Staying in B and Bs means I don't have to feel I'm imposing on kind friends who say "do come and stay" but then understandably add so many ifs and buts that it's more trouble than it's worth.
(1) - Check-out process at the Auld Reekie B and B. The manager was ever so polite to start with, in an Edinburgh middle class way. Later he became Fawltyesque:
Him: when you come back next week, what time will you be checking in?
Me: I'm not sure yet.
Him: well if it's nice weather I don't want to be stuck behind reception waiting for you.
Me: okay, I'll text you an exact time on the day before I arrive
Him: well, I prefer not to get business calls on my mobile.
Me: okay, I've got your email address so I'll email you.
Him: well if you don't mind it's more convenient if you ring our landline and leave a message.
(2) - The Glasgow B and B check in process:
Me: Booking for McClochendichter. I've asked for a quiet room at the back.
Him: Aye, right, sign this, here's yur key.