Olivia and six of her friends created an entrepreneurial venture - a day spa, which is appropriately named because it lasted for just one day. It happened during Olivia's recent slumber party. ( http://smalltalk.staradvertiserblogs.com/2016/10/10/girls-slumber-party/)
I was in the pool, when the girls beckoned me into the hot tub. I had heard them having some kind of "staff meeting" and assigning duties to each person.
"It's hot in the hot tub. I want to stay in the pool," I rejected.
"Auntie, will you please come in here? We need a customer," they cajoled.
*sigh* Fine. I was welcomed into their spa.
"This is our spa!" they proclaimed proudly, pointing out different areas. "That's the area where we keep special stuff, that's the storage place, this is the staff break room," Eli pointed out.
Then Tyree instructed me to select from a hand or a foot massage. I picked hand massage and was treated to light poking and prodding for 30 seconds.
There were no other treatments available, but I guess that kind of narrow menu offering allows for quick training. I'm sure they planned that for maximum efficiency.
Because I was a special customer for this grand opening, Olivia gave me a foot massage, too. She may have pioneered a new spa protocol, because instead of bringing the foot to the masseuse, she brought herself to me. Underwater. Since she was holding her breath and rubbing my feet underwater, this massage experience lasted 15 seconds.
I was impressed. "You guys are great! Do you make a lot of money?" I asked.
"Nah. We get paid in sand and leaves," Kiryan confessed, holding up a dead plumeria leaf that also doubled as an admission ticket.
"Now, can you go over to the pool and get a swimming lesson from Evie? She's bored," Tyree urged, practically pushing me out of the tub.
Kiryan reminded me that while in the pool, I could also lie on the raft and be treated to a nice ride around the water. I took them up on that.
Me, on the pool ride
Olivia added, "After that, you have to get a tennis lesson from Jaycie."
"And make sure to buy a ticket from Meya at the cash register. She's got nothing to do," Eli added.
This is the second underutilized employee they spoke of. I suspect there may be a need for staff reduction or restructuring. They have a ways to go before they're ready for their IPO.
"What if I just want to float in the pool?" I pushed back.
"You can't. You're our only customer," they explained.
Daddy would not come in the water. He wanted to watch Netflix in the cabana.
There may be some flaws in this business model. Still, it was sweet being their one and only customer. If anyone needs a nice 15 second foot massage and can pay up in dead leaves, I have a good contact for you.