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A Cheese Story That Seems A Tad Too Cheesy.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Story from the U.K. “Daily Mail”, Sept. 3, 2018.


Regular readers of this blog will know that I LOVE — no, ADORE — cheese. I could live on cheese. I never tire of eating cheese. I ATE a LOT of cheese, each and every day.

But, for the last three weeks, since my dreaded annual physical (with my Indian doctor) I have laid off the cheese.

My physical, as ever, was a nightmare — more so this year since I had put on MORE weight since last year. My doctor gave me heck. I have to lose weight … ideally 20 pounds. That is not going to be easy. But, I am going to try. So, for a start I gave up cheese. In the last three weeks all I have had is ONE (1) thin slice of American white! That is it. Have NOT lost any weight, though. If anything I probably gained some.

So, this story was music to my eyes! But, I am not that gullible. There is method to my madness. I appreciate that cheese in moderation probably will do you no harm, but I am skeptical that large quantities of cheese will do you good. I could, however, be wrong. Alas, I can’t put this to the test. Too much to lose — so to speak. I can’t take any chances. I have to try and lose some weight.

But, I wanted to share this with you.


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REUSING Amazon Packaging Rather Than Recycling The Boxes — A PROPOSAL.

by Anura Guruge


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Recycling boxes, i.e., cardboard, though better than just throwing it away, is extremely inefficient and costly in terms of energy.

The boxes are RE-PULPED then reconstituted again as paper or cardboard. That is wasteful.

It would so much better just to reuse the boxes as many of us do …

We also reuse boxes when we do returns.

So, why can’t we have a scheme where we can RETURN Amazon boxes to a Post Office.

USPS can send them back to an Amazon Fulfillment Center. In many cases they will be sending trucks to Amazon EMPTY — to pick up new loads of deliveries. So, this will make those trips more productive.

I cannot see why Amazon and USPS could NOT be able to get this to work. Yes, there will be some initial costs but Amazon will quickly be in the BLACK. Boxes are expensive, even for Amazon.



It is possible that there might be some Amazon customers who are squeamish about having things delivered in USED boxes, though to be fair you never know where a box has been. I have got plenty of Amazon boxes with cuts, tears and stains.

Yes, maybe Amazon could irradiate the returned boxes to appease all.

And, then there is another option. It can be part of your SHIPPING PREFERENCES. Amazon could give you a small DISCOUNT for checking an option saying “Will Accept Reused Boxes”.

I am sure consumer will buy into this. We take the cardboard to be recycled. So, taking it to a post office will not be that different.



I really would like Amazon to think about this.

What do YOU think?



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Amazon Packaging Is Socially Irresponsible!

by Anura Guruge


A set of 4 TINY watch straps pins
that I received today!


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EXACTLY as it arrived.

Nothing removed, nothing rearranged. Untouched.

There was NO packing. Nothing to break.

This was it.

The little packed had slipped under the bottom flaps!


The ITEM!


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This is irresponsible.


I just could NOT believe it. I knew what was inside. I was expecting it.

This is BEYOND crazy.

A tiny package of unbreakable stuff. It should have gone in a padded envelope.

This makes me very upset and annoyed — especially as an Amazon shareholder.



UPDATE

I tweeted this post and copied Amazon. They responded.
They have a PACKAGING FEEDBACK process — here is the link.
I used it. Pretty neat.

Send them the pictures and feedback. Now YOU know.



From January 18, 2016. Click image to access my post on THIS blog.


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Amazon Still Profligate In Its Packaging.

by Anura Guruge


The 5 Solar Eclipse PAPER glasses I received
Thursday, August 17, 2017.


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EXACTLY as they arrived.

Nothing removed, nothing rearranged. Untouched.


This is CRAZY.

This is irresponsible.


It was not fragile. There was nothing to break. These could have been easily shipped in a padded envelope.

Waste of resources. Yes, the air doesn’t weigh much BUT the box takes up space on planes, trucks and in the USPS vehicles. Plus the cardboard (which, to be fair, we recycle).

I have complained before about Amazon (as you can see below), and I do so as HUGE fan, a loyal customer and above all a very-happy shareholder (of AMZN).

UPS, cleverly, tried to get Amazon to be better by changing their pricing to include package DIMENSIONS as well as weight. Well, Amazon doesn’t use UPS that much, anymore! This was sent via USPS.


