Any small business owner worth their salt cares about their customers and does everything they can to earn and keep their business. Here at the Gypsy Journal we always try to go the extra mile to let our readers know how much they mean to us. But we realize that we can’t always please everybody, and on some rare occasions we have a reader who expects too much. There was a comment in yesterday’s blog from a couple who seem to fit that description. I cut and pasted the comment they left below:
“We left the fairgrounds in Tucson this mourning headed to Quartsite. 3 mornings in a row we came to introduce ourselves and your curtains were always closed. We knocked once and nobody answered. Guess your to busy or stuck up to meet your blog readers. No problemo there are plenty of other ones to read. Former readers Roy & Jan Williams“
I’m sorry we weren’t available when they came by, and really sorry that they think we are stuck up. I think (hope) anyone who has met us would disagree with that. Anybody who has read the blog very long should know that we are night owls. I usually write until midnight, or even 1 AM when I’m on a roll. That includes this blog and whatever book I’m working on, or stories for the paper. I got into this routine a long time ago because quite often people do stop by during the day, and I’m not able to just walk away from the computer like I would a workbench, and come back later and pick up right where I left off.
And once I’m done writing for the day, there are usually emails that need answered, I login my book sales from Amazon for the day to keep track of the trends, and occasionally I’ll pop into Facebook to see what’s going on in my authors group there. Then we take our showers and get ready for bed, which is seldom before 1:30 or 2 AM. Which means that we usually don’t get out of bed until 9:30 or 10 the next morning, and sometimes we just lay there and cuddle and talk for a while.
And yes, if someone does knock on our door in the morning when the curtains are closed, we don’t usually answer it. That’s our time, and if that makes us selfish, so be it. On the other hand, anytime you see the curtain over our door open, feel free to come by and say hello. We love meeting our readers. If you’re really lucky and time it right, Miss Terry might have a project on her loom that she’ll be happy to show you. And if you’re really, really lucky, she may have just made a sweet treat or some fresh bread that we will share with you!
On another note, blog reader Madelyn Bason sent me an email yesterday asking me to warn snowbirds headed south for the winter to be careful using their credit cards. She said their card was hacked three times following purchases at Flying J truck stops in Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia this week, and they didn’t realize it until their card was declined at another fuel stop. This happens all over the country, not just at Flying J. Thieves put something called a skimmer into the credit card slot at the pumps and capture your information when you make a payment. That’s why we never use a debit card at a fuel pump. With our credit cards it’s much easier and faster to get a problem resolved than with a debit card.
It’s Thursday, and you know what that means. It’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Highland Passage by J.L Jarvis. It’s a time travel historical romance that begins with the heroine blacking out following a car crash on an icy road, and waking up in a mysterious stone chamber being cared for by a kilted man who claims to be an eighteenth century Scottish highlander. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – A “lethal dose” is also a “lifetime supply.”