I need your opinion. Now, I'll admit, I was late to this appointment but not because I didn't plan ahead. In the 2 months I've been driving this commute to and from my new work, I have never seen traffic like I saw today. Holy Moly, like what normally takes me 25 minutes, took 45 minutes. It was like 18 miles. Apparently some like fuel truck or something exploded (this is term they used on the radio) south of the office and jacked everything up. I mean, if I were in LA, I would expect this. This would be normal. In San Diego, it is not. It is not normal to be stop and go for 15 miles on the freeway. Anyway, what was I late for? My hair appointment. First one with this lady that was recommended by a friend. Another point to note is that this place doesn't answer the phone after 5pm. It goes straight to a recorded message about how reception hours are from 9am to 5pm. I didn't realize I was going to get screwed up the traffic until around 5:10pm (and I've called at 5:15 and it went to the recorded message). I had no way to call and say "Hey, I'm going to be late. If you don't want to wait, that's fine."
I get there 15 minutes late, flustered, after having driven like a maniac to try to not be any MORE late than I already was to this stupid appointment. Guess what? She was gone. Now, I am still sort of pissed off by this. I know, I was late, that is definitely my fault, though it was hard to plan for an explosion that blocks off a nearby freeway. However, sitting there on the counter, was the appointment book. There was my name and phone number - clearly a cell number because it's an LA area code. She could have called me and said, "Hey, I'm leaving" and I would have said "Ok, cool, I understand" and then driven home like a normal person, not been stressed out about trying to get there.
Now I am torn. The stylist I talked to said she'd leave her a message to call me to reschedule but (a) I'm tired of waiting to get my haircut, and (b) I'm annoyed that she couldn't give me the benefit of a call before she took off. She knows I'm a friend of her long-time customer and friend. And the reality is I would have totally called the salon if a live person would ANSWER THE PHONE after 5pm. So. Should I wait until week or two to get some kind of appointment given the situation (mind you, it's not really a cheap hairbut), or just go find somewhere else cheaper, and less of a freaking hassle?