Oops, shite, it's gone.
There goes my attempt at recording the heaviest snowfall of the year so far...
No matter how much the kids (and Carlos) have been praying for it, tonight's offering* cannot really qualify as snow.
A mere flurry it was.
A few flakes blown horizontally.
They will melt the second they touch the ground.
Somewhere in the Netherlands, in 3 minutes from now.
* I have become increasingly weary of the word "offering". Way overused. Way way overused. Especially in a business context.
To me "offering" has religious connotations. You place your offering at the feet of the statue of the goddess, with much reverence, and your neck exposed in a deep, respectful bow, and then you retreat slowly, with your eyes to the ground at all times.
That's an offering.
When you try to flog your vast array of offerings in a business context, what you really try to do is sell your products. But somehow services or products seem to be dirty words these days, so you try to make it sound more appealing. Glossing over the financial aspect.
But the client understands offering as an actual offering. With much bowing, and hushed tones, and humility and bending over backwards, 24/7. For free. Or next to free.
In my experience, the secret to a successful, lasting business relationship is a keen sense of client expectations management, and an ability to convey in a honest, competent manner the achievements and limitations of your product, or services. That you sell.
Not your shaggin offerings.