Friday, July 31, 2020

Oh, shipping and handling fees....

Today I received a vague email that THE ITEM I had ordered  MIGHT be delayed because of the Covid-19 situation. It neglected to say WHAT item I had ordered, when and from whom?
So I answered that, while I appreciate that happens,  I doubt they are the only company undergoing these stressful times. I added if they had mentioned what product was in Limbo somewhere  (maybe overseas?), it would help lessen my concern that whatever it is had been lost...or stolen from me by Porch Pirates. 
A detailed response showed me that maybe S/H added costs are not just a simple greedy ploy to get more money from buyers. Here is what I was told:

Estimated date of arrival at the post office

Today, 31 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020, about 1 days 
The forecast is not 100% certain, and is based on 250 packages 
delivered in the last 60 days

  • 31 Jul 2020
    • 30 JUL 2020 08:48
      Delivered by Shipping Partner to USPSNORTH CHARLESTON, SC 29406

    Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item. Shipping Partner:  PITNEY BOWES. Your item arrived at a shipping partner facility at 11:29 pm on July 30, 2020 in ATLANTA, GA 30349. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date.ATLANTA, GA 30349

  • 30 Jul 202022:29
    In transitATLANTA, GA 30349-3623

  • 23 Jul 202003:40
    Delivered to FDR facilityATLANTA, GA 30349

  • 22 Jul 202013:37
    Departed Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item. Shipping Partner:  PITNEY BOWESMONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ 08831

  • 22 Jul 202013:22
    Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item. Shipping Partner:  PITNEY BOWESMONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ 08831

  • 22 Jul 202012:37
    In transitMonroe Township, NJ 08831

  • 22 Jul 202012:22
    Enroute ProcessedMonroe Township, NJ 08831

  • 22 Jul 202011:47
    Enroute ArrivedMonroe Township, NJ 08831

  • 22 Jul 202005:37
    Your item departed a shipping partner facility at 1:37 pm on July 22, 2020 in MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ 08831. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date.

  • 22 Jul 202005:22
    Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item, July 22, 2020, 1:22 pm, MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ 08831

  • 17 Jul 202001:44
    Pre-Shipment Info Sent to USPS, USPS Awaiting ItemCHARLESTON, SC 29406

  • 16 Jul 202018:19
    Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item. Shipping Partner:  PITNEY BOWESMONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ 08831

  • 16 Jul 202017:19
    Arrived at Shipping FacilityMonroe Township, NJ 08831

  • 16 Jul 202010:19
    Your item arrived at a shipping partner facility at 6:19 pm on July 16, 2020 in MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ 08831. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date.

  • 16 Jul 202010:19
    Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item, July 16, 2020, 6:19 pm, MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ 08831

  • 16 Jul 202007:42
    JFK-NEW YORK Arrive at destination airport

  • 12 Jul 202001:35
    Assigned destination country post tracking number 4202941092748927005303000024749861

  • 11 Jul 202023:35
    Departed from Yanwen Facility

  • 10 Jul 202023:57
    Electronic Shipping Info ReceivedJamaica, NY 11434

  • 10 Jul 202018:32
    Process completed in Yanwen Facility

  • 10 Jul 202016:57
    We have been notified that an order has been received by the merchant for your item at 12:57 am on July 11, 2020. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date.

  • 10 Jul 202016:57
    Merchant Order Receipt Notification, USPS Awaiting Item, July 11, 2020, 12:57 am

  • 10 Jul 202015:31
    Picked up

  • 10 Jul 202012:30
    Label Created

  • 10 Jul 202010:30
    Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item

  • 10 Jul 202005:30
    Shipping Label Created , USPS Awaiting Item00000

  • 10 Jul 202002:30
    Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item, July 10, 2020, 10:30 am
  • So, I think it is at the Post Office in North Charleston as of right now. The photo I included is NOT the package I am awaiting...this was a shipment of beers I received last week.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

First to be onstage...again!

 OK, I DO stay up and watch the Late Shows on tv.

Since the pandemic, ALL late night hosts have retreated to their homes.

Zoom videos present guests on a split screen so it's "sorta" like what we were used to seeing in the wee hours.

Johnny Carson would be proud that HIS NBC Tonight show was the FIRST to come back into the studio!

Oh, Fallon was so visibly happy that it made me feel good with him!

And I am sure the other late-night hosts ..uh, wished him well! Yeah.

It WAS good to see a real stage setting again after watching "home movies" on the other shows.

Oh, Fallon used the split-screen to take congratulations from Governor Como and used some super-imposed dancers to liven up the the studio!

Kudos, Jimmy,  on being the first to remind us of what we have been missing in our LATE NIGHT viewing.

Stephen Colbert From Home has been a strain for him for months, missing the crucial audience feedback that inspires ALL performers.
Lately, he skipped using "hair product."

Stephen wanted us to see what hair treatment he has been fashioning for months and "let it all hang out" from his small set at home, aided by his wife and kids.

Colbert's humor is still spot on so keep watching. Maybe back soon in the Ed Sullivan Theater?

I usually do watch Colbert but happened to check NBC when I heard Fallon was back in his longtime Burbank  studio - still with no audience of course.

Another late-nighter I watch is A CLOSER LOOK...from home ... with Seth Meyers. (Click the link.)

He too, played down his hair growth until one night recently, he mussed it up to show what many of us are experiencing with barbershops being scary and/or closed.

