July 9th, 2010

fatuous lunatic

What is "last minute?"

Today is Friday. The client wants meeting space MONDAY MORNING at 630AM!!!! In Genoa, Italy. This was brought to my attention at approximate 1130AM PST, by which time the hotel in Genoa was already telling the admin that no one was available who would be able to help with the meeting space until the following morning Genoa time.

I then called the hotel myself, spoke to the guy at the hotel who barely spoke English, but got the same idea across, that we needed to call in the morning. Except I don't work on weekends.

When we tried to convey that this was going to be a problem, an email came back saying the following:

The room request is for Monday, not like it's tomorrow. Not angry at you , but whoever your manager is, this is an unacceptable response. That is why The Law Firm hired The Travel Agency, to take care of the attorneys, whether or not it's last minute, in this case it is not.

Presumably I should be happy there are no strings involved.
Anything Goes

30 Days of Writing Questions-Day 25

Ganked from zekkass

Here's the list

25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.

YES! Finally something I want to talk about.

Let's start with John Barrowman. One of the things I love about Mr. Barrowman is his love of his doggies. He talks about them in his stage show. Writes about them in his books. Does VIDEOS of them. In the past he and Scott have mostly had Cocker Spaniels, but recent John has acquired a Jack Russell called Captain Jack a/k/a CJ. The classic Jack Russell has a temperment that is so completely like John's in terms of ebullient friskiness that I tend to think that CJ is like Jack whereas the more placid spaniels are more like Scott.

Whenever I write RPS or RPF involving John or the Barrowman/Gill household, I always try to incorporate the dogs and keep track of which ones they had at which times, including the ones that died in the past few years and what stage of doggie mourning the guys might be in. One of my favorite things about writing Barrowman/Tennant is the doggies.

I even wrote a pure fluff fic where Harris (John & Scott's newest Spaniel) meets Bo, President Obama's Portuguese Water Dog.

I'm still working my way through the first season of White Collar, but when I got a "puppy" prompt yesterday, my thoughts immediately turned to Peter & Elizabeth's beautiful golden retriever, Satchmo. I like the show, like it a lot, but I really love Satchmo. More of the doggie and less plot-holes would be really awesome. If I do write full-blown fic for this show, beyond the drabbles, I'd definitely find ways to incorporate Satchmo.

My Marti Hirsh mysteries have a dachsund, whose name is eluding me at the moment, which is pathetic considering how much I loved writing that doggie. Sleek and brick collared, and somewhat based on Barry Manilow's beagle, Bagle. I can't believe that I can't remember the dog's name, but blame it on swiss cheese brain.

I even implied that Marti only got together with the nice-guy she'd known in high school, who's name I also can't remember, because she loves his dog.

Just to get away from dogs, for a second, the protagonist of my West Hollywood novel has a rabbit, but that was pretty much for the fairly lame joke of calling it Dennis (as in Hopper).