It's that time of year again. Valentine's Day flowers will be delivered, and i get to play Cupid's assistant.
So i have some tips for those of you who will be ordering flowers. Please share links to these tips with everyone you know who will be ordering flowers, candy, or whatever. It will save everyone involved a lot of headaches.
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 Valentine'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.
Get them delivered the day before, to get extra points with your sweetheart. It means you didn't dawdle, you have flowers today, dinner out and a gift tomorrow, you made a big thing of it. It also means you get the nicest flowers, as noted above. And, if we can't find your location or have trouble, we have time for a redelivery.
Think about it. You have flowers or candy or cupcakes or whatever delivered a day before. You come home with a card. Then, on the big day, you still go out for dinner and all the trimmings. You have just let this person know you are not simply waiting for someone to slap you upside the head and tell you to get with it, the big day is tomorrow. You are plotting and planning and putting thought into a buildup. It goes a long way, baby.
2. 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.
4. 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 later.
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.
6. If you and your sweetheart 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 sweetheart 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 day.
8. About phone numbers: tell your sweetheart 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 sweetheart, we can work out most delivery complications easily.
9. High school students, please do not ask us to deliver to the school. The people in the carpool lane get very upset with us, as they think we are cutting in line, and your sweetheart doesn't need the aggravation of trying to bring a bouquet home on the bus.
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 tips above!
Thank you, and have a lovely Valentine's Day.
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday -- US (with a wreath laying ceremony at the rebuilt cabin near where he was born)
Days (through the 14th) -- Scottish Highlands (Gaelic Faoilteach, days
supposedly borrowed from January, and if the weather is bad, the rest of
the year will be good.)
Darwin Day -- International (birth anniversary)
Day Holy to Diana -- Ancient Roman Calendar
Culture Day -- New Mexico, US ("to celebrate and honor all past,
present, and future extraterrestrial visitors in ways to enhance
relationships among all citizens of the cosmos, known and unknown.")
sur le Niger -- Segou, Mali (Festival on the Niger, an annual heritage
celebration, with a special combination festival with the Festival au
Desert on the 14th; through the 17th)
International Pancake Day
Penny Day -- in honor of pennies, the first US coin to commemorate a
person; collect all those pennies you have hanging around and donate
them to a good cause
Mardi Gras -- Fat Tuesday, Carnival, the
last day to feast before the Lenten fast begins tomorrow, greeted with
revelry in many parts of the world; related observances and names:
Scotland, Fasten's E'en or Bannocky Day
Portuguese, Terça-feira Gorda
Italian, Martedì Grasso
Spanish, Martes de Carnaval
Hawaiian, Malasada Day
Icelandic, Sprengidagur (literally, Bursting Day)
also Pancake Day or Bursting Day, the day to eat the last of the eggs
and butter in the form of some kind of fried cakes, and to eat until
National Sports Day -- Qatar
Oglethorpe Day/Georgia Day -- Georgia, US (landing of General Oglethorpe at what is now Savannah in 1733)
Pick A New Love Song Day -- internet generated, and why? Only bother if your old one has worn thin.
Plum Pudding Day -- shouldn't this be at Christmas? Ah, well, i don't set them, i just report them.
Powamu Festival -- Pueblo/Hopi Native Americans (8 day sacred Bean Dance and purification ceremonies; date approximate)
Red Hand Day -- UN (Drawing attention to the plight of child soldiers.)
Runic Half Month of Sigel (Sun) begins
Sacrifice to Dionysos -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
Shrove Tuesday -- Christian
Julian the Hospitaler (Patron of boatmen, carnival/circus workers,
childless people, clowns, ferrymen, fiddlers, hospitality, hotel
keepers/innkeepers, jugglers, knights, pilgrims, repentant murderers,
shepherds, travellers, wandering musicians; to obtain lodging while
travelling; San Giljan, Malta)
Union Day -- Myanmar
World Ag Expo -- Tulare, CA, US (largest farm and equipment show in North America; through Thursday)
Youth Day -- Venezuela
Jennifer Stone, 1993
Christina Ricci, 1980
Naseem Hamed, 1974
Arsenio Hall, 1955
Joanna Kerns, 1953
Michael McDonald, 1952
Steve Hackett, 1950
Ray Manzarek, 1939
Judy Blume, 1938
Bill Russell, 1934
Joe Garagiola, 1926
Franco Zeffirelli, 1923
Dom DiMaggio, 1917
Lorne Greene, 1915
Ted Mack, 1904
Omar Bradley, 1893
John Graham Chambers, 1843
Charles Darwin, 1809
Abraham Lincoln, 1809
Cotton Mather, 1663
John Winthrop the Younger, 1606
John Winthrop the Elder, 1588
Kujo Yoritsune, Japanese shogun, 1218
Maria Therese Habsburg marries Emperor Francios I, 1736
Michigan State University is founded, 1855
Today in History:
Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India, 1502
Santiago, Chile, is founded by Pedro de Valdivia, 1541
A year after claiming the throne of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is beheaded for treason, 1554
The Onderlinge van 1719 u.a., the oldest existing life insurance company in the Netherlands is founded, 1719
Englishman James Oglethorpe founds Georgia, the 13th colony of the Thirteen Colonies, and its first city at Savannah, 1733
The first US fugitive slave law, requiring the return of runaway slaves, is passed, 1793
The Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest working opera house in Europe, is destroyed by fire, 1816
Creek Indian treaty is signed, requiring the tribes to turn over all of
their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by Sept. 1 the
following year, 1825
Ecuador annexes the Galapagos Islands, 1832
Official proclamation sets April 15 as last day of grace for US silver coins to circulate in Canada, 1870
The US Congress abolishes bimetallism and authorizes $1 and $3 gold coins, 1873
King David Kalakaua of the Sandwich Islands/Hawaii becomes the first king to visit the US, 1874
The first news dispatch by telephone takes place, between Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, 1877
of the Battle of Isandlwana, the single greatest defeat for the British
Army at the hands of a native army, reaches London, 1879
The New York to Paris auto race, via Alaska and Siberia, begins; George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel, 1908
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms, 1909
The last Ch'ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Hsuan T'ung, abdicates, 1912
A meteor creates an impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, in the Soviet Union, 1947
U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 towards Venus, 1961
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, is exiled from the Soviet Union, 1974
Carmen Lawrence becomes the first female Premier in Australian history when she becomes Premier of Western Australia, 1990
Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros
becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid, 2001
of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to
same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom,
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