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by Anura Guruge
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I won’t deny it. We do a LOT of our shopping, online, on Amazon. We have Prime and as such there is no shipping. So it is more convenient than driving to Walmart in Rochester or Concord.
On average, year round, we probably get one Amazon shipment a week, but most of the time we get 2, 3, 4 or 5 deliveries a week! We are BEST of friends with our UPS driver. Now that it is Christmas, and given that I do 100% of all my Christmas shopping online (and I have a LOT of shopping to do), we had 5 LARGE boxes delivered by UPS (and two small ones by USPS). [[Oh. I do own Amazon shares. SMILE. So in away I don’t mind spending at Amazon. SMILE.]
I was EXPECTING 4 large boxes BUT not a 5th. Plus I check my Amazon orders, each ‘morning’ (around 1 am before I go to bed), to see what is being delivered that day. The 5th box was also badly taped. I opened it. You see the picture above.
Deanna was there. I was a bit taken back. I had NOT ordered these Barbies. Neither had Deanna. Yes, Deanna and the kids (who all know my Amazon password) put items in my shopping cart and I just order them. But I had NOT ordered these Barbies. We thought it might have been one of the kids — though they would have to have done it through one of our accounts AND this box was CLEARLY addressed to me. We also KNEW that it could NOT have been a present (say from Teischan’s brother) BECAUSE nobody would send 3 of the SAME Barbie (not even my son).
Then came the FEAR that we had been scammed. Ran upstairs and checked all the important credit cards and my Amazon order record again. NADA.
‘Called up’ (well they called me per the ‘Call Back’ feature) Amazon at the Call Center in Manila, Philippines. Got a young man who was quite good. THE ONLY identification on the box was the UPS Tracking Number. So that was all we could go by. I tracked it on UPS as did he.
We were on the phone for 40 minutes with two holds.
Amazon HAD NO RECORD, whatsoever, of this shipment!
It was eventually determined that an UPS Shipping Label created for one of my other boxes had been put on this box. OK.
But here is the crazy thing that even THEY couldn’t explain. The label was supposed to go on a box with an Ukulele for Devanee. I got the Ukulele — FINE — in one of the other 4 boxes.
Bottom line they TOLD ME to KEEP IT! Give it to charity. We had already figured out that that would be what happen. Deanna had Googled. Had happened to others and in EACH CASE Amazon had told them to keep the shipment. Not sure I like that as an Amazon shareholder. Whoever was expecting the dolls will get ANOTHER SHIPMENT — just late.
Well as the saying CLEARLY states: “Charity Begins At Home”. So we gave one Barbie to Teischan. She wasn’t that excited. She is into ‘expensive’ American Girl Doll dolls.
The other two DEFINITELY will go to good homes. I am happy.
by Anura Guruge
I used to have a LOT of this pineapple shirts from the Philippines. I now have none. I actually tried earlier this year to get one, online, but could not justify the price.
PLUS, to be brutally honest, I no longer have the figure for these translucent shirts, BECAUSE, unlike Obama, I wore them, they way they are SUPPOSED to be worn — with nothing underneath.
I used to get them from my adoptive father. He, especially when he worked for UNESCO, used to visit the Philippines often and he too liked these shirts — though he never really had the figure for them. OK. Full disclosure. He was GOOD friends with Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos! What can I say. Many times, when he visited Manila, in the 1970s, when he was stationed in Bangkok, he would stay at their Palace! Some of the pineapple shirts he had — and some which I acquired from him (sometimes by just helping myself from his closet) — had been given to him by the Marcoses! I even had one which was a genuine hand me down from Ferdinand. What can I say.
I just checked again. Amazon, to my amazement, does NOT have any! How is that possible. I, of course, Googled. WOW. $90!
IF anybody in the Philippines wants to go into business with me selling Pineapple Shirts in the U.S. please contact me. My contact can be found on the sidebar >>>>.
Smile. Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2015.
by Anura Guruge
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Pretty nice Google Doodle for Russia. That is a Kremlin clock tower.
Had NO IDEA that Brazil celebrated Valentine’s Day in June. Maybe knowing how horny they are they might celebrate it twice — to get twice the bang.
