What your flower delivery person whishes you knew.
Mother's Day flower deliveries are this week, Friday and Saturday.
Those who've read my blog for a while will recognize these, but i hope you will all pass them around.
So, once again, from the point of view of
the person who just might be delivering your flowers, comes a few hints
for how to make my job easier and assure that you will get those flowers
there. 1. Order early. Earlier than that. Yes, that early.
Here's the thing. The florists order lots and lots of flowers, and
some are going to be in better shape than others. The nicest ones get
used first. By 3pm on the Saturday before Mother's Day, they are using the ones they
would have passed over earlier. Ordering ahead, and ordering for early
delivery, gets you the nicest selection.
Ordering early also means that if we can't find your location or have trouble, we
have time for a redelivery.
Mark your home well! This is for your benefit as well as ours. After
all, if we can't find you, what makes you think the EMTs can find you in
the middle of the night? 3.
Delivery drivers know the town in general, but not every single side
street, business, nook and cranny. Give us your whole, complete
address. This means include:
Avenue, Street, Boulevard, Drive, Circle, Lane, or whatever is in the actual title of your street.
Your apartment complex name and apartment number or the nursing home name and room number or the business name and office number/division of the business where your sweetheart works.
You know where it is, but we don't, and it's no fun having to guess.
If you live in a gated community, please tell us, and give us a way to
get in. It's frustrating not to be able to get to your home because we
need a code. Give us a phone number, and i'll talk more about that
5. The same goes for if you are having flowers delivered
to a limited access work place. Make sure we can get in there to it.
More than once i've had to wait until someone was leaving the building
to beg to be brought in, and had to register, and all of that. Again, a
phone number helps.
you and your recipient are both at work all day, give us permission,
when you place the order, to leave the flowers in a safe place by your
back door, under a patio, or with a neighbor.
7. Tell us what
time your recipeint gets off work, if you really want us to go there.
It's frustrating to get there a half hour after s/he got off for the
8. About phone numbers: tell your recipient to answer the
phone! Yes, you usually don't answer if you don't recognize the
number. Tell him/her to answer anyway, on this day, because there is a
surprise coming. Give us your number as well, and answer it. If we can
get in touch with you, or your recipient, we can work out most
delivery complications easily.
Yes, i know, you want it to be a surprise. So, if we have to call the recipient, the surprise comes over the phone. That's better than the nasty surprise of us not being able to get it delivered at all.
9. Please if you ask us to deliver to the school, make sure you let us know it's a school, and order early enough that we can get there before the carpool line starts. The people in the carpool lane
get very upset with us, as they think we are cutting in line. Tell us if the person is in the office, a teacher, or someone in the cafeteria or on the janitorial staff, too. One year it took the office people 20 minutes to figure out who the person was and in which department.
10. Remember your driver is paid only for
completed deliveries. Time is of the essence for us, we want to
successfully deliver as many items as we can, for the joy it brings you
and the money it brings us. There's no shame in earning some extra cash
by doing this service, so help us serve you better by following the
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Bonnie Blue Horse Show -- Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA, US (a major, A-rated, all-breed event of the American Horse Show Association; through Saturday)
Box Camera Day -- George Eastman patented the Box Camera on this day in 1888
Day of the Soldier -- El Salvador
Desert Folk Festival -- Homs and Palmyra Syria (keeping the culture of the desert peoples alive for the next generations; through Saturday)
Election Day -- South Africa
Experience the Awesome Stomach-Churning Wonder of a Thrill Ride Day -- internet generated, and they can have it!
Feast of St. Nicola -- Bari, Italy (celebrates's the moving of the relics of St. Nicholas -- yes, later Santa Claus -- to this town, where they still are; here he is patron of orphans and pirates, and the date of his body's arrival is celebrated as a huge three-day festival with fireworks included)
Fire Escape Ladder Day -- Joseph Winters patented a wagon-mounted version on this day in 1878
Great American Grump Out Day -- encouraging everyone to avoid grumpiness and rudeness for 24 hours; who knows, you might enjoy it so much it will stick!
Hamburg Harbor Day -- Hamburg, Germany (founding of the city)
Homeland Defender's Day -- Kazakhstan
Homespun History Day -- internet holiday often exploited by Modern Drunkard Magazine as a day upon which to drink specifically so the stories will sound better
National School Nurse Day -- US (the school nurse is there to help!)
Nones of May -- Ancient Roman Calendar
Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day -- US (info here)
Radio Day -- Bulgaria; Russia
St. Domitian of Huy's Day (Patron of Huy Liege, Belgium; against fever)
Thank Your School Librarian Day -- US (American Association of School Librarians)
Upper Canada Village -- Morrisburg, ON, Canada (through early October, various programs that let visitors and students enter the world of the 1860s)
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Owen Hart, 1965 Peter Reckell, 1955 Amy Heckerling, 1954 Tim Russert, 1950 Johnny Unitas, 1933 Teresa Brewer, 1931 Darren McGavin, 1922 Eva Peron, 1919 Gary Cooper, 1901 Archibald Macleish, 1892 Gabby Hayes, 1885 Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840 Johannes Brahms, 1833 Robert Browning, 1812 Francis Beaufort, 1774 David Hume, 1711
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Today in History:
The dome of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople collapses, 558 Joan of Arc leads the final charge in the Battle of Orleans, 1429 Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles, 1664 The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, 1718 Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia, 1727 Chief Pontiac begins the "Conspiracy of Pontiac" by attacking British forces at Fort Detroit, 1763 The independence of Greece is recognized by the Treaty of London, 1832 George Eastman patents the "Kodak Box Camera," 1888 In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector — a primitive radio receiver, 1895 German submarine SM U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, 1915 England lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21, 1928 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees, 1946 The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress, 1948 The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer, 1952 Canadian Patrick Morrow became the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits, 1986 The Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on its first mission, 1992 Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history, 1998 The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered, 2007 A new study reports that all Europeans are related to a small group of ancestors dating back only 1,000 years; researchers believe it's likely that everyone in the world is related over the past few thousand years, 2013