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I Hate Waiting

Posted 2012.07.11 8.45 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Waiting is always the worst part.

I don’t like to think of myself as impatient (although I surely am) but rather, waiting is where you lose momentum, or get distracted and something else comes up that catches your attention.

I’m the person who’ll usually kick in the extra few dollars for the rush shipping option. Unless the rush option is outrageously expensive, or isn’t available, or isn’t really ‘rush’. Or if I figure it won’t make a big difference because it’s something small that shouldn’t take very long to get through.

Anyhow, so the thing is I’m waiting for my circuit boards for the ISEB-6 MkII and I was really hoping they’d be here Friday.

Then I was really hoping they’d be here Monday.

Then I was really hoping they’d be here Tuesday.

I’m not faulting OSHPark – they’ve been great, excellent communications and the boards were finished and sent nice and quickly. It’s the mail that’s holding things up.

There hasn’t been any mail delivered here so far this week. I can’t remember if there was any mail on Friday.

It happens sometimes. I never know if there was legitimately no mail, or if the carrier is taking a wee holiday. Like when I first moved here, it was about 3 years before we had mail delivery on a Monday. That can’t be a coincidence, that there was simply no mail for anyone on the block on any Monday. It seemed a lot more likely that someone was just taking 3-day weekends.

Anyhow, I’m frustrated and impatient. I want to solder stuff; I’ve got the stuff, but I’ve got nothing to solder it to. Adding to my frustration is that I’m pretty sure the boards will have at least one mistake on them, and there’s at least two features I want to add/change.

Which means I’ll have to assemble one, identify and fix what’s wrong, tweak what needs tweaking, create a new schematic, order new boards, then be right back into the waiting game again.

Next time, I think I’ll try the rush shipping option.

UPDATE

It came it came it came it came today! Along with a few days’ worth of mail. But forget the other stuff. The OSHPark package came! Yay!

Rants, Rages, Babbling

Posted 2009.12.22 10.13 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I get that it’s a busy time of the year for retailers, and for the postal system. But this comes as no surprise to anyone – especially retailers and the postal system. And incompetence and callousness just make me seethe at times.

So I placed an order, back in November in fact. No big deal, nothing special, just ordered some regular stock items from a store. I’d have gone in person but their retail shop doesn’t have the same line of merch. Anyhow, so I’ve ordered from these guys before. Very good communication, they let you know the order is received, then when it’s being picked, then when it’s shipped, then they send you tracking info.

Except this time, it got as far as received, then just silence. Finally after a week, I emailed them (they provided a contact address for questions). More silence – I emailed two or three times in total and never got so much as a peep from them. Pointer: Don’t provide a contact email address if you plan to not answer customers’ emails.

So I called. Spoke to someone but it wasn’t her department, someone else handles that. They transfer me. I get disconnected. Grumbles.

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