Saturday Appointments, A.K.A. Russian Roulette

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The word "SATURDAY" written in vintage wooden letterpress type.

So, I am available ┬áby appointment on Saturdays. I realize that people’s weeks are busy and it is simply easier for some to meet on the weekend.

Every time I set one I cringe. Not because I am coming in on a Saturday. That isn’t a big deal. I cringe because I know that there is an even chance that I’ll be stood up. I’ve been burned in the past so I take steps to protect myself. I confirm the appointment the day before. I give them my cell number and ask that they please let me know if they can’t make it.

I’ll even call the morning of the appointment to confirm that they have the address/directions. I know that if they don’t answer or call back I’ll be sitting in the office waiting it out.

It boggles my mind.

The best times are when I have a 10am appointment and I hang around the office until about noon. I’ll get a call at 2pm because the client is outside my office wondering why the door is locked. When I tell them I waited two hours and they didn’t answer when I called; so I moved on with my day they get in a huff. It doesn’t matter because I don’t want to work with people like that but it still puzzles the heck out of me. What do they think I mean by “appointment only?” What happened to courtesy?

Well, let’s see what’s in the chamber today…

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