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socks and cat

great party

Today's party was a delight! All the girls would "oooooooh" and "aaaaaaah!" every time I showed them a new trick they were about to learn. They kept saying things like "this is so fun" and "this is so exciting" and they were laughing so hard at each other at times that they actually fell over onto each other. They even had my favorite kind of client. There was a girl in the party who said at the start that she was too scared and nervous to do it and was afraid of looking foolish. By half way into the party she was dancing and spinning and had a huge smile on her face like she loved every minute of it and was delighted by her accomplishments. You can't ask for anything more fulfilling from a party!

On the down side, these girls did what the last party did. They got my e-mail confirmation with instructions and the address and ignored it. Then they googled for me online to find my address, found my mailing address, and showed up at my PO Box. I do everything possible to prevent this. I do not have my mailing address on my website. I never give my clients my mailing address. I don't include my mailing address in my confirmation either. I go to great lengths to make sure my clients never get their hands on my mailing address so that they don't show up there by mistkae. But if they go out of their way to google and research and manage to dig up my mailing address from sites that I don't have any control of, there is nothing I can do about it. I just wish they wouldn't waste their time researching on the internet to find the wrong address. If they forgot to save my address, I wish they would just call or e-mail before the party and tell me they forgot to save it.


This is where you have to consider the ugly option: Bold capital letters that overstate the obvious, since there's a trend to miss the obvious (well, two isn't a trend, but give it time...) and say something like: YOU NEED TO ARRIVE AT THE ADDRESS IN THIS EMAIL. IT IS NOT LISTED ON THE INTERNET AND I WILL NO LONGER BE REFUNDING DEPOSITS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LATE BECAUSE THEY DID NOT FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS or something elegant, but blunt that they can't skip or miss.

Simply say somewhere early in the email "Do NOT Google my address. Online mapping sites will give you the Wrong Directions." Or something to that effect.