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|| August 22, 2002 || 3:35 pm || Comments (1) ||

I am lovin’ me some Kramer and his niftaaaaay little project, where I was lucky/foolish/outlandish enough to get a mention. Ritebackatcha, kid. And I say ‘ciao’, too….no worries. It takes someone exceedingly hip and bold and swingariffic to use ‘ciao’ and to really, really mean it.

Right, ClayTone?

 
|| August 22, 2002 || 3:16 pm || Comments (0) ||

Maxim just bit my bottom lip while he was kissing me goodbye. It was verrrrrry sexy.

Then he squinted his eyes and waggled his tongue at me, ruining the effect. TIME AND A PLACE, MAXIM….TIME AND A PLACE!!!

 
|| August 22, 2002 || 2:33 pm || Comments (0) ||

*points indignantly at door* IT IS HOTTER THAN FOUR HELLS OUT THERE!!

The storm took my dial-up, dozens of trees, and any scrap of coolish weather that we were having. Photos up later.

I’m glad that I was without InterWeb-wise, though. All the bullshit is just that….bullshit. *shakes head* And has anyone else observed that ‘cogent’ is the token word in Cyberia lately? I’ve noticed that the blog community tends to pick up one word every so often and then beats it senseless. We’re all guilty. BAAAA!

 
|| August 20, 2002 || 10:12 pm || Comments (2) ||

The dryads are mourning, for many of their fellows have fallen today.

The storm, with winds so strong that it looked like charges had been set into the center of hundred-some-odd year-old trees, didn’t last that long. What I thought was a tornado while hollering for everyone to get away from the plate glass window in the game room turned out to be straight-line winds that did a fuck of a lot of damage to a small rectangular area around our home, maybe 3 blocks by 7 blocks.

Eerie how the bottom fell slap out as soon as Sam and Scout were no more than two feet into the house, fresh off the bus. The neighborhood is wood-chewed carnage, our yard is a wreck, but we ate stir-fry cooked on a Coleman two-burner out on the front porch by candlelight.

The kids’ eyes sparkled with adventure and near misses and Scout said the most strikingly eloquent prayer thanking God for our safety and that of the neighbors around us. She asked Him to guide the hands and steps of those shimmying up the power poles outside, working long past supper time and into the darkness to give back our frivolity….our televisions and electric lights and digital clocks and computers and compact disc players nestled into more stereo than any of us will ever need. Then she suggested that we go down and take them sodas, and we did.

Pictures tomorrow, mebbe, of the unbelievable things that storms can do to trees.

 
|| August 18, 2002 || 9:25 pm || Comments (10) ||

Princess CoolChick meets Lady IdiotPants, as follows:

From: clairebell@earthlink.net

To: *****************@hotmail.com

Subject: Question for seller

Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 15:32:21 PDT

Can you please tell me shipping to 95762 zip code. I prefer only to deal with people who charge realistic shipping charges.

Thanks,

Claire

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From: Eliz A. Beth

To: clairebell@earthlink.net

Sent: 8/13/02 8:34:58 PM

Subject: Re: Question for seller

According to the USPS website (http://postcalc.usps.gov) shipping to your zip from mine would be $8 for parcel post and $10.50 for priority.

Insurance, of course, would be additional.

I’d like to add that I found the tone of your e-mail to be a bit offensive.

My auction clearly states that actual shipping charges only will be added. I could choose to charge a flat shipping fee, but that would be at the assumption that someone as far away as Alaska or Hawaii was buying; I feel that would be unfair to buyers that are in regions closer to my own, as shipping to them would be much cheaper.

In short, a pleasant note requesting shipping cost would have sufficed without some sort of terse disclaimer attached. If you didn’t like the fee quoted to you, you could have gone on your merry way.

Thank you for your inquiry.

