Return To The Optimists Club

I’ve packed the bicycle into the trunk of the M6 this morning in hopes that the weather forecasted at 5am for this afternoon holds true. If so, I shall be tooting around the roads of North Buckhead again this afternoon. However, if it rains this afternoon I am going to be sad.

My original plan was to get on the roads by 6:30am today, but that fell by the wayside in part thanks to an email I received from UPS alerting me that it could not deliver my package yesterday. I looked, and I have received seven packages from Amazon at the address they have on file in the past six months! Admittedly these were not all delivered by UPS, but some were, thus proving that they know where this office is located.

At 5:00am this morning I called UPS’ helpline and reported this anomaly. The computerized voice told me that I should receive a call back “within the hour”; by 6:20am I had received no such call.

I pointed these problems out to UPS on Twitter and was sent a reply asking me to email them explaining the issue. Their response was that calls received between “Monday 8:00am EST – Friday 7:00pm EST” will be responded to within an hour. First, why not add this critical information to the computerized message? Second, we are no longer in Standard Time! For fuck’s sake people, learn when Daylight Saving Time starts and ends, and use the appropriate abbreviation based on this knowledge!

My new marketing slogan for UPS is:
UPS – we can’t deliver on our promises, so don’t expect us to be able to deliver your packages.
They can run with that one for free if they want.

Ask Me About My Grandchildren
Or better, next time we meet for beers ask me about my job. You might want to wait until I’ve had one or two prior to asking me, however.

So Many Words, So Little Time
I continue to build upon my knowledge of the German language. But like with every other knowledge-based effort the more you start to know the more you realize just how much you don’t know.

It’s all a bit overwhelming to me sometimes.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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19 Responses to Return To The Optimists Club

  1. Barb says:

    Could have been a stupid driver? or stupid receptionist? Your rants make me laugh.

  2. Steve says:

    We’ve had UPS Ground deliveries that couldn’t find 1000 Peachtree St. Gee folks, it’s a 10 story white, marble building that basically occupies an entire block- really?

    My alarm clock used to have the ability to move the alarm time backwards and forwards, which is a very handy feature, but now can only move forward. The identical clock was in the guest room, so I swapped them around. Unfortunately, I forgot to set the damn thing and woke up 20 minutes late! Needless to say, the bus was out of the question today, so it’s again a MARTA day.

    I was completely thinking yesterday was Monday, so the Giro would have been on a rest day- dangen! Missed it.


  3. Not to rub it in too much but you missed an incredible stage yesterday. I have long been a Contador “hater” (too strong of a word but it’s the only thing I can think of) but holy-moly did he ride a brilliant stage on incredibly steep inclines.

  4. Barb says:

    We put the garbage out last night thinking it was monday night, and I was so confused this morning when it was stil there full. Then……… I realized what day it was.

    BTW Steve – Allan talked to his dad, he is so pissed at that AirGas guy, what a dumbass driver. I hope he got fired.

  5. UPS update: Looks as if I’m headed to Doraville for lunch because I need to pick up my undeliverable package from UPS’ depot.

  6. Stacy Fox says:

    Okay, UPS antics are making me giggle today. Thanks, y’all! Because daaaaang! It’s just SO TRUE. Steve: “Gee folks, it’s a 10 story white, marble building that basically occupies an entire block- really?” Bahahahaha! It’s like I always joke when walking past the restaurant 10th & Piedmont: Hmmm. Wonder where they’re located? (Bet UPS has a hard time finding them too.)

    Right now still on for mañana Paulie, and Aron will walk with us too so that will be an uber cheap Lyft back if so. (haha see what I did there?) The only caveat may be my eye issues. Had to go into doc emergency-like yesterday at lunch and over the next week or so, I’m in a different set of contact lenses each day –all of which are not going to be the right prescription– until my eyes stabilize. I’ll have a better feeling after work today if my eyes will be too sore tomorrow to go out, but I’m thinking I’ll be just fine. And, as I told everyone on FB, this is just my excuse to be all bumping into shit for the next couple weeks. (No, occifer, I’m not drunk, I swear. I’m just OWCL!…Operating While Contact Lensed)

    And AMEN on DT/ST! I do love me some DT but the way people misuse that annoys me so much that I might consider voting to end it! I’m assuming we get a vote.

  7. Walking and trivia are on my schedule. Let me know tomorrow if/when we shall meet up.

  8. Barb says:

    overheard from the driver talking to his boss “but – I couldn’t find a place to park at that building that occupies the whole block. the guard told me I couldn’t pull in here, so I gave up.”

  9. Steve says:

    So what’s the deal with your eyes Stacy?

    And I just sent TJ an email for some actualt reportable details that I can type up- other than “the Airgas DS is a DA.”

    Thanks for rubbing it in. Wayne Whitesides (EP velodrome executive) was AT the stage yesterday- F’er.

  10. Stacy Fox says:

    A whole lot better than I could have hoped! I was having that “sand in my eye” feeling for days and yesterday started seeing floaters so was way freaked out it was a detached retina or something. Comes down to: essentially have been wearing RGP lenses for decades but now they’re doing more damage than good (rubbing on the surface, causing dry spots and discoloration in the whites) and my issues were more caused by the lenses than anything else – WHEW! – so we’re switching to soft but it has to be a tiered approach as my eyes go back to their natural shape. It IS pretty cool how they map your eye though: technology is wicked. So gonna try to get a picture of my eye landscape next time I’m there. 🙂

  11. Steve says:

    I’m glad it isn’t anything more serious than bad lenses. You can always go all old skool and get glasses!

  12. Barb says:

    I’d have heard that the more rigid contacts can eventually bother your eyes, but this is the first time I’ve heard it from someone I know. I always wore those for the longest time, then did switch to the soft for my last couple years before my lasik. I hope it gets all straightened out quick.

  13. Stacy Fox says:

    Oh, old school glasses are next, Steve! But gotta work those into budget. This process ain’t cheap! 🙂 (Nor are the lenses I’m having custom made. Ugh!) And, huh! Never realized, Barb! Yeah, I’m kind of excited about the change now… hopefully when all the smoke clears, this will be the only issue and life can go on as lovely as ever.

  14. Barb says:

    its looking like a potential Tasty China lunch meet up with Dean, the Good News Wagon is in Cobb County.
    Hoping he calls soon, I’m hungry.

  15. I should have gone riding this morning because work has put me in a really foul mood.

  16. I nearly just ordered an Apple Watch, but the expected delivery date of Jul 2-9 put me off.

  17. bob says:

    Paulie, don’t let work get you down. Go for a ride and it will improve your mood, guaranteed.

  18. Steve says:

    I’m was just thinking the same thing Bob. Go do a couple of hill repeats- that will get your head clear and your heart racing.

  19. Jenka says:

    Soft lenses are super comfortable, Stacy; I’m sure you’ll like them better once the smoke clears. (Heh.)

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