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Small Session

Small Session

We had a small session tonight.  I think there were two men and three women.   The weather outside was cold, but not snowing.  I wish more people would attend the temple.  (I’m going to make a goal next year to go more often myself.)

The brother who was officiating asked me to follow.  So, we had two brethren and two followers.  Three sisters… and two followers.  The session moved quickly.

Amazon Deliveries

I get a message from Amazon telling me to expect a delivery.  It didn’t arrive.  So, I checked the UPS website and it appears there were some delays… even though it said it was on the truck for delivery.

What’s up with that?

My guess is the driver ran out of time before getting all those packages delivered.  So much for 2 day deliveries.  I’m glad it wasn’t anything requiring a timely delivery.

We are spoiled.  I remember when anything your ordered had a disclaimer:  Please allow 4-8 weeks for delivery.

That’s right you millenials!  If you ordered something from the back of a comic book, it would take a month or two before you would see it.

I remember ordering this spy kit.  I saved a lot of money for it.  It took about 7 1/2 weeks to arrive.  I was one anxious 10 year old.

Six Hour Car Wash

Six Hour Car Wash

It really wasn’t a six hour war wash, but two 3 hour car detailings.  We took both cars for detailing.  Each took about 3 hours.  So, in  a sense it was a six hour car wash.

While waiting for my car, we hit several stores in Henrietta.  We ate lunch at Taco Bell (Elizabethe’s choice), and returned to the car wash just as my car was being completed.

We then had another 3 hours to kill.  As a result, it ran in to dinner time and we ate at DiBella’s (my choice).

Whole Day Affair

It was a whole day affair.  I can’t think of any other way to do it.  It seems silly to drive 40 minutes back home and then have to turn around in an hour to go back.  If we had them start on both cars at the same time we would be restricted to where we can walk.

The wait was worth it.  Both cars look nice inside and out.  Every inch is clean.  They even cleaned inside the wheel wells.

Swiss Gear Bag

I bought a Swiss Gear bag for my big laptop.  It says it holds 17″ laptops (which mine is).

Upon getting home, I immediately tried it out.  The stupid bag will barely fit a 15″ laptop.  Oh, I’m angry at Swiss Gear.  As a result I am returning the bag.  (I measured the inside… 10×15.25 inches.  My laptop’s outer dimensions are 17×11 inches.)

I went on to Amazon and found a bag that had positive reviews and comments about holding 17″ laptops.  I order it.  It was about $50 MORE than the Swiss Gear Bag.  I’m hoping it does the trick.

Drained

Drained

Here it is Friday and I’m drained.  This bug I got has me worn down.  I told Elizabethe our date night will be renting a movie and having Nima’s deliver calzones.

We watched a couple of movies on Amazon.  Nothing spectacular.  One of the movies was about a woman who was sued by a Holocaust denier.  It was a decent movie.  During the movie Elizabethe Googled about the man who sued her.  He is banned in several countries because of his teachings about Hitler and the Holocaust.

I did nothing today except rest.  As a result, I’m anxious about getting things done.  It is a Catch-22.  When I try to rest, I feel anxious because I’m not getting any work done.  When I work, it wears me out and I don’t get better.

What’s a person to do?

The Ideal Camera Bag

I keep searching Amazon and eBay for the ideal camera bag.  Nobody makes it.  I don’t understand why they don’t.

Am I an out-of-the-box thinker?

Perhaps, but here’s the criteria and it isn’t unique to me…

A photographer on the road with his camera wants his bag on the seat where it is easy to access.  Roller bags have to lay flat, and because of this, they take up a lot of space.

When you are rolling it around and need to access it, you must access it by laying it down.  That’s a pain and requires room to do so.

What if there is a roller bag when standing up, you can access it from the top.  AND, when it is laying down you can access it from the front.

I found one, but it is a smaller bag.  I might get it just because it will work when I travel light.

New Postcards

We received 4 new postcard designs today.  The Smith Home and Hale Home in Harmony, Susquehanna River and the Kirtland Temple.

copyright 2017 db walton

Isaac Hale’s Home

Kirtland Temple

Susquehanna River, Harmony

Joseph and Emma’s home in Harmony

 

Shorter Days Coming

Shorter Days Coming

Yesterday was literally hump-day.  Shorter days coming between now and December 21st.  Time is passing too quickly.

I spent a portion of the day looking for a carrying case.  I knew what I want, but didn’t know what to call it… a suitcase?  toolbox?  makeup case?  camera case?

You don’t realize how many different types of cases there are until you don’t know what to call the case you’re looking for.

I finally found one.  It’s made for carrying vinyl LPs.  Sheesh.