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From: “Claire Parker”

Reply-To: clairebell@earthlink.net

To: “Eliz A. Beth”

Subject: Re: Question for seller

Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 21:4:37 -0700

I’m sorry you took offense. So much or trying to figure out what someone feels from email! It just can’t be done. Actually, I have been so overcharged on shipping in the past that I feel as a buyer it is a term that I must state up front. That’s why I request shipping prices up front. Other sellers may not be as honest as you. One guy actually charged me twice what the item price was for a shipment from So. CA to my home in No. CA. (Item was $10 – shipping was $20 on a 1/4 pound camera). He then tried to justify it by sending me e-mail on how I could up my shipping charges to make up for low bid prices on items I sell on e bay. Well, I just believe that defeats the purpose of bidding and being lucky and so on…Read my feedback. I am very forthcoming and honest to a fault. So if I offended you I’m sorry. I see it as a business transaction between two unknowns and feel that I am protected by stating what I expect in shipping charges up front. Thanks, Claire Parker

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From: Eliz A. Beth

To: clairebell@earthlink.net

Sent: 8/14/02 11:00:48 PM

Subject: Re: Question for seller

Actually, I have been so overcharged on shipping in the past that I feel as a buyer it is a term that I must state up front. That’s why I request shipping prices upfront.

I’m sorry, but as a buyer, you do not state the terms of the transaction; that is left to the seller and to eBay.

In this case you did not request shipping up front, you bid *first* and then you requested the shipping cost from me.

One guy actually charged me twice what the item price was for a shipment from So. CA to my home in No. CA. (Item was $10 – shipping was $20 on a 1/4 pound camera). He then tried to justify it by sending me e-mail on how I could up my shipping charges to make up for low bid prices on items I sell on e bay.

You used the integral phrase yourself: One guy. He was one in a sea of many. One person should not be used as a measure of the whole. And what he did wasn’t ‘justifying’, it was instructing you in the machinations of his scam.

I am very forthcoming and honest to a fault.

So you say; if I were to take the approach that you did with me, I would
send you correspondence saying, “Send an e-mail explaining yourself to me, because I am automatically suspicious of you!”

Read my feedback.

I find this statement funny, because it appears that you did not read mine. NOWHERE in my feedback is there a complaint about egregious shipping costs. Hell, I don’t even add in a handling fee (as many sellers do) for
packaging/packing materials; I feel that it’s inherently dishonest to do so. If you are a smart seller, your opening bid won’t be so ridiculously low that you don’t cover these types of costs.

I see it as a business transaction between two unknowns…

That’s because it is.

…feel that I am protected by stating what I expect in shipping charges up front.

In fact, you are not. eBay has policies regarding inflated shipping/handling charges. I suggest that, rather than offend your seller, you study up on these policies and put them into action in your favor the next time someone tries to poke you.

As I stated before, you have no ‘right’ to state your ‘expectations’; the only rights you have as a buyer (essentially) are to receive the goods that you bought in the condition they were presented in and to receive them in a
timely manner.

Listen, I was not offended in the least that you requested shipping rates; that is part and parcel of being a seller, and I am happy to provide those estimates to people that request them. What was offensive was the imperious tone you chose to employ after requesting said rates (“I prefer only to deal with people who charge realistic shipping charges.”). It was really a
snarky, unnecessary statement. That was my original point, and here is the continuation to same: In the future, you may want to ask shipping rates BEFORE bidding, and when requesting those rates, leave the baggage of sour past deals behind. It really is off-putting.

Thanks,

Elizabeth

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From : “Claire Parker”

Reply-To: clairebell@earthlink.net

To : “Eliz A. Beth”

Subject :Re: Question for seller

Date :Fri, 16 Aug 2002 9:8:52 -0700

I’ll bet you send hate mail to your relatives. Please don’t bother me again. Claire Parker

What a dumb bitch….”Hi! I’m in second grade!” I swear, you can’t tell some people ANYTHING.

*For the record, the only person I send hatemail to is my father.

 
|| August 18, 2002 || 8:57 pm || Comments (1) ||

Okay, nobody get excited, but…..

I think I am officially a grown-up now. I posted my first thread to MeFi (after all this time lurking and infrequently posting) and people actually responded! They didn’t even laugh/flame me outta there! Got a none-too-shabby 19 comments…

I should get some sort of certificate of merit, don’t you think? They’re a tough crowd sometimes, those rowdy MeFiers.

 
|| August 18, 2002 || 3:30 am || Comments (6) ||

Delmer Skeets McGee recommends that you never, NEVER-EVER eat at Claim Jumper. He says that the food is utter crap and that they add insult to injury by giving you lots of it.

He plans on, and I quote, “….drafting a strongly-worded letter.”

He promises to apprise us of the outcome.