i hope y'all aren't sick of hearing about this.  i  think this is the kind of information and experiences we should be sharing in this neck of the forum...

anyway, my new policy began wednesday.  for the most part it has been fantastic.  there have been 3 or 4 people who are hving difficulty grasping the new concept, but polite reminders by telephone seem to work.

one lady owed me $120 for august, plus another $200 for september.  she had been a little difficult in the past so i  was ready for the ole "i forgot my checkbook" routine...but to my surprize she played it differently.  she paid me the $120 for august instead of the $320 that would bring her up to date.  now if she had called and explained that she wold have trouble coming up with it, we could have worked something out.  i gave them more than 6 weeks notice that things would be changing.  instead she told me she thought the $120 was for september (she is apparently illiterate).  when i reminded her she had been paying at the end of the month and i'm working toward getting everyone to pay at the beginning, she said, "yeah, i liked paying at the end f the month"  duhhhh...

but on the good side, i had a little girl not show up, with no notice or even a follow up apology.  i have her money so i'm compensated.  i saw her last night and asked her where she was tuesday...she said "oh, we went out to eat.  we were sitting there eating and my mom went, oh my god what time is it? did we miss piano?)

nuff said...i still have to collect on a couple and half of my students (mon & tues) haven't started september yet...so...more later

in the long runit's all good.... i have a nice pile of checks to deposit today:)
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