August 30th, 2009

friendlysketch, Thornwolf

Culture shock

I have been raised with extremely strong views on how to be a proper host. So, by my own standards, I am a fairly poor host, as I consistently fail to meet them. Now, I don't expect my standards out of anybody else- that's part of the same thing, actually; "judge not, lest ye be judged", but also an awareness that not everybody was raised with the standards.

I may be glad to be out of there, but living here has made it clear to me just how very Midwestern I am. I still haven't figured out the details of culture around here, but it's certainly highlighting the quirks of the one I left.

If someone needs a room, it's mandatory that I offer it. And when I have a guest- no matter how little lead time I had to prepare- it is my duty to provide a full meal, and using a restaurant only pushes the obligation for me to cook to some later time in the visit. I can't decline to provide any of this: if they need the space, they need the space, and it is my duty to meet that need. The space I provide needs to be uncompromisingly restful, and only limitations of space- like, say, lack of beds- is justification to not meet that standard. It's unconditional- it's nice to hope that I'd get the same treatment if I needed somewhere to stay, but I cannot expect it- after all, the cultural standards I was raised with are hardly universal.

As a result, my poorly meeting basic standards leaves guests impressed, and I still haven't figured out why. Cooking a meal is a basic expectation, although it seems to be an oddly rare skill. I really should be And my tendency to get stressed out and then sleep in is quite unacceptable.

So I guess these are the basic tenets of standard Midwestern hospitality, and I still haven't figured out what the local expectations are.
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Tarot for hire

06 Cards on the table

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I think I want to start offering paid Tarot readings. I want to get more motivation to use my Tarot deck more, I want to supplement my luxury budget, and I want to avoid taking on a massive flood of requests (and promptly intimidating myself into only getting half the list done) like I did last time I offered general free Tarot readings.

This is non-theoretical now. If I offered Tarot readings, but expected compensation, what would people consider a reasonable price?

I'm considering pricing based on how many cards I use, because that correlates quite strongly with the complexity of the reading and the time and energy I sink into it. I'd offer free advice on how many cards I'd need (in what layout) to give a good answer to a question- an estimate, if you will. (I often create new layouts, tailored to specific questions; I don't think I've used anything other than the Branch more than three or four times. And that includes the Celtic Cross.) But I also want to set a sort of minimum price, for the time and effort it takes to clear my space.

How does $3 plus $2/card sound? That would put the Celtic Cross, an 11-card spread (I always use a Querent for it) at $25, which is sort of where I'm basing my price-point. It also puts one-card readings at $5, which was my other target price point. It puts the Branch layout- the most useful one I've found, for 99% of advice-related questions- at $21, which is near the $20 I figure is a fair value for it relative to my non-professional status. That would offer a full write-up- every card on its own in its position, every interaction, what the reading as a whole means- and a photo of the dealt layout, for future reference. Unfortunately, I'm describing badly what a full-writeup entails; maybe somebody who has gotten one can describe it better? I can also do it in real-time over instant messenger, but an e-mail gets copy-edited. It's non-interactive, though...

This is non-theoretical now. Is that price scale reasonable? And who is interested?

I'll wind up sticking it (better-written-out than this!) in my LJ profile if this seems like a reasonable course of action. For now, I cook.

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