Don’t Think Pope Francis Is A Marxist, But He Sure Is Very Cheap For Somebody Who Commands Billions In Tangible Assets.
.by Anura Guruge
>> Charity begins at the Vatican
>> — Nov. 26, 2013.
>> Francis’ gold pallium pins
>> — July 28, 2013.
>> “Prayer of ‘WHY'”
>> — Nov. 21, 2013.
>> To read his exhortation …
>> — Dec. 1, 2013.
>> 100 Day Report Card
>> — Jun. 19, 2013.
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I like this pope. Plus, unlike ANYBODY else, I cited him, in print, in my 2011 ‘The Next Pope 2011‘, as one of the Top 10 papabili.
So, don’t even try and get on your high horse and start accusing me of having a go at the pope etc. Not so. As one of the most prolific papal historians around, all that I am doing is pointing out some hard facts the way they are.
As somebody who is a great believer in charity, I am beyond delighted by this pope’s commitment towards the poor and downtrodden. I can’t be happier.
I am overjoyed that he is trying to eschew the extravagant, lavish, ‘dripping gold’ lifestyle adopted by some popes — especially the last one who was an unashamed dandy.
But, as I pointed out in this 100-day report there is a difference between being a pope for the poor and a ‘poor pope’. This pope is not poor. A modern pope, by definition, is not poor.
A pope has absolute, unfettered, unilateral, uncontested control over billions of liquid and tangible assets.
Compared to a pope, a U.S. President is a powerless, pauper.
The pope has no Congress, judicial branch, re-elections or mid-terms to contend with.
He is not answerable to anyone on Earth!
Then I have also made my point about how charity HAS to begin at the Vatican.
So let us just look at a very public recent example.
The devastating typhoon that crippled the Philippines.
The Philippines is overwhelmingly a Roman Catholic country.
So now let us look at some of the foreign aid provided to the Philippines post typhoon:
So how much do you think the Pope agreed to give?
This is what drives me NUTS about this
$150,000 in aid … to the Philippines … which considers itself the most Catholic of countries?
This pope is cheap!
As I have said so many times till I am brown in the face, this pope can raise a billion dollars in a day by selling 400 random items from around the Vatican.
He claims he is not materialistic.
OK. Show me the proof.
Sell some of the unused, unseen, stacked away in basements, Vatican treasures.
That is all.
.by Anura Guruge
I found this beyond intriguing.
Catholics have always told me that you can’t in any way or form ‘tie’ God to any disasters — natural or man-made.
They would say stuff like ‘God doesn’t micro-manage‘ and the inevitable ‘Free Will‘ — though how Free Will has anything to do with a natural disaster defeats me.
I applaud this pope for this.
Let me know.
This pope really is a revelation.
Now lets not forget the one of the pope’s official titles is that he is Christ’s Vicar On Earth.
‘Vicar’ means representative.
So if anybody can get an answer to this WHY it has to be the pope.
This is so great.
WHY haven’t we had a pope like this before?
.by Anura Guruge
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Something I am sure that many people around the World don’t realize, especially in the U.S., is that the Philippines, Cebu that was the bull’s eye for the super-typhoon being the epicenter, is the global capital for illegal, blood ivory!
Moreover, much of this blood ivory is used to carve baby Jesuses — so called Santo Niños. I, the professional cynic, find it ironic that a nation that is so Catholic and think that they have to show their devotion by buying illegal ivory baby Jesuses gets SLAMMED by the storm of the century — just a few weeks after a magnitude 7.x earthquake. I think Filipinos are some of the most beautiful people in the world (and yes, I have been to the Philippines) but many of them tend to be very superstitious and unworldly. Which explains why they feel the need to buy illegal ivory idols for their supposed protection. Well, if they were more astute they would realize that the ivory idols aren’t doing much to provide them with protection.
Anyway, a year ago, on my ‘Popes-and-Papacy’ blog, I ranted about the illegal, Catholic sponsored ivory trade in the Philippines. Here are some of the posts. So before you rush off to give them millions just factor in the crimes against elephants.