From January 18, 2016. Click image to access my post on THIS blog.


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I Got A Garmin Vivoactive HR Activity/Fitness Tracker.

by Anura Guruge




So, I got a Garmin Vivoactive HR from Best Buy on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. I chose this model for the Heart Rate Monitor and GPS — though I have yet to work out how to use the GPS. I bought in from Best Buy, rather than Amazon, because I used a bunch of Reward Points which meant that I didn’t have to pay much for this tracker. But NOT buying anything from Best Buy again — especially since I used up all my Reward Points.

On May 25, 2017, I had got Deanna a FitBit Alta HR.

I did NOT get a FitBit because I have never had much luck with FitBits — whether with their devices or their STOCK! I had reluctantly bought some FIT shares, right after the IPO, because a then 14-year old shamed me into doing so, he being extremely gung-ho.

I am not new to fitness trackers. The first FitBit I bought was at Christmas 2011.

But after I threw my original FitBit away I had lost interest and was not following the technology.

Then in mid-May we had Shane Selling my exceptional computer guy and Drone whizard. Of late Shane has become a fitness fanatic and is extremely fit. He was wearing a FitBit Alta HR. First time I had been up close to a FitBit in 5 years. I was vaguely impressed. Deanna more so.

Shane, the nice guy he is, took his FitBit off his wrist and put it on mine.

I was IMMEDIATELY shocked by how high my heart rate was! I nearly had a heart attack. It was in the 80s. It should not have been.

That is when I decided that I need to get an activity tracker with heart rate monitoring.

I got Deanna a FitBit Alta HR the next day BUT spent 2 weeks researching the technology. Hence the Garmin for I.

I need to get back into shape and LOSE SOME WEIGHT! I am borderline obese and not happy about that. Oh YES, I have been MUCH HEAVIER but I am not proud of that.

It is helping. A LONG WAY TO GO.

Ironically, because of my ‘Day-Off Schedule’, some school appointments and rain I have NOT gone for a run since I got the Garmin. That will get rectified tomorrow.

I will keep you posted.

 


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Please, Please Remind Me Never To Buy Anything Again From Bloody Best Buy!

by Anura Guruge


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Attribution WILL be enforced.

Anura Guruge FitBit Garmin Best Buy


Having gone for 5-years without one I have yet again decided to get a Fitness/Activity tracker. I am extremely unfit and borderline obese and really need to do something about it. I have my dreaded annual physical in a couple of months and the doctor is going to yet again, as they do every year, crucify me. More on all of this later when I actually start wearing the tracker.

I was an adopter and fan of FitBit having got the first one at Christmas 2011. But, then we had lots of issues with it. There are LOTS of FitBit posts here, on this blog, if you want to read about the whole sorry saga. FitBit was new to the market and they really did want to help and fix the problems. I think they send us a total of 3 FREE FitBits to appease my displeasure.

I am NOT getting a FitBit, though I did get one for Deanna, from Amazon, two weeks ago. I am getting an Garmin.

I had quite a few unused Best Buy Reward Points from when we bought the refrigerator in April.

So, rather than ordering it from Amazon, as is my wont, I decided to get it from BB and use the points — because that way it was nearly free.

I was supposed to go to Concord on Thursday for a meeting, and as such agreed to a store pickup in Concord. All of that was fine.

The meeting was postponed to next week.

I am going to be in Portsmouth tomorrow. So, I thought it would be a simple deal to have them change the PICK UP.

Oh, BLOODY NO! They essentially have to cancel the order and start again — with a credit back to my credit card etc. 3-4 days for the whole transaction to finish.

My fault. But, it is OK.

I will never have enough reward points to want me to order anything from this accursed company.

Now I will have to make a trip just to pick up the Garmin.


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Pope Francis ‘Dancing’ To Jewish Hasidic Song At The Vatican On May 8, 2017 — VIDEO.

by Anura Guruge


OK. More ‘swaying’ than ‘dancing’.

Click here to access article in
The Jerusalem Post
that explains it all.


Let’s be fair. He is now 80-years old and is known to have bad feet — that requires that he wears heavy, ‘orthopedic’-type shoes. He also suffers from sciatica and we won’t mention his weight issues since becoming pope.

In his youth, he was, however, quite the rake. He was a BOUNCER at a nightclub, was an avid soccer player and had a girlfriend.

This is still cute. Enjoy.


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