Amazon

Amazon is amazing.  While you still have to know what to search for, it gives suggestions like, “People who looked at this also looked at these…”

That can often take you to products you would have never looked at before.

Electronic Leash

I was thinking I’d like something on my camera bag in case I walk off and leave it somewhere.  Sure enough, it’s called an electronic bluetooth leash.  75 feet and your phone chimes telling you you’re too far away.  They make them for children, pets, and if it works for them, it will work for a camera bag.

I ordered one pack to see how well they work.  If they work as planned, I’ll order more.

Thoughts

With last week’s passing of a friend, I was reminded again today when Facebook displayed a thing saying I have been friends for 5 years with the gentleman.  I re-read his obituary.

  • We both were born in the same year.
  • We both retired the same year.
  • After retirement, we both went in to photography.
  • Both of us loved jazz and other forms of music, as well as Hammond B3 organs.

So, that got me thinking about mortality.   When I go to my grave, will my spirit rise with regrets?   In generalities, here’s a list of things I feel I’ve done right…

  • I’ll never regret working hard to assure my family had food, shelter and clothing.  I always took at as my responsibility to provide.  Even after a divorce, I was NEVER late on child support or alimony.
  • I’ve never shunned a family member.  I don’t care how ticked-off they’ve made me, the old saying that blood is thicker than water is a motto I’ve adopted and lived.  While there are times I think my efforts to connect or reconnect are in vain, I’ll never regret having tried.
  • I’m glad I married Elizabethe.  I cannot say enough about how great of a wife, mother and grandmother she is.
  • Changing majors from Chemistry to Math to Engineering Computer Science wasn’t a waste of time or credits.  All three were very analytical and that has given me an ability to solve a lot of problems.
  • Staying active in the gospel has grounded me in reality and given me hope.  I’ve dealt with some tough challenges and God has seen me through.
  • Retiring at 55 was the right thing to do.  It’s been a financial struggle since retirement, but it is worth it.  I’ve had experiences that I would never have if I were still working.

10am

10am

We left early to go to the hardware store to price a bathtub enclosure door.  The man waiting on us was visibly upset.  He pulled me aside to inform me the plumbing guy isn’t scheduled to be in until 10am.  10am?  At a hardware store?

I’m a stickler for customer service.  My entire career has been spent in customer-facing work where services is the key.  For that matter, every job I have ever had has been dealing with customers.

I wish this were the only negative experience at this store today, but quite frankly, if brick-n-mortar stores want to know WHY customers are leaving and buying on-line I can tell them.  Just based off today’s experience here’s a list…

  1. People doing construction projects, whether professionally or D-I-Y, start early in the morning.  10am is unacceptable.  They should have someone there no later than 8am.
  2. Hardware seems to be more and more pre-packaged.  I found a set of 7/8ths hooks in box of 50 for about $5, and a tiny bag of 5/8ths in a bag of 8 for about $3.  But, I couldn’t find a 50 count box of 5/8ths, nor did they have 8 count bags of 5/8ths.  This is illogical and frustrating to the customer.
  3. Speaking of hardware… you can’t purchase by-the-piece or by-weight any more.  As in the hook example, if I need 23 hooks, I either purchase 3 bags at $9, or a box of 50 at $5.  Either way, I end up with more than I want or need.
  4. Parts aren’t always grouped together.  One light bulb is in the light bulb section only, while another one is only found in the lighting fixture section.  A customer may not think to ask when he doesn’t find the A19 100W he wants with the other A19 100W bulbs.  Further more, the lighting fixtures and light bulbs are several aisles apart.
  5. Employees aren’t trained adequately.  As a result, they aren’t much help if you have questions.  At least on-line I can read reviews that answer many of the questions I may have about a product.

The end result was we returned home and ordered the door off Amazon.  It will be delivered to the house on Friday.  There’s no shipping, and I didn’t have to worry about how I would get it in the car.  Plus, had I ordered it from Lowe’s it would probably take a week or two.  This is taking two days.

I ended up buying the box of 50 hooks even though they are a little larger than I want.  I’ll make them work.  However, I’m going to have a bunch of spare hooks.

A plumbing part I wanted was only in stock in chrome.  My bathroom fixtures are champagne bronze.  Again, I ordered the correct part from Amazon.

This isn’t the first time I’ve come home frustrated and ordered parts and hardware from Amazon.  While I can get-it-now (if they have it in stock) at Lowe’s, if they do not, I have wasted a trip.  At least Amazon Prime gives me 2 days delivery.  So, if I can wait two days I (1) get it cheaper, and (2) have it delivered to the house.

Sad, but true.  Brick-and-mortar stores better learn how to compete against on-line stores or they are going the way of the dinosaurs.