Sunday, September 9, 2007
If Dusty or her bunnies weren't in such a predicament she would not have been so eager to hear Augusta's plan. This was a time when something needed to be done or her house and its residents (the dust bunnies) would be evacuated.
"Well, Dusty, my idea is that you charge people to come and see some your bunnies. Initially you could just open up one room, and you'd hand people magnifiers and they'd come and see your bunnies. There is not too much happening in Dustland and people will appreciate the opportunity for a new experience. You could even play dust bunny music, wear a dust bunny hat, and serve bunny lemonade. But let's start . . . ."
"Hey, wait a second mister, you are on probation. You are assuming that we'll be partners."
"Didn't you notice how I cleaned up, stepped gently, and brought you flowers?"
"Yes, but what will you look like tomorrow? In any case, keep talking. What could I charge people?"
"I think people will be thrilled to pay $5 for the opportunity to see a few of your most interesting bunnies."
"I'm interested. But they will have to take their shoes off and step on designated marks on the floor. We can't take any chances. How do you think we could get the word around?"
"Press releases are the best and cheapest way. Other than signs, that is. Let's do a sign on the highway, and a press release."
"Sounds great. If we write the press release, can you type it at work so it looks good."
"Sure, I'll be glad to do that. And I know someone at the newspaper."
"Say, I don't have any parking."
"Dusty, I've thought of everything. I get to use my Hummer on my day off. How about if I shuttle people from the road to your house one day a week. They'll get 15 minutes at the sanctuary for $5, and then they get shuttled back."
"Yes, and they'll love the Hummer ride as well as the bunnies. And we could ask them to become members of the sanctuary society that will entitle them to one free tour of the sanctuary each month. That way I'll get a little cash flow right away to get the utilities turned on."
"Now your thinking!"
Dusty hugged Augusta and then went off to find some paper and a pen to write the press release.