While I have a long way to go before getting close to entertaining the idea of living in a mess (i.e. an AOSB pass and getting through RMAS), I was pondering something today, and it doesn't hurt to ask. It's often said that the mess is one's home, and in my home I have friends to stay. Although, I don't share my home with X other people. I'm wondering how friends visiting works - is it acceptable? Is it possible to arrange rooms, or is it a "Thanks, now find a Travelodge nearby" kind of affair? I'm well expecting this to be related to the "How long is a piece of string?" question, but the finer points of mess life are one of the things that are hard to find out about on fam. visits alone. Thanks for any insight, Snoreador.