Well! Today was a pretty big day. I got my first call back for a job interview this time around. I hate getting calls from numbers that I don’t recognize. Usually it is someone who wants to “Let me know about an offer I can’t refuse” or ask me to vote for their favorite candidate. So naturally, I was hesitant to answer this phone call from a 614 number. I have never seen a 614 area code before. But I answered (as I always do for numbers I don’t know) with my impatient “hellooo?” Some middle aged guy asked if this was Melinda Morris- usually a sure sign that it is an unwelcome call. However, I (smartly) remembered that I apply for jobs under my legal name. So I told him that I was she. Good move, Min! He was calling to see if I was interested in setting up an interview for tomorrow. Luckily, my schedule is pretty wide open- so I squeezed him in. I’ll let you know tomorrow how that works out.
On another exciting note… I also started working my way through the stack of photography books I got from the library yesterday. I spent my entire morning reading the book Exposure by Chris Weston. Around one o’clock I took a break from my reading and ventured into the back yard to test out my new knowledge. Well, my experimenting was cut short by the quickly multiplying bugs appearing on my arms and legs. Interesting- now I have a clue as to why my little dog is always so itchy. Imagine the bug-infested grass being almost as tall as you!
I had better luck this evening from the safety of my porch. Since I didn’t much care for the whole “backyard experience” I practiced with the props I had available. The result??? Pictures of the sun setting through my wine glass. That’s not a clever way of saying “the sunset through my eyes.” I mean I was actually taking sunset pictures through a wine glass.
Last bit of excitement for today: I had a great hotel-room-booking experience. Kevin and I are taking my mom and dad to Vegas this weekend so they can see the Beatles LOVE (which Kevin took me to see for my birthday this year). It’s pretty much the greatest show ever. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge Beatles fan. It’s actually a part of the “Kevin and Mindy Fall in Love” story. The first night that I was in Chicago, he and his roommate took me to O’Callaghan’s and I just so happened to discover the jukebox. Well, would you believe that there was not a single Beatles song listed??? Kevin said he knew he wanted to date me when I came up with the alternative plan to see if they had the Across the Universe Soundtrack. At the time I didn’t realize that he is as big a Beatles fan as I am. So that is part of that story.
Okay, back to booking the room… I did several searches and the best prices I found were through http://www.getaroom.com. Now, here is a little secret I have learned over time. Yes, the internet has great deals and you can compare lots of rates-BUT- you can almost always get a better deal than what is listed by calling them!!! Take that little nugget as my travel lesson/tip for today.
So, knowing what I know, I called GetARoom (love that name!) and the woman told me that the rate for that hotel room was exactly what I had displayed on the computer screen in front of me. Now, take note… (here is the real tip) ALL I said was “Okay, before I book it, I was just wondering if you had any kind of unlisted rates for that room.” That was it. No sweet talk, no convincing. Just say the magic words “unlisted rates” and you will most likely hear a response that goes something like this: “Well, yes, Miss Morris (or insert your name here). I can get you the same room for $174 per night.” The originally listed price “discount price” was $200. Since we are staying for three nights, that was an immediate $77 savings. I wonder how quickly we could lose that in Vegas? 🙂