It’s mid-day on Sunday and, as usual, or morning has not been marked by a frantic rush. We had porridge with blackberries as a healthy breakfast. It would have been porridge with blueberries but I seem to have hit the wrong button whilst shopping. That may be a good thing, but it might be a bad thing. To some people it may even be a matter of indifference, though to my mind there’s something wrong with people who keep calm in the face of provocation by their internet shopping. I suppose it’s a test of personality.
When your shopping goes wrong do you
(a) curse the evils of modern technology?
(b) welcome the opportunity for new experiences?
(c) blame the Government?
I usually go with (a). None of the new experiences I’ve had from internet shopping – frozen spinach, plastic cheese, sour blackberries – have actually enhanced my life.
There’s no point blaming the Government, or any Government, because with rare exceptions they aren’t really in charge of what is happening. They just talk about how bad the last lot were and shove their snouts deeper into the trough.
I just went off on a 200 word tangent about politicians. It’s clearly going to be one of those posts where much is written but not so much is posted.
I can’t help wondering if this makes it a stronger post and thinking of an article I once read about composing haibun.
It recommended editing until you managed to remove the subject of the haibun, leaving the reader with a feeling about the unspoken subject – the ultimate ‘show don’t tell’ technique. At least I think that was what it said. And I think it was about haibun. I really ought to make notes.
It’s a bit bit like homeopathic medicine where you dilute the cure so much it is no longer there. I’m on surer ground there because that was on Wikipedia.
There’s a big gap on Wikipedia when it comes to discussion on composing haibun. This is ironic when you consider a gap was what I was researching.
For details of the afternoon, check here.
If we were doing our shopping on line, I would surely go for a)
🙂 Seems a popular choice.
I find that my general plan is to blame Rupert Murdoch. It is no use blaming the government as they are only doing what Murdoch tells them to. It doesn’t do any good blaming anyone really as you wisely point out but it lets the steam get out of my head and stops it cooking my brain.
Your view of Murdoch and Government supposes that Boris is capable of following simple instructions, which is, I admit, something I’d never considered. 🙂
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When shopping goes wrong I blame the fine print…
Unfortunately in most cases it is down to me pressing the wrong button. 🙂
Yeah…I’ve done that. My daughter always screws up by not checking sizes….
🙂 Another familiar feeling. All the pictures are so small!
My daughter bought notebooks that I think were 3×2….she just assumed notebooks were one size fits all
Easy mistake. Not a common size, and not something you’d expect. Online retailers should be held more accountable.
To be fair, Amazon didn’t charge her and didn’t make her return them, so there’s that
Good that it worked out well. 🙂
We still have to go to the store here, but the garden is coming online, and I harvested more potatoes and onions yesterday. In the new strawberry bed, I discovered why I am not getting ripe strawberries. There is a vole tunnel coming right up into the middle of the bed, and he is picking them off as they come ripe! A very sneaky, and very smart vole!
Voles are so much cuter than rabbits – it’s hard to get annoyed when you have such a sneaky vole. We have had potatoes and kale from the garden and we will have courgettes/zucchini tomorrow.
This post certainly covers a lot of territory. We, too have had a few disappointments when ordering online. We have learned to take them as they come. Grateful not to have to go to the grocery store.
Agreed – I’m becoming more mellow with time as it’s a waste of time to worry about it too much. It still doesn’t mean I don’t vent about it when it happens. 🙂