It's been a very long day, my hands hurt so it's harder to type, therefore i will wait to tell the delivery stories.
Instead i will give suggestions for those who order flowers for their loved ones on Valentine's Day.
First, for delivery people of every stripe, not to mention emergency services people, please put numbers on your house or mailbox, and make sure they can be seen easily from the road. This can't be stressed often enough.
If you live in a place where they are building a new subdivision, petition them to put up the street signs sooner rather than later. It's a pain having to guess whether this is the right street, much less the right house.
When an apartment complex is involved, give us the apartment number. Many complexes refuse to tell us where you live for security purposes, and they often will not let us leave it at the office for you, since they don't want to be responsible for it.
If you live in a gated community, for Pete's sake tell us that we have to get a gate code to even get near your house. Then, also, make sure you give us a phone number where you can be reached so we can call and get that number. Better yet, have us deliver to your spouse's work, instead of leaving us frustrated at the gate with no way to get in touch with you because no one is home.
That leads to the tip about phone numbers. Leave us a cell phone number, not just the house number. If no one is home, i can call you, get the gate code if i need it, and even if i don't i can get permission to leave your flowers on the back porch or another safe location.
If your sweet heart works in a secure building that needs special access, let us know that, too. That person's direct cell or business number will help, too. We can call and get them to come let us in.
Yes, you want it to be a surprise. Well, it is still a surprise when a stranger calls and says, "Hi, i'm Jane with XYZ Flowers, and i have a delivery for you. I understand you have a secure building, could you tell me the best way to get them to you?" The recipient is still surprised and delighted, and there is no disappointment of us not even being able to get it to him/her.
Give us your phone number, too. That way, if we can't get in touch with the recipient, we can call you for instructions.
If you really want those flowers to arrive on time and with a happy driver, give us more info, not less.
High School kids, do not have flowers delivered to the school. Let your darling get home to find them there. Trust me, much easier on us, and easier on them than trying to drag a huge balloon bouquet and flowers sloshing water all over on the bus.
If your Valentine is at a business, give us the business name as well as the address. It helps to know it is at SoSo Furniture or Max's Dress Shop, and not have to guess or try to find addresses on the buildings.
In short, think about how a person who knows the town in general, but doesn't necessarily know every street and every business, will find you or the one you love quickly and easily. It will save you being disappointed.
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8 hours ago
Good advice.. no wonder I didn't get any flowers. ;)ReplyDelete
Well said. Terrific advice for anyone giving directions for anything!ReplyDelete
We have "fire numbers" out here, so the homes are marked pretty well, but yes, in town, Good Gravy, I tried to find a friend's house, I found out the town she is in has a 7th Street, that becomes something else, then becomes 7th again. I, not knowing this, could not fathom why the numbers stopped waaaaay short of her house number. I laugh about the bit on high school flower giving. Never received them at school, but rode the bus. Splashing and wet seats weren't exactly the bus driver's cup of tea, either...ReplyDelete
Hope that you are doing a bit better!
Hilary, your Frank needs someone to remind him, doesn't he?ReplyDelete
PonyGirl, yes, whenever you are giving directions, for heaven's sake make it as if you are telling someone with no knowledge of the area. It can't hurt.
Cat, yes, street names change here, too. You cross a major intersection and the street name is totally different.
I am sorry that your hands are uncomfortable, Mimi, but I appreciate the useful suggestions you are making. It promotes the kind of thinking about things that makes it easier on everyone. Good directions are powerful tools to have, and being able to give them is a wonderful skill. I hope that you are able to rest and recover with a sense of satisfaction about what you did for Valentine's Day.ReplyDelete