June 26th, 2008

Hmm...brains!

I'm sorry...

I had one very disappointed potential customer on the phone today. We have been playing phone tag for a couple days because she really wanted a pole party this Saturday. I left her a message yesterday letting her know that some one else really wants that spot on Saturday too and she needs to call me Wednesday (today) by noon if she wants it. She never called by noon. Two other girls called and e-mailed asking for last minute parties this Saturday. I called the girl back who wanted it first and left her ANOTHER voice mail saying I would hold the spot until 5:00pm.

She finally called me back late this evening and was devastated to find out I had sold the spot to some one else. Even though she had never put down a deposit for the party, she went ahead and made plans with her friends for it. They even made dinner reservations based on a time they thought would work best for the pole party they were going to book. She asked me to please cancel on one of the other parties I had booked on Saturday so they could have it, but I had to refuse. She said, "But I called first. I asked for that spot first." I didn't have the heart to tell her that in business, you can never turn away some one with cash in their hand for some one who claims they are going to pay you later for that same item. You would go broke if you did. Instead, I just told her that I couldn't keep turning people away when I couldn't get a hold of her in person. I tried. I really tried. I even referred her to my competition, hoping she could get a party somewhere else. But no one is going to book her on such short notice during the busy season. I wish she was the type to check her voicemail and return calls on time so the party could have been reserved for her. I really did not like to have to let her down like that.
BOOT fetish

Do my feet just not like combat boots?

The Doc Martens I ordered came in a smaller size today and they still aren't that comfy. Everyone who wrote reviews of these boots said that they didn't even need breaking in because they were so comfortable. But to me they just feel bulky and stiff. Since they're leather, will they just break in and feel better later? I'm not sure if I should keep them or not. I need them for the cruise. But I don't want to end up blowing this kind of money on boots that don't feel good. I already have two other pairs of combat boots that don't feel right, that's why I ordered these new ones.
socks and cat

Here's hoping it's true.

My agent showed me a "duplex" today for sale in my price range - and it is commercially zoned and very legal to run a business out of. I put duplex in quotes because I would hardly call the second property a home (I'll talk about that in a second). The house in front was pretty fabulous for a 96 year old home. Some one had turned the upstairs into a separate apartment. So I could live up there with a kitchen, an office, a bedroom and a third very small room that I would convert into a walk in closet.

The downstairs would need at least 3 walls torn out to make it 700 square foot studio that will hold 4 poles. My feeling was that even if I was willing to put in $25,000 or so to do the job, I simply don't have time to hire for and supervise the job. My agent suggested we offer the seller an extra $10,000 on top of his asking price and then ask him to do it for me. I said that sounded reasonable to me and so we're going to meet tomorrow to write up an offer. It's not a done deal of course. Even if they accept my offer, I still have to have the home inspected.

The house in back is nothing more than a garage converted into a good size studio apartment. It is in sad shape, including a wall that somehow got water in it. The agent thinks I can fix it for about $6,000 and rent it out for about $650 per month.

Ironically, this place is only one block south of the $3,000 work/live space I'm about to close the deal on. When I told him about it (he knows I'm working with a leasing agent) he asked to see it. So we used his real estate agent key to get in and I got another look. The good news; the ceilings are only vaulted on one side of the top floor. The other side can hold my 6 foot tall book case. The REALLY bad news; we measured the dance studio. It will be the world's tiniest pole dance studio ever. It's probably only 40 square feet larger than my current one. Considering that all my competitors have much bigger studios, I'm going to really have to sell myself on the quality of my classes rather than the size of the studio. How does that saying go? It's not the size, it's what you do with it. Here's hoping it's true.