Here's an e-mail I got from AustinL@netzero.com: (yes, I'm outing him... just in case you're googling him!)
please tell me what your prices are across the board. maybe if you have a price list for everything on your website would be nice...My suspicious were aroused, but I replied anyway:
Thanks for your inquiry!so he replied with his phone number, and I phoned him this morning. He was very direct, unlike most of the people I deal with. Here is what I remember of the phonecall:
I don't have prices like a restaurant menu... Give me your phone number, and I'd be happy to discuss what I can do for you.
me: Hi, this is Chef JoAnna, I'm returning your messageso I called him back, he didn't answer. I left him a message telling him that that was already tipped off that he was just trying to find my prices. Nobody's ever questioned or addressed my culinary eduation, and that he was very confrontative. Then he called ME back, and I DID answer, and he told me that confrontative wasn't a word, and I just kept saying, "Austin, you've changed my life! Thank you!" hee hee. Then, I couldn't resist. I sent him this:
AustinL@netzero.com: Hi. So, what are your rates?
me: well it depends on what you want
AustinL@netzero.com: no, just tell me your rates
me: well, it's not like you're going to best buy and getting a chef machine, it depends on what you're looking for
AustinL@netzero.com: you're insulting me, why don't you just tell me your rates?
me: because it depends, are you looking for a party, or a dinner for two... the level of service...
AustinL@netzero.com: ok, a dinner for two.
me: weeknight or weekend?
a weeknight is ___ and a weekend is ___
AustinL@netzero.com: and what about a party
me: it depends on what you want
AustinL@netzero.com: you've got a chip on your shoulder, probably because of your Art |nstitute education. good luck. [click]
Dear, DEAR Austin,e-mail me offline if you want his phone number! And if anyone knows who this guy is, I'd be tickled to know more about him.
Seems my vocabulary if just fine....
Have a nice life!
Last thing I ate or drank:My daily latte. Yum!
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