Anyway, we sold a record number of tickets today in the end, so it wasn't all bad. Don't let my venting confuse the issue, though. If anyone reading this is in NY now or is planning to come here any time, you really have to see the deck. It is absolutely worth it. And i'm not just saying that because they're our clients. Sure, it's the first week and we're ironing out training issues and operations issues and all sorts of things, but the deck and the view speak for themselves. Look around online for some photos and you'll see what i mean.
So, some more things i learned about America today:
- Americans will do anything to get a free ticket or a discount, including be unreasonable, illogical, stupid, and even just plain rude. Even when they know they're being unreasonable. Probably especially then. If you bought two tickets to an attraction, and went up and saw the attraction, and later that day you got a coupon for 2 for 1, would you go back to the attraction and demand that they refund one of your tickets? To me it seems completely idiotic, but it seems that to the majority of the americans visiting the deck, this is perfectly normal behaviour. The foreigners don't seem to have a problem with it. In the real world we have a saying: tough luck.
- Americans really think south africans live in the bush. They are continuously surprised to discover that we have buildings, cars, jobs, clothes, and don't ride around on elephants and get chased by lions. Seriously. I am getting tired of saying things like 'yes, we live in houses'. So to clarify: the wild animals are in game reserves, we have cities and wear normal clothes and have mtv.
- Starbucks is king. hazelnut cappucino is the shit.
Seriously, if any of these are misconceptions, they have only themselves to blame.
I succeeded in my mission to try altoids, they taste exactly the same as Wilson's XXX mints. They are not 'curiously strong', they are exactly as strong as i would expect a mint to be. disappointing. Oh, and i took a walk in central park. Saw a rat, and the park smells like urine. Also disappointing although the pond was quite pretty. I think i'll take some photos, which won't include the smell.
Tomorrow i have the day off. I am going to try and visit the museum of natural history and the planetarium. I might also invest in a pair of flat shoes. my feet are sore. Let you know more tomorrow.