A day in advance…

or early the same day … is currently the most successful way to book.

Even when texting, you have a better chance of success booking if you give me a day’s notice.  But, as I always emphasize, please text me at any time and give me your preferred dates and times; often same-day is successful.  It’s more to do with your expectations than my schedule.

I’m moving away from the model in which same-day appointments are the expected timeframe; think of me in the same way you’d book any professional services.

You may find you have to slow down a little when booking with me.  As I’ve said elsewhere, there isn’t any one way that always worked, and every way has worked at least once!  Go ahead and text me 15 minutes ahead of time, I MIGHT see it.

Generally speaking, though, you’ll have better success if you text before 10 or 11 for afternoon.  I usually say about three to four hours ahead of time.

Please TEXT rather than call.  I rarely take calls as the first option.  Give your name, and the time and day you’d like.  Be specific – there’s no point saying, “today” when you really want 4 pm.  I want you to have your preferred time.

Generally, if you just remember that it’s not usually an instant thing, you’ll be in the right frame of mind.

Have some breathing space

Try not to schedule appointments within a tight schedule.  You should be able to unwind a little before coming, and definitely try to have some down time after the appointment.


I’m a bit old-fashioned, I think, and I resist the current expectations around instant availability which texting and cell phones have created.  When I was teenaged, the latest technology enabled you to return home, play messages on a tape, then respond. It was much later this was extended to machines that you could call remotely and play your messages.  I think that’s when the rot set in.

There’s modern and there’s modern.  Answering machines were modern the way the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” is modern, with stewardesses in Paco Rabanne jumpsuits and carrying food in tubes on trays. Retro-modern.

Or think of Charles Babbage and his Difference Engine, which, if it had been created, would have given us computers in the 1830’s.  Having survived for the interim, they would have kept their Victorian idiosyncrasies, the way Microsoft has kept its junk code and just buried it under layers of updates and bug fixes.

We would now have computers that looked like Hammond organs, with pull-out tea trays, a built-in cigar cutter, and an umbrella stand, the whole thing decorated in your choice of needlepoint and a padded satin cushion on the oak bench.

Or maybe it would resemble a 1950’s Cadillac, with chrome edging and tail fins, a cup holder big enough for a Scotch and soda, and a cigarette lighter under the buttons for Internet favorites…

I’ll stick with Apple.


Do take a few moments and read my Terms of Service before booking with me.  It clears up a lot of questions.

I look forward to hearing from you!


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