Like every great idea, it started with a stroke of brilliance. My parents were leaving for the weekend and left me to watch after the dogs. A little bit of background… I am a senior in high school, a straight A student and just got accepted in an elite Ivy League school. They trust that I would be responsible and of course, I would never do anything to break that trust. At least not get caught anyways.
I was one week away from graduating and was starting to feel a bit restless. I knew that I would soon be at college and may never see the friends I grew up with for years. So, I thought it would be a great idea to throw a party. Not just any party mind you, I’m talking the party of the year! I put the wheels in motion as soon as they told me their plans. I actually had some of the cheerleaders help me and we called our meetings the “planning committee”. No expense would be spared. Besides the normal drinks and hors d’ourves, we decided to bring in some special treats and hire some entertainment for the evening. I would front the money for all the cost up front and charge admission at the door. By my calculation, not only was this going to be the best party of the decade, I would come out on top with some cash in my pocket.
The big weekend came and everything was going as planned. Trucks arrived and delivered all the essentials. Guests started arriving on time, the band was in full swing, the fire eaters were performing and the trapeze artists were swinging from the tree’s. It was going no less than perfect. It was an elegant affair, black tie and formal gowns, I figured this way everyone would be on their best behavior. Boy was I wrong. Half way through the night, a rowdy group of rugby players decided they were going to play a game of tackle the donkey and took the animal off the tamale cart and into the middle of the yard. This would have been alright, but when the Donkey was blindsided by our 240lb back, it sent him into a daze. Next thing you know the donkey started kicking and dislodged the main sprinkler pipe turning on the system and flooding the backyard. Within minutes, the backyard looked like a Woodstock revival. That’s when things got out of control. Some of the guest decided to jump into the pool to wash off the mud and in doing so chased the geese away.
I must admit that while I tried to maintain composure, the situation got so out of control that the police, animal control and the local forest ranger showed up demanding that we shut it down. It was 2 in the morning before the last guest left. My cleaning crew was starting to repair the damage when I got the most horrifying call. My mother had gotten food poisoning, cutting their weekend short and they would be back by 11 am the next morning. This was going to be a problem. Since someone opened the door to the house when the animals were running wild, there were muddy donkey geese and dog prints all over the carpet. I needed to have a carpet cleaning crew at the house by 8 am and out by the time my parents got home. Only problem was that it was late and none would be open to schedule my appointment for the morning.
Then I remembered that one of the carpet companies in town advertised online appointments! This could be my savior! I logged onto their site and saw that there was an opening for the next morning. I promptly entered my information, confirmed the booking and voila! They showed up promptly at 8 am and were done within two hours. If I had to wait till the morning to call and book and appointment, they never would have made it there on time.
On final count, I wound up making over $2,000 on the party even after cleaning expenses. Now I am off to college where I am going to major in economics and project management. It seems I have a knack for them both.