Fifty A Day, Plus Expenses

Since I’ve got some down time, I could do one of two things: Work or read. And I’m not working.  Ha! I’m on semester break, so . . . um, yeah. So, I visited a used bookstore – because I have absolutely nothing in my home to read (save for those two hundred books stacked on…

It Came!

Yep, this is the final entry in my Black Friday Blues epic. The box – The Package That Will Never Arrive – finally did.  The order was intact, and it was waiting for me when I arrived home.  Everything was fine.  I’m still pinching myself.  My great nightmare is finally over. I feel like Ahab…

Black Friday Blues – The Final Chapter?

Great balls of fire! A few hours after my last post, I received an e-mail on my phone: “Thank you for your order. Your order has now been shipped. Track your package online at http://www.ups.com/ Tracking Number: . . . “ Is it true?  Will The Package That Will Never Arrive finally find its way…

Black Friday Blues, pt. 3

As I began this wait for The Package That Will Never Arrive, I turned to Amazon for comfort. Amazon is funny when it comes to their sales.  Some items they’ve no problems in shooting out of the door, while others, you need an Act of Congress to get.  I have respect for the company, though,…

The Day After

Does anyone remember Twilight 2000? Twilight 2000 was an apocalyptic roleplaying game published in 1984 (with subsequent editions) by the now-defunct Game Designers Workshop.  The gist of the game was, given the time period, pretty realistic:  A limited nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union has devastated much of the world.  The players (in…

Let’s Go to Hobby Lobby!

I’ve noticed something over the years: Despite all of this “good will towards men” stuff, people tend to be even more obnoxious, rude, and combative, than usual during the Christmas season. Why is that?  This observation – which I made several years ago, in fact – resurfaced yesterday.  I just thought it strange.  Anyway, I happened…

Black Friday Blues, pt. 2

I’d mentioned my problem with my Black Friday Sales purchase. Well, it gets better. I’ve been monitoring my e-mail, as well as the company’s web page, for any news about shipments, deliveries, or problems with either.  Nothing.  No news is good news, right?  Well, out of curiosity, I decided to go to the company’s Facebook page. …

Black Friday Blues

I rarely take advantage of the various Black Friday Weekend sales, but I decided to make an exception this year.  By accident, I discovered that a company whose products I’d been a fan of for a while, was offering some amazing one-time-only deals.  I mean products that normally go for $30 and $50 each being…