Thursday, December 07, 2006

Add Frankincense to cart.

You know what is a total racket?

Amazon's free shipping if you spend $25.

Do you know how many extraneous things I have purchased simply because I wanted free shipping? I just spent $50 extra dollars on something to save about $2.99. That's right, $50! (Although it was on a gift for someone who I was having difficulty finding a gift for so in this case it all worked out for the best.)

The problem then becomes the slowness of the shipping (as my friend Npapaya says, "it's on a slow boat from Australia") and my new addiction to the tracking feature. If I'd paid the shipping, I'd already have a previous package I ordered. Instead, I'm checking the tracking every half hour to see if my package has arrived or departed from anywhere new lately. The most recent update was two days ago when my package left someplace called New Earth, MO or some other big square state in the middle of the country (Sorry to those of you in the mid-west. My U.S. geography knowledge sucks. My brain is full up with all these little states here in the northeast that everyone thinks are part of upstate NY.)

Anyway, on top of that, my browser crashes every other time I check Amazon. Grrr.

Not that I'm complaining. It could be a lot worse - I could have to go brave the crowds and actually physically shop. Shudder.

On another note, congratulations to Mary Cheney and Heather Poe on their baby-on-the-way. It's too bad some people can't just be happy for them. There's nothing like bringing more negativity into the world simply because someone wants to love and nurture a child. Especially at Christmas time given that Mary, of "JesusMaryandJoseph!" fame, was an unwed teenage mother, and is therefore what I'm sure some conservative christians would label a brazen hussy.

Traditional families are for sissys.

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