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all you can do is complain

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 | tags: , , ,  |

After recieving a note in the post from the Royal mail saying they had tried to deliver a package, but it was too big to go through my door, it hadn’t been left with a nieghbour and it hadn’t been left at my local post office, I decided to drive to work via the delivery centre where it would be stored for pick it up.

I bounced into the delivery centre, handed over my note and my ID to the delivery centre staff (DCS). The DCS looked at the note and ID, grunted, then shuffled off away without a word, pressumably to get my parcel:

DCS: your parcel isn’t here

wendy: can I arrange to have it delivered to a local post office?

DCS: No, we can only send things to a post office once we have them here

wendy: can I phone the number on the note and get them to arrange delivery to my local post office?

DCS: No, we dont know where your parcel is so we cant arrange to deliver it anywhere

wendy: what can I do?

DCS: Complain

I chose not to complain, instead I waited a couple of days, called the number and discovered there was nothing in the fully automated phone menu system that could tell me whether the Royal mail knew where my parcel was. The delivery centre did not answer the phone.

At the delivery centre I happily picked up my parcel a momento from my time in the USA. The girl who bought LooSea, my car, has sent me Loosea’s number plate from 2001:

personalised number plate

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emissions tested

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

forty-seventh post in a Wednesday series highlighting some of the pollutants that promote Wendy’s singleness.

Reason # 47: emissions tested

Wendys can produce unfiltered, untested balderdash. In Washington State gas emissions are subject to production constraints and testing, but alas, not Wendy’s balderbash. Boys ill-equipt with their own balderdash filtering mechnaism are unlikely to survive pre-dating balderbash emissions.

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the devil is in the details

Monday, January 22nd, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

 

When trying-out a new Tea venue I normally take a quick look at the place name and memorize it’s location as a road junction then swing on out there in LooSea. This strategy has served me well,   until today.   Two tea places in the same building,   is Seattle.   Hardly what a girl is expecting.   I’d arranged to meet Jenn at one of them.   Remedy teas.

I went into the wrong one.  The Teapot.  After two pots of excellent Orange Spice tea, without milk or company,  I left.   I stopped to take a photograph of the building  on the way out.  That’s when I noticed my mistake,   can you see it?   Teapot on the left,   Remedy Tea  on the right.    I meekly wandered over  to “Remedy teas”.  

Jenn  in black and the torture victim were sitting outside.   In January,  outside, a week after snow-fall, without coats.     Washington State locals are really rufty-tufty.    Jenn’s ‘Loser’ handbag was definitely pointing at me under the table.   How did she know in advance? They were very forgiving about my missing the place first time and let me join them for another pot of Tea and a waitress interview.  

After  three pots of tea I only used the ‘restrooms’ once,   my bladder is under tight control.   The restrooms also helped me with a poster describing the six-stages of  ‘how to wash your hands’ with pictures.    Now I know.   Good job I’ve got that little skill sorted now. It should prevent all sorts of unplanned nastiness.

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flaccid drifting

Sunday, January 7th, 2007 | tags: ,  |

Do not try this at home

Loosea’s boot (US trunk) has a magnetic quality for the SUV’s that follow her.   To reduce the effect I normally  regularly pull into parking places allowing  the aggressive SUVs to progress  to sniffing the boot of the car in front of Loosea.   Pulling into a parking place is not always a realistic option on windy mountain roads.    While sight-seeing on the Olympic peninsula I serendipitously discovered a way to abrogate this SUV courting activity.   A simple and cunning  manoeuvre that I have christened flaccid drifting.      

Steps to  perform a flaccid drift:

  1. drive so that the passenger-side of the car slowly crosses onto the hard shoulder.
  2. slowly correct your alignment.
  3. if there is plenty of oncoming traffic repeat steps 1 through  2 above.
  4. if  there is no oncoming traffic,  no opportunity for the car behind to overtake and no passing place within sight take steps 5 and 6.
  5. drive so that the driver-side of the car crosses the centre of the road.
  6. slowly correct your alignment.

Note:   in many US wide lanes, with a small car, it is possible to perform the flaccid drift without ever leaving the lane.   This is a preferable, safer, operation.

This manoeuvre increases the distance between Loosea’s boot and the following SUV by approximately 8 fold.   Repeating  the 6 steps is not necessary.   Once the extra distance between Loosea’s boot and the SUV is established,   it is reasonably well maintained.  Excellent result.  

Dr. Wendy does not recommend using this highly dangerous manoeuvre.

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LooSea kidnapped. I’m scared.

Thursday, December 21st, 2006 | tags: , , ,  |

Lakeside Collision:   Not recommended.   Extremely poor customer service strategy. 🙁 🙁 🙁

Due to a slight disagreement with a concrete column LooSea was sent to reform school (Lakeside Collision) for a quoted 3 days of treatments.

I phoned  Lakeside Collission  after 3 days to confirm that I could pick-up my beloved Loosea.   No.   She’s not ready, should be ready tomorrow.   We’ll call you when she’s ready.      

Tomorrow came.   No-one phoned.    I called them.   No,   LooSea can’t come home, she’s not ready.    They only call people when their car is ready to be released,   has passed the quality assessements. They refused to give me an estimation of when she would be ready.    They are going to hold her without any courtesy check-ins with me to help me plan my life without her.   Apparantly replacing a Honda Civic wing and bumper  will take at least 5 days….     maybe more… ..no-one dare say…

Their refusal, or inability, to estimate a work completion time and follow-up to let me know when, if, that time shifts  has undermined my confidence in the company.    What strategies do they use for mechanical troubleshooting if  their strategy for customer-service troubleshooting is cut the customer out of the information loop?

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LooSea disagrees with concrete pillar

Friday, December 8th, 2006 | tags: ,  |

Not a clever move.   Literally.

The concrete pillar wont budge on it’s position.   Inflexible.   LooSea, softy that she is, crumpled under such rigidity.   Right indicator light smashed to pretty reflective pieces.   Bumper deformed and scratched.   We snuck home together.   Taking only left turns.   Wendy House scars  from the 6.8 Quake (28 Feb 2001) can be seen on the concrete floor of the first  picture.   The moral is,   mother-earth cracks concrete, pretty reflective lightfixtures do not.   The pillars of concrete should not be tangled with lightly.   Or, look forward when you reverse-turn out of a tight parking slot. An obvious,   yet potentially rather expenisve lesson learned.   I will be taking the bus to work today….

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charged <----> drained

Monday, February 20th, 2006 | tags: , , ,  |

In less than 15 mins. LooSea’s battery spontaneously drained while I stopped in the fridge.  

Two wonderful Hispanic men rescued me.

They were fortunate enough to have parked next to LooSea. Their English was better than my Spanish.   Extremely limited.   I pointed at my jump leads, opened the bonnet, and asked if they could help me.   They giggled a bit. Pointed at their car and said “Avis” as I passed them the other end of the leads.  

Is LooSea telling me something? will she start for me tomorrow?  I’m feeling battery-power-challenged at the moment.  

LooSea

This generous behaviour warranted a proposal.   I didn’t propose because  I haven’t yet purchased a ring to demonstrate my sincerity and commitment to proposees.

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