Monday, 13 November 2017

Sitting ... waiting ...

Last week I ordered a new small laptop to replace the one we take on cruises. The existing laptop is beginning to show its age, and although perfectly serviceable, its battery life is no longer as good as it used to be and its Window 7 operating system feels clunky when compared to Windows 10.

Last night I had an email from a courier company to tell me that they are going to deliver the laptop today ... at some time between 06.00 and 22.00! They also informed me that I will get a more definite delivery window once the driver has loaded the laptop aboard his van.

I was awake early this morning just in case the delivery came at 6.00. It didn't ... and I'm still waiting for that delivery window notification. Until I get it I cannot do much except sit and wait.

8 comments:

  1. Ain't it the way, though? People seem to take it into their heads that other people have all the time in the world to wait in suspended animation upon their showing up whenever they see fit to do so. I'm certain that - and to mask real unemployment - is what lies behind the 'zero contracts' nonsense.

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    1. Archduke Piccolo,

      Just after writing this particular blog entry, I got a delivery time ... between 3.15pm and 4.15pm this afternoon. This has at least enabled me to do something else ... drive my wife to the shops because her car has developed a fault!

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. It's like magic, innit? Bad mouth someone for their not-turning-up-betimes-ness, and there they are, large as life. Win-win ... erm ... I think ...

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    3. Archduke Piccolo,

      There are some that call this karma ... and others that call it 'fate' ... and others still know it as synchronicity or divine intervention.

      I call it life b*gg*ering about to make things interesting!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Bob, I suggest you start doing something - painting some figures, playing a game, working on PW Napoleonics - then you are sure to be interrupted!
    Hope it arrives soon.
    Arthur

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    1. Arthur Harman (Arthur),

      As I commented in my reply to Archduke Piccolo, I was given a delivery time almost as soon as I wrote my blog entry ... and this enabled me to go shopping with my wife!

      Hopefully I will be able to fight another PW battle once the laptop has been delivered.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. I had a windshield replaced a year or two ago. The guy was coming to me (won't do that again). He called about 8am to tell me he would be there about 10am. Worked for me, I had some grocery shopping to do. Got home at 9, to find a Phone message that he had been there waiting for me, at 8:30 and too bad I wasn't there I had lost my slot.
    When I finally contacted him he told me that his first appointment had been a no-show so he came to me and I was a no-show as well. People are so inconsiderate of his time. What the fudge?!

    So, basically no can keep an appointment. And now appointment windows are pointless.

    Sorry. My little rant for the week.

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    1. Stu Rat,

      Welcome to the world where the customer is never right!

      I love it when someone does what happened to you ... and then blames you for not being there at a time that they said they wouldn't be there!

      Years ago after a meeting where parents were supposed to attend the school where I worked to discuss their child's progress I was accosted in the car park at 10.00pm by a parent who wanted to know where I was going as 'we've got an appointment!'

      I pointed out that his appointment was for 7.30pm and not 10.00pm when everything was over ... but he was adamant that just because he was late, he was 'entitled' to his appointment then and there. I said no, and that I was going home, and he stormed off, telling anyone who would listen that I was going to get the sack for refusing to talk to him.

      I was summoned to the headteacher's office next day to explain myself ... but luckily I had a boss who knew me very well and knew that I would not have done what I was accused of doing. (Apparently the parent had telephoned the school's Chair of Governors on the previous evening and said that I had been aggressive and threatening to him ... just because he was a few minutes late for his appointment.)

      I got 100% support from my boss, who telephoned the parent in my presence, and told him in no uncertain terms that if he ever turned up late for an appointment, or spoke to a member of staff like that again, or complained to the Chair of Governors rather than him, the headteacher, then he would be best advised to find another school for his child.

      Bosses like that were rare in the world of education back in the 1980s ... and I suspect that are rarer still today.

      Its good to have a rant once in a while; it is nature's way of letting us get things off our chest!

      All the best,

      Bob

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