Scrooge??? Grinch??? Festivus???

By: Erik Mrotek
By: Erik Mrotek

 

First, allow me to follow up on the last post - I never did get that outdoor tree lit. In fact, half of the one next to it went dark a day later. I pulled both of them out before the snowstorm. That's when the little one that was left quit lighting up. It's now under a snowbank and I don't have to look at it anymore.

Now to my new grievances (yes, Seinfeld's Festivus-For-The-Rest-Of-Us holiday is looking better and better all the time). It's Internet shopping. I thought it would be a great solution this year. No crowds, no feeling of a holiday rush and no carrying packages through a mall - they send them to you. Turns out there are different frustrations.

It's Cyber Monday and I found a really great deal on something someone wanted. But the website (I can't say which one because if that certain someone is reading this, they'd know what it was), it wouldn't let me make the purchase. It kept sending me back to the checkout, dumping out or just plain freezing. After about 45 minutes of this, I called because time was running out on the sale. That led to an hour and 45 minutes on hold. Then, when I did get through, they tried to charge the full price! Needless to say, I spoke up and they did give me the sale price. Crisis averted. That is until they told me it wouldn't ship until around the 25th. Super.

Fast forward to the next on-line store... and the 5 after that. I'm looking for a particular item (again, can't say for spoiler sake) and every store is sold out on the right size. I mean, this isn't a hot item, it's not the latest game or electronic gadget. It's just a great idea that I had - and apparently everyone else.

Undaunted, I try it again. This time a different item and a different website. Again, a common, everyday item is sold out. Then the website locks up when I try to buy the other things I wanted. Now, it keeps sending me to the sign-in page. That means no in-store pick up and I end up at the store in the crowds, anyway. I'm beginning to think that Scrooge guy and the Grinch may be on the right track. Bah!

But it is the season for miracles - and I discover my feat of strength (again, see Festivus).

At the end of it all, I do survive. Most of the gifts I wanted are on the way (eventually) and I found replacements or better ideas as I went along. No one will go away disappointed (that's why there's gift receipts). The shopping is 99% done, leaving me enough time to try and settle down, listen to the music, enjoy the glisten of the snow and the gleaming of the lights (for those who got them working). Of course there's also the kids' programs at school and church and their excitement for Santa.

Speaking of Santa, if you liked my rewrite of a classic Christmas carol in the last post - you'll enjoy the next "What'cha Got?" (12/22 at 5 and 10). 2000 Santas are presented in the form of a classic Christmas story. At the very least, I had some fun and enjoyed the moment - and isn't that what the holidays are all about?

Have a merry and safe celebration, and I look forward to sharing with you again in the new year.

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