You know you've been on Ehell for a loooong time when you are actually excited when a situation arises and you get to "practice" one of the stock phrases
(or maybe I'm just strange).
Here goes: About a month from now, there is a big convention in my home city, about 150+. About three of us, including me, are locals; the rest will be driving or flying in. Since the other locals actually live about 1/2 hour from downtown hotel where the convention will be held, and I am closer, I ordered the visitor's bags with maps, brochures, etc. That will be done by the middle of next month. I thought this was a great contribution and one that didn't take much time (there will be a bag-stuffing party at the hotel closer to the event).
Now it happens that I get an email from another local, saying "Hey, do you know any good florists, and can you call around for prices on corsages and boutonnieres and get back with me? I don't have time for that . Thanks for the help!"
First of all, I'm trying every day to keep my kids on track with their schooling. I'm also job-hunting, and sub teaching any day I can get work. I'm making big changes in my personal habits at home (like the decluttering thread), and just...no. This is a challenging time for me.
Would it be piggish to say something like "Local, I'm not familiar with local florists, but *large grocery store florist* should be more than sufficient. This is a really busy time for me, and I don't want to take on any more commitments. Hope you understand! Sincerely, gui".