Living in this part of the country, I find I don't have nearly as many options as people in other parts of the US when it comes to purchasing items. While things are getting better, we REALLY are limited in what we can get in a brick-and-mortar store. We don't have the 'common' places that more urban areas have--for crying out loud, we JUST got a Walgreen's within the last couple of years! Our chain stores are limited and the mom-and-pop stores just don't always have the inventory where you can pop in and buy what you want. This is why the interwebs have been such a great addition to our lives--we can go online and order anything we can think of and have it shipped to our houses. HEAVENLY--except, of course, for the waiting for delivery. ;) But, I have gotten used to the fact that I have to be patient--at least for a few days--when I want something. It also means that UPS and FedEx have trucks that can navigate their own way to my house.
Today I got a package. When we were in St Paul, K decided that he needed to upgrade our GPS system and bought a new TomTom. While it has a bigger screen and free lifetime maps, I don't see much of a difference from the old one, but I'm not the one that uses it. With the gadget being bigger, we now face the problem of where to put it when it's in use. K used to just place the old one in one of the cup holders and things were okay--not so much with the new one, as it is just too big. K won't mount the GPS system on the dashboard or window, as he doesn't like 'marking up' the vehicle permanently. (And that makes it VERY difficult for me to turn my Envoy into a 'Wing-mobile,' but that is for another discussion.) So this, along with needing an in-house charger, brought me to the interwebs for a solution and shopping. I found what I wanted, placed the order, and waited until it was delivered today. Nothing earth-shattering to report, just that I got a package, which was left on my back porch. The thing that pretty much put me over the top about this whole thing is this: There was a label slapped onto the package--obviously put there by whoever delivered it. The label stated "Your package has been delivered." Excuse me!?!?!?!?!? I'm holding the package IN. MY. HANDS. And you have to put a label on it to tell me it has been delivered? Okay, I have, rarely, had a package put somewhere that wasn't obvious because of weather or such--they HAVE put packages in one of the vehicles or delivered them to the neighbor's if we weren't there to accept delivery--and a label has been put on the door telling where it was left, but I've not seen this. It just kind of seemed to be a waste of a label AND the deliverer's time.