It crossed my mind, but it doesn't usually work like that. You "book" well in advance with good sitters (we had the sitter lined up more than a week before the dinner reservation), and you generally meet them before you decide to let them watch your kids. This one, for example, was highly recommended by a friend, and we met her a couple weeks before the first time she watched the kids.
It's all surprisingly complicated.
Originally Posted by ter1413
I thought I had dibs? And I was gonna bring my own booze!
Don't worry, bro, the job is still yours, but I learned recently how important it is to have a backup plan.