Archive for July, 2007

Awaiting the Saturday Delivery of Deathly Hallows

6:00 – There is a way in which we might at look at this so that I might not appear so much like an idiot, and as soon as some one sees it, please let me know.

The truth is, I was duped. For when I stepped out and checked the mailbox, there sat in the hollow a white, cardboard laden package. The book had arrived by none other than those couriers whose rounds will not be impeded by rain, nor sleet, nor rumor of a UPS delivery. No, UPS had not delivered the book. The USPS had.

So I have my book, I have read the first chapter, and I leave now to go and read more. Before I do, let me just say that…you know, there really is no way to salvage my dignity at this moment. See you on the other side…

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5:45, still nothing. The laundry is folded and put away, another is currently making its way through the spin cycle. The door bell rang just a moment ago. And with a heart full of anticipation I opened the door and saw…something that was definitely not UPS.

Five eleven-year-old girls stood on my porch. They were doing a little scavenger hunt and they read me a list of the things they still needed to find. Luckily, I was able to procure for them one item—a blue hair tie. They also needed red string. I offered them a red pipe cleaner, but they passed.

They went away smiling. Me? I’m still here, blogging about nonsense when I could be reading…

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Well, it’s 4:30. UPS has still not arrived. The dishes are currently in the washer’s first rinse cycle, and I am folding laundry. Just to brag on myself a moment: I can fold a fitted sheet.

(sigh)

This is worse than watching paint dry. I know—it is likely for some people to think, from a certain point of view, that I am only torturing myself with this lame little exercise. And I am okay with that. Not that doing this affords me any special merit; it just gives me SOMETHING TO DO! Other than chores. The completion of which I am sure makes my wife very happy. It’s just that I could be reading now.

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It is about 3:30 here in the mountain time zone. Amazon.com told me they would (try to) deliver Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to my door on this very day. And it has not arrived.

I have had my doubts about this since the beginning, wondering if this really was the more practical decision in regards to purchasing the book. I’ve been to two retailers today, both of whom had it on sale and on display, and were in no danger of selling out. I could be reading the book right now. Instead, I am here, washing dishes and waiting for UPS.

So, I have decided that I will keep a log on this here blog, if for no other reason than I am a geek, and that I can.

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