¡Maldita vampira!

In the end, it was not salmonella that killed me, but rather exposure to the sun. I stood outside the entrance to the Château de Chaumont, handing out 10% off coupons for the bed-and-breakfast that our company bought a few weeks ago, in a panicked last-ditch attempt to get people in the rooms before The Big Cheez (our president) arrives on Friday.

I will be interested to see if this new marketing scheme is at all fruitful, since I was passed by a total of about 60 groups/couples, most of whom were either local, already had rooms for the night, or didn't speak enough French or English to understand what I was talking about.

So the rewards reaped from three hours of flyering may consist of... the sunburn I got on one shoulder because I missed a spot with my sunblock. Oh yeah, and the enormous, horrible headache I got from the sunshine. It was so bad that I had to tell my supervisor I was going to take off from work to go sit in the dark for a while. This turned into a two-hour nap-break in the middle of the afternoon that still didn't completely cure it but at least got me to the point where I could open my eyes enough to look at a computer screen.

In a way, I hope that our efforts worked, because the B&B needs all the help it can get. In another way, I hope they don't work at all, because it might influence the Powers that Be to abandon this plan before I have to go out again next week.

srah - Tuesday, 15 June 2004 - 4:59 PM

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Comments (8)

gravatar Jez - June 16, 2004 - 10:38 AM -

Don't they advertise with local tourist offices? The Loire is tourist central. There's no reason why the place shouldn't be full every night!

gravatar srah - June 16, 2004 - 12:01 PM -

I don't know what they do, other than make me stand out in the sun!

gravatar MaTT - June 16, 2004 - 10:57 PM -

You should have protested and said "i am a web design goddess! those like me [the few that there are] should not have to perform such lowly work!" and demand that they use more of those undergrads who can't speak any french at all...

gravatar srah - June 17, 2004 - 3:35 AM -

Unfortunately, we don't own the undergrads. They're just visitors.

*skin peels*

gravatar Cheryl - June 17, 2004 - 3:21 PM -

You need a hat.

gravatar Cheryl - June 17, 2004 - 3:22 PM -

A beret! Buy a beret! I mean bidet! (sorry)

gravatar MaTT - June 18, 2004 - 3:24 AM -

Hmm, too bad -- undergrads should be put to better use... i still think you should get them to run errands for you (except not for food, b/c they might come back with all kinds of weird things and get ripped off in the process...)

gravatar mommy - June 18, 2004 - 10:18 AM -

I hope you are feeling better now. Everyone has left for Mackinac. I am at the conference.

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