Yes, I write about fictional towns and people in my mystery novels, but it turns out that my life is fiction, too. At least according to the people at UPS.
A week ago I ordered a toothbar for my tractor’s loader bucket. They are steel “teeth” that bolt onto the bottom edge of the bucket and help when digging or clearing brush and a dozen other chores. Apparently something went wrong and they were shipped to our old address in Florida, which is still the billing address for my credit card, even though I gave the company our delivery address here in Alabama.
They were supposed to be delivered yesterday, and I tried to contact UPS to arrange to have them shipped here instead, even if I had to pay another shipping fee. But when I did, I got a response that I was asking for them to be sent to an invalid address. Huh?
I double-checked to be sure I had entered the correct address, and this time the response was that there is no Salem Road in Gordo, Alabama. I replied that there indeed is, but they would not accept my word for that, even when I pointed out that UPS delivers to us at that address quite often, including that very day. But what the hell do I know, right? Nothing I could do was going to change their minds.
Finally giving up in frustration, I contacted our neighbor and friend Jesse Bolton down there and asked him to pick up the package for me. It weighs 55 pounds and the original shipping cost was $87, so Jesse will hold onto it until we go down to Florida for Terry’s next appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
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Thought For The Day – Sometimes you have to let go of the picture you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the life you are living.