Down a dark deserted hallway
There’s a small windowless room
Where Melanie the Masseuse lies encased in her tomb
Century’s passed since she last uttered a word
Era’s gone by and she has not stirred
She lies there dreaming of a life that once was
Memories are sharp
Digging around with their claws
Being cryogenically frozen in space and time
Her lips and skin blue
Hair matted down like glue
She lays there awake
Her mind never off
She see’s only the darkness behind
an old linen cloth
The hallway outside brightens and buzzes
The flourescent lights turning on
Her ears perk up
“What’s going on? What’s happening out there?”
Rolling down her cheek is a lonesome frightful tear.
Someone rambles in
her chambers where she lies within
“Hello? Is someone there?”
“It’s just me your next client. Do not be alarmed, I’m compliant.
Your clients await you, they’re filing in by the masses.
So get up my dear friend,
Get up and massage 400 asses.”
I’m waiting for my next client. It’s 11:09. She’s late. Damn. I hate calling people. I’ll wait until 11:15, than I’ll call her.
I wrote that ode in the 20 minutes I’ve been sitting here waiting.
It’s a dark rainy day here on October 12th
It’s payday from Groupon
Now aint that just swell – th
I like getting money instead of waiting in the dark
Being frozen in time, eating up minutes like a shark
Ahhh What am I saying?
Shit where is this lady.
It’s not a lady, it’s a man and I got his voice mail. This is not good. I need to be fully booked everyday 6 days a week cause you know why? You want to know why? Because I’m pretty much screwed in the ass otherwise.
I’m not just massaging 400 asses – it’s a lot more than that. A shit ton more.
Groupon wanted to sell a package deal – buy 3 massages for $100. I get $17.50 a massage plus tip, so I said sure sounds great.
Besides, most people will opt for the one hour. Buying 3 sessions to get a rub down by someone you don’t know is highly unlikely. Well, Groupon took it upon themselves to “sell out” of the 60 and 90 minute massage options. How can you sell out of massages?
I found this out from two of my clients.
“Really? I had no idea they did that. How would I sell out of massages?”
So last night I looked online and saw how many of the package deals I sold. I want to cry. I want to cry, weep, wither and die. I want to stick Groupon with a sharp pointy stick in their eye.
I sold 200 of the buy 3 deal. 200! 200 X 3 = well, you do the math. I have to give 800 massages within the next 5 months. Break that down day by day that’s 5 clients a day if I work 7 days a week. 5 clients a day, and then I’m getting repeat full priced clients on top of that.
I’m fuuuuuuucked. Fucked. Hence the poem. I am so freaking out right now. I’m calling Groupon, screw it. I’m calling them right now.
Damn I’m on hold. It’s 11:39. Let’s see how long it takes for them to pick up.
I feel like I’m going to shit my pants.
I desperately need a desk in here. My back doesn’t hurt after a day a massaging, it only hurts when I type in my blog. I’m hunched over with the Mac in my lap. Ouch. A tv tray is no desk. It’s not tall enough.
What song is this? Is it supposed to keep me calm? It’s not working.
11:48. I just got off the phone with them. The private sale in now turned off – thank the lord Jesus. I only had 24 more to sell before reaching 400, but 24 x 3 = Well, you do the math. I’m bad at it.
I’ll be okay. Everything will be okay. I’m making money, this is a good thing. It’s what I wanted. And selling on Groupon requires a huge price in advertising, so I’ll be able to deduct my losses as a business expense – I won’t have to pay much at all for taxes next year.
Instead of getting an accountant to deal with everything, I’m learning how to do it all myself. I studied the different options, weighed the pro’s and con’s and opted for a sole proprietorship. It’s versatile and also allows for health insurance deductions. I won’t have to pay a dime in health insurance. The massage association offers a plan to insured practitioners, so that’s on my to-do list.
Think about it, why pay an accountant when I can take that money and donate it to charity instead and in the process teach myself the in’s and out’s of the tax world.
I bought Turbo Tax software for sole proprietorship from Amazon for $8. Laziness is the bane of all human existence. I’m trying to do the opposite.
Damn I need a desk. Shit yo.
I’m going to read a little and lay on my back on my Spoonk mat.
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