A Longer Walk

Remember my tale from two weeks ago about my adventures in repaying an overpayment? Well, I never thought it possible, but here’s the sequel: As you may recall, I walked a significant distance – I’ve since learned that it was just shy of a half mile – to drop off a check for $87, the…

Where Even Weirder Things Are

Okay, it’s time to finish this story. Maybe I should treat this like a television show, with an announcement of “Previously on Dr. Furious . . .” Just imagine me saying that in a rich baritone, and we’re set. So I’m off to the second bookstore.  What I didn’t include in the previous post was the…

Getting Ready

Ever just wish that you could disconnect your arms from your body before bed?  You know, just unplug them from your torso, place them on the bedroom dresser, and have a good night’s rest? No? Then clearly you don’t know the wonderment one experiences when you’ve awakened and learned that you’ve spent the entire night…

Taken

Recently, I had some things stolen, and while everything has been (reasonably) resolved, I’m still left with this awkward  feeling in my gut. I may an oddity of sorts, but I do not understand the compulsion that some people have to take things from others.  It’s not that I have an “It’s mine – get…

Just Wonderin’

This just occurred to me: Am I the only person who goes on Amazon and writes snarky responses to bad customer reviews? Am I the only person who looks at a “customer review” for impartial information on a product, only to be frustrated because “Mary Jane from Sioux Falls” left a one-star review and gibberish…

Utter Amazement

Why do I bother ordering things that require shipping services?  I’m never satisfied with them and half the time, I could drive to the point of origin and just pick up the merchandise faster than letting UPS, FedEx, or the USPS do the job for me. I’ve complained about shipping fiascos here in the past,…

The Great Potato Heist

Something interesting happened today, and I’m still not certain as to how I should – or if I should – deal with it.  Frankly, I’ve not had this sort of thing happen in a long time, so it could be that I’m just out of practice, and I need to find my rhythm.  I’m angry,…

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…

Force and Destiny

Yesterday, while roaming around town, I stopped at yet another used bookstore. But first, let me first delve into a prologue of sorts: I’ve mentioned numerous times that I’ve developed a fascination for role playing games, even though I’ve yet to actually play any of them.  Something about the completeness of the core rule books…

The Case of the Missing Gumshoe

I’ve mentioned several times that I love reading Ross MacDonald. His “Lew Archer” mysteries are hard to find locally – short of special orders – because Barnes & Noble rarely carries his books anymore.  That means trips to the used bookstores, and I’m fortunate in that I’ve got access to at least seven (7) within…

Clean Up in Aisle Six, Please

Within the span of six days, I’ve been falsely accused, called a tyrant, and labelled a liar.  With this in mind, I decided to take a well-deserved break from my evil machinations and relax.  Even us sinister masterminds deserve a day off.