Searching for Thing
Yesterday was a strange day, in that we got up and ate breakfast like normal… but upon finishing my wife went off to work. She spent the entire day either working in her room or later proctoring a mock AP exam. This meant that I was largely left to fend for myself, which is admittedly a happy place for me. I grew up an only child, and instead of going places I didn’t want to I often begged to stay home alone. So even today I am pretty happy just chilling by myself for long periods of time. Yesterday however there was a mission, and that was to acquire a Mothers Day gift for my mother in law. Now early in the season we had figured out what we were going to get her, but did not honestly have a great place to store it. So yesterday after eating breakfast and showering I got out and cleaned my vehicle so that I could set down the seats and haul said item.
The only gotcha was that when I got to the store, the huge stack of said item that was there several times during this season… somehow vanished. I spent awhile poking around in the store and looking for the item, and even harassed several employees that lead me through a sequence of departments I had already checked. So I sent the obligatory “We Might be Screwed” text to my wife and as it was getting to be lunch time I figured I would get some take out and call various stores to see if anyone had some. I am purposefully being vague here, because while I know that my mother in law doesn’t read my blog… it still feels weird to talk about a gift I have yet to deliver. My brilliant wife suggested that I go onto the stores website to see if it shows any in stock near by, which is great because I hate making phone calls. The funny thing is… the store in question shows that they have 20 available and in stock at my local store. Aka the store I just went to that told me they didn’t even know what I was looking for.
Inventory Black Hole
On a whim I figured it was worth a shot… the worst thing that would happen is that they would have to refund the purchase. So I added two of the item I was looking for into my shopping cart on the website… somehow expecting at any moment for the site to come to its senses and realize that the store didn’t have the product. I added in my credit card information and hit purchase, verifying that it was in fact available for pick up that day before finalizing the order. I got a confirmation email saying that the store would call me when the item was ready for pickup. Then I began waiting… and in my boredom, anxiety and frustration I noticed that Audacity was open in the background. Maybe this is a bad thing for me to have open in the background because I apparently recorded this. Firstly I am horribly sorry for the thing you are about to listen to… but it made me giggle so I decided to share it.
Sure enough about an hour and a half later I get the phone call from the store telling me that they have two ready for pick up, and asking when I will be there. I hop in the my vehicle and head straight there, where they have two of said item loaded on a flat bed trailer thingy ready to go. I have to show my ID and sign a piece of paperwork and almost too good to be true I am walking out to the parking lot with said items. Funny story… while moving the items on the cart began to jostle and next thing I notice they are sliding off the back end of the cart. This is the point at which I learn about physics and how if you have an item that naturally moves on its own… you apparently should orient it in such a way as to NOT cause that movement to happen. Thankfully nothing was damaged and I got them loaded into the back of my vehicle, and even had a nice person who really wanted my flatbed cart so I didn’t have to push that back up to the store.
What was left of the day I spent playing Diablo 3 and pushing my way towards some of the conquest achievements. I was happy that I didn’t have to end up running all over hells have acre yesterday trying to find the thing on short notice. I still feel like having my Mothers gift drop shipped more than a week ahead of time was the way to go, but that doesn’t always work out. Yesterday was honestly oddly stressful because the moment my wife got home from work, we had to get right back on the road and head to dinner. We do this once a month dinner thing with her siblings, and because reasons… it somehow got shifted from Friday night to Saturday night. Which meant we had to watch the clock and make sure we were out of the restaurant in time for us to drive the roughly hour home so I could be here for the podcast.
Today we are doing something similar, with the moment my wife gets out of church we are heading to her mothers to deliver the gift, and then that afternoon seeing my mother. I am actually super glad that I have both Monday and Tuesday off because otherwise this would have been a crazy weekend. This is also probably one of the strangest posts I have made in awhile, because it is like 99% real life and 1% gaming. Hopefully you all will take it in stride because it is what happened to come out once my fingers started moving this morning.