But I was looking forward to the BlueWare soiree.I received an announcement through email last week – granted it wasn’t from BlueWare – but it did say there would be an “Open House” at their new scanning facility in Melbourne. It included an email address for an RSVP.
I at first thought it odd that an “Open House” would have an RSVP, but then I thought that maybe they were being prudent – you know, they needed to know how many canapés to have at the ready.So – I RSVP’d to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Within a day, I heard back – not from a sales hack but from the owner herself – the elusive Rose Harr.I was excited when I saw her name and face pop on my Gmail on my phone. I have been trying to communicate with Ms. Harr since last summer. I have emailed her, I have called her, I even requested she “Friend” me on Facebook. No answer – not one.
Until Saturday.“By invitation only and you are not invite.” (She forgot the “d” – not me.)
I laughed – out loud. Not at the grammatical error, but at the pettiness.I have been reporting on BlueWare and the Clerk’s scanning contract for six months. All of the news stories I have written have been objective. In fact, I have requested comment from BlueWare nearly every time – and have rarely heard back. It’s hard to give their side when they won’t give their side.
So I responded to Ms. Harr. In part I said, “Ms. Harr - it is nice to finally hear from you. I'm not sure why this animus is directed toward me. I have consistently written objective stories about your contract. If some other stories have seemed one-sided at times, it is because you and/or your representatives have refused comment. I would certainly offer to you an opportunity to give your side of all of this. I apologize for being presumptuous about the invitation. I was under the assumption that an "open house" was "open" to the public.”I don’t expect to hear back. So I guess I’ll miss out on the boxed wine and cubed cheese. I’ll have dinner with my family instead. At least I know they won’t be looking past me to see who else might show up.