I suspect Seth  COULD have hair & makeup people make adjustments just as I did when appearing as an Extra on tv shows filming here and in movies down in Savannah.

Of course, MY hair has not stood still either but I am NOT on tv weekday night.

Wanted to post that ONE show HAS returned to a Late Night tv set, but audiences have not been invited to attend in person.

It was really nice to see the Tonight Show band ROOTS live on stage with its host again.

It seemed like forever since we last saw a host with others!

You know how this works....
Click on the photos and any links for more details.

I wonder which show will "do a Fallon" next??

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Friday, July 10, 2020

OK...Exercise time...finally!

So, we now have been in the middle of a Pandemic FOREVER and the best AND healthiest bet we were advised to do was to be locked down in our homes.

All of the "old ways" are not available.

 NO bars, clubs, restaurants, or any music venues, indoor movies, or live shows.

Instead, wear a mask and wash our hands a LOT.

If you DO venture out, be socially distant from others.

My last haircut was 5+months ago and I have the beginning of a male ponytail! Yikes.

Well, a short one. So far.

So, some might recall that I have shown photos of my pretty neat exercise area downstairs.

That is what used to be my dad's carpentry and woodworking shop so it's quite spacious. No having to get dressed and trek out to the gym..even if one was open.

Now that downstairs area is a great place to work off some SIP (Stay In Place) frustration.

BUT, my treadmill had stopped working in February, and I bought a Bowflex Tread-Climber * to replace it.

That became a game-changer.

This machine did all that my old treadmill would do but, walking forward while the two panels rotated beneath my feet, the two panels also were rising and falling! Twice the fun. Twice the exertion.

I was still testing the TreadClimber out and slowly was adding minutes to the amount of time I was on it.

On the old treadmill, I was good for 30-minutes at about 3.2 mph. Nice start to a 45-minute sweaty workout.. 3x a week.

Now I was struggling with this new beast and lucky to get past 5-7 minutes before tiring..a lot.

So, I was NOT getting the exercise I needed.

All I had going for me was eating a lot of carbs, fats and sweets.

Bery bored, I was sitting at my computer for hours and staying up late watching tv and sleeping even later.

Yes, I gained back a LOT of weight.

The coronavirus stopped all of us in our tracks as it appeared slowly..then rapidly grew.

We were in deep trouble!

Months dragged by and the daunting machine downstairs had dulled my desire to get back into exercising!

I found on my brief visits to the nearby grocery store, I was filling my cart with Apple Turnovers and packs of fig newtons...and raisin chip cookies! NOY fruit and veggies!

And several loaves of bread. And bacon and eggs. A downward tasty spiral.

My bathroom scale would flash a message Hey, ONE AT A TIME or COME BACK ALONE.

OK, enough of this. 

I went and bought another treadmill....and changed my grocery shopping list.

Back to a pre-Covid-19 exercise machine that I knew I could handle!

My old routine had been a steady 3x a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

I am back on that schedule now and am slowly getting my time on the machines back to where I was..when I weighed a lot less.

I ran out of the sweets I had been buying.

I am going to try the MAYO DIET that worked well for me in the past.

Oh, now that I am back in "gym mode" I tried to activate my ROKU so I can watch tv while I am exercising.

It would not work at first so I tried another newer remote changing device.  

I think it's safe to say the original one was a wee bit dated. I have NO idea what Mgo was all about?

I'll put in fresh batteries and see what happens then.

Thanks for stopping by while I was taking a break from exercise.

You know how we do on the photos and links for more details.

*HEY, if you're interested in a hardly-used Bowflex TreadClimber, I have one here for $400!

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Monday, July 06, 2020

Um, Take My Camera and head Downtown?

 So, on Tuesday evening the Mayor of Charleston - and the entire City Council - were unanimous in agreeing it was time to take down the 124-year old statue of John C. Calhoun.

Way to go guys...the statue has glared down from atop its lofty monument in the premier city park - Marion Square - for more than a century.

All of the citizens had to "look up at him."

The former 7th Vice President of the United States under two Presidents and a steadfast believer, owner and promoter of slavery, died in 1850.

He was dead before the Civil War erupted after he had encouraged the sanctity of States Right, of Nullification and missed seeing S.C.'s secession from the Union that he so very actively promoted.

He DID put up quite a battle as it took 17-hours to cut the bonds that held him
aloft and he was quickly lowered to the ground, tossed on a truck and hauled away.

The small crowd that watched this dramatic end was quiet and peaceful.

This was a block away from the Mother Emanual Church where 9 Blacks were gunned down by a young white supremacist, almost exactly 5 years before.

Rather than heading down to Marion Square, I watched the news coverage, snapped a few screen-saves and think I have a good overview of what went on down there.

I did dig around in my files and found a photo of me as a 4-year old, with my older brother, about 9, posed with the Calhoun monument behind us. This was about 1944.

We were living on Society Street then about 4-5 blocks away.... probably on a Sunday walk with our Mom.

Looking at the photos - and knowing my brother was 5 years older - I realize he really was SHORT!

I remember when I was about 11, a growing spurt shot me up taller, and then he was my older brother, not my taller Bro!

He died a few years ago and my younger brother and I flew to Cheyenne, Wyoming where he lived and we were bedside when he passed.

We both were glad he knew we were there.

Our Mom lived to be 96 so it appears I am in a pretty good gene pool.

Thanks for stopping by. Click on the photos for more details.

Oh, this is probably my FIRST blog posting where NONE of the photos is by me!

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