I'm booked for mid-Feb. Basically I'm the only person staying in Venice based on the responses I received from every discount joint I tried.
very excited about going 'home' "..torno a serenissima .."

btw : This place looks great for the cheap photographer looking for bright open views, clean rooms, and a place near neighborhoods and stations; they offered me a room with private bath for 30/35 euro:

http://www.casagerottocalderan.com/

Thanks again,
Victor