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Also, the point of this thread is to be able to vent about whatever annoying thing happened with a customer on any given day and comiserate with each other about said annoyances, not to reprimand people for being annoyed. :)

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post #2267 of 3000
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Also, the point of this thread is to be able to vent about whatever annoying thing happened with a customer on any given day and comiserate with each other about said annoyances, not to reprimand people for being annoyed.

No "reprimand" was intended; a request for an after-hours consultation is certainly a legitimate annoyance, no matter what the reason. I was simply both puzzled and slightly amused that "kblickster" seemed to object to the customer's reason for wanting (and being willing to pay for) an after-hours consultation.

 

I make my living as a programmer. The software I write runs on multi-user systems. And as such, it's hardly unusual for me to be asked -- or to volunteer -- to stay late, or come in on a weekend, in order to take care of a problem that can't be taken care of while users are in a customer's system. And yes, on one occasion (throwing my back out severely, while on my fall 2001 vacation), I asked my physician to stay late (which he did), because my train home was running many hours late (because of multiple malfunctions), and I couldn't make the scheduled appointment time. I also had my car attendant re-tag my checked bag, so that I could get off the train about half an hour sooner.

 

I once forfeited an already-paid-for ticket to a Joan Morris concert, because my best friend needed me to work a video crew. He even compensated me for the forfeited ticket. But I made it very clear that it would be the last time I'd be forfeiting a concert ticket, and that in the future, if he wanted my services, he'd have to work around my concert schedule.

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post #2268 of 3000

Professional Dilettante?

So are you the art lover or the one who has only a superficial desultory understanding of…. what exactly?:top hat:

 

or is that some thing NOT to ask/say to a baker? 

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post #2269 of 3000

American Heritage Dictionary (on Yahoo): A dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge.

 

Merriam-Webster: a person whose interest in an art or in an area of knowledge is not very deep or serious.

 

Dictionary.com: a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.

 

I first began so-describing myself on the PIPORG-L list, because I was frequently being mistaken for an expert. But it really does describe me quite well, as I'm a dabbler in practically everything.

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post #2270 of 3000

i think my own comment here is one that i should not say to any of you bakers ;)

 

have you seen the betty crocker sugar cookie mix holiday commercial?

 

"let betty do the measuring for you" and the cute little graphics--oh

 

it is adorable--i just wanna go buy it and make some--

 

i did just get slammed with an a$$ kicking cold so have a little mercy--i am more loopy than usual oh god--

 

--i'm not gonna buy it but the commercial makes me want to--but if i was in a pinch... hahaha

 

it's perfectly inspiring

 

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post #2271 of 3000

:lol:

 

I have a gripe (big surprise, right?)  Why do customers ask for the sun and the moon in terms of cake design and then wonder if it's possible to have different flavors in each tier? Really? You want a peacock chasing a dragon and a 3d representation of your dog on top, but you think baking one tier vanilla and another chocolate might be a big deal?

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I have a gripe (big surprise, right?)  Why do customers ask for the sun and the moon in terms of cake design and then wonder if it's possible to have different flavors in each tier? Really? You want a peacock chasing a dragon and a 3d representation of your dog on top, but you think baking one tier vanilla and another chocolate might be a big deal?

Baking each tier in a different flavor, so guests can have a choice, is easy. Getting venue wait-staff to actually GIVE guests a choice, at least from what I hear (was it this thread, or another), THAT's hard!

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Baking each tier in a different flavor, so guests can have a choice, is easy. Getting venue wait-staff to actually GIVE guests a choice, at least from what I hear (was it this thread, or another), THAT's hard!


I believe that howsweet meant that people ask the world and think it is a 'piece of cake' to pull off but that then that same person would suggest it might be too much for the decorator to use different flavours as if that was the hard part.

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I believe that howsweet meant that people ask the world and think it is a 'piece of cake' to pull off but that then that same person would suggest it might be too much for the decorator to use different flavours as if that was the hard part.

 

when you change the color of modeling paste, fondant, gumpaste  you just add a few drops of color right.

 

maybe these askers think that you just add a teaspoon of coloring & flavoring to the white batter to get chocolate/banana/almond/strawberry/carrot cake.  So what's a few drops of whatever. easy peasy.  

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I believe that howsweet meant that people ask the world and think it is a 'piece of cake' to pull off but that then that same person would suggest it might be too much for the decorator to use different flavours as if that was the hard part.


Thank you - I didn't realize I was so inscrutable. :D

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I have a gripe (big surprise, right?)  Why do customers ask for the sun and the moon in terms of cake design and then wonder if it's possible to have different flavors in each tier? Really? You want a peacock chasing a dragon and a 3d representation of your dog on top, but you think baking one tier vanilla and another chocolate might be a big deal?

I have often wondered this myself lol!!!
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I get this too sometimes. If a place is closed, I come when it's open. Somehow for whatever reason though I have couples expecting availability at any time, day or night. Don't get me wrong, I tell them when I have openings and I stand by it. If they don't like the times, they can either go somewhere else, or they can adjust their schedule. I don't care if they're tired and they just want to sleep in, I'm not available when I'm not available. 

 

Exactly! ;-D

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Originally Posted by LoveMeSomeCake615 View Post
 

Also, the point of this thread is to be able to vent about whatever annoying thing happened with a customer on any given day and comiserate with each other about said annoyances, not to reprimand people for being annoyed. :)

 

This.

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:lol:

 

I have a gripe (big surprise, right?)  Why do customers ask for the sun and the moon in terms of cake design and then wonder if it's possible to have different flavors in each tier? Really? You want a peacock chasing a dragon and a 3d representation of your dog on top, but you think baking one tier vanilla and another chocolate might be a big deal?

In other news, the visual of said cake is pretty epic!  :)

post #2280 of 3000

I know this has been said a gazillion times but...

"Can I have a cake that depicts the life of me and my 4 best friends over the last 20 years?  Oh - and I need it for 10 people."

 

Ummmm.....

 

 

(I was able to convince her that I would need AT LEAST a 2 tier cake...now I just need to come up with a possible design)

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