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Must be how Scrooge got started

December 23rd, 2014 at 10:53 am

"I'm coming to your city. I'll call. Let's get together."
No call. No meeting.
Cards I sent out from BC: eleven.
Cards received from BC: two.
Package sent from BC to NL November 27. Told twelve business days (Mo - Fr) delivery.
Package still not in NL as of December 23.

Illustrious mail-order supremo bookstore (not global e-tailer, not the first one you think of) offers free shipping on orders fulfilled before Dec 15. I check my spouse's wishlist on the global e-tailer, then check for copies available at mail order bookstore (2, according to website. Website also claims inventory updated HOURLY) on December 12 so I put in an order that very day. December 16 I check supremo bookstore tracking, gift not available. I call to ask "what goes on" they say the retail area sold one copy, another can't be found. They have newer editions in a warehouse on the southern part of the state, twice the price, won't arrive at Christmas. So I had to use the global e-tailer, the one that's a poor citizen and doesn't pay taxes, the one that treats its warehouse staff like convicts, and the global e-tailer ensured my orders arrived before Christmas. Honest, I do try to support "indie" and "local", but lying to me about availability of items and not alerting me when there's a problem with my shipment does not help!!

Honestly, I am going nuts thinking what I did wrong. Was it the expressions of gratitude? Was it the effort of getting a book autographed by its author up to another country in time for Christmas? If I told the universe to spread its cheeks and mudslide on me it must be in some non-verbal, unconscious way.

The most thoughtful people I've encountered this season are my former sister-in-law who doesn't even celebrate Christmas, and my mom's cousin who knows my pain as he lost two sisters at once much too young. In short, the people with whom I share a great and untimely loss. Even the cemetery where I delivered my brother's bones to be interred sent a card. A Catholic business entity is more thoughtful than my so-called Catholic relatives.

Here's how I'm whiling the holy days: Buster Keaton 3-film set; Umberto Eco paperback; Dorothy Sayers paperback; Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh; Middlemarch, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Gravity's Rainbow, film "Le Corbeau" and DVD of "The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle". Plus cleaning, cooking, exercising, writing, plotting, walking, whatever it takes to reduce reduce reduce and get clear clear clear.

Update: All it took to snap me out of this funk were -- a two-car collision at the nearest stoplight intersection. I don't have a neck brace, don't have to wait for an ambulance, won't be spending Thursday dozy from painkillers, won't have holiday travel cancelled with perhaps no deposit returned. Plus, my spouse cooed with delight at the Monks CD I brought home. Protopunk on a dark night is reviving! Plus an intuitive three-card Tarot spread: The Magician - (Reversed) Five Swords - Ace of Swords. Kind of a "get clear, wake up, smell reality" thing. I have electricity, people to hug, food to eat, and apparently lots and lots of media for escapism. Not so bad.

7 Responses to “Must be how Scrooge got started”

  1. Suzanne Says:

    I'm curious...where did you get this information on the global etailer? If it's what I think I use them all the time.........

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I don't believe YOU did anything wrong. Not everyone knows how to help the grieving at the holidays...and many people are wrapped up in their own issues unfortunately. Forgive them, they know not what they do. ((Hugs))

  3. PauletteGoddard Says:

    @Suzanne My local paper The Seattle Times did a series of articles about how the global e-tailer, local to us also, does its business. My child learned of the bad behaviour of the global e-tailer from watching international news/comedy panel show. Definitely a first world problem I have.

  4. PauletteGoddard Says:

    @creditcardfree Thank you for that! I'd think a simple "thinking of you" or a card would be okay. The Japanese don't send New Year's greetings when they've had a loss, and I didn't even expect anything from my sister, as she has no particular religion (her family is Shinto Buddhist), but she sent soups that her parents gave me as a "souvenir" of my September visit. (Hugs)

  5. snafu Says:

    I'm so sorry you've been so let down. I hate to report if you're counting on the Canadian mails it's a big, giant disappointment and has been for as long as I can remember. Here in this complex, our mail is our responsibility, we run around dropping incorrectly delivered mail, packages and even householders to the intended receiver. Sometimes I don't get to it until I take the dog out 7 PM or 5 AM but no one wonders about these odd delivery times.

  6. Carol Says:

    Wishing you the very best at this hard time; here's to a healthy, happy New Year for you and yours and all SA friends.

  7. laura/deacons wife Says:


    Well, for what it is worth, I am a slacker in the card department -- it just didn't simply get done this year. It pains me to hear that someone might actually miss my card and greetings.

    I do hope that you're able to find cheer with your family. Merry Christmas. Smile

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