visited with them twice since then, and noticed a change.