It’s cold and wet, but that doesn’t really matter as i’ve been inside all day and have nothing much to do apart from sending parcels.
I stayed late because we’ve been having trouble with a parcel that needs collecting by a courier. They keep coming at 7pm and later, and can’t work out that this is no good for a shop. This is, it seems our fault for closing so early. They are busy and so we have to fit in with them. Whatever happened to the customer always being right? As I pointed out to them, if we have to pay someone for an extra couple of hours to get the parcel picked up we might as well use a more expensive, but more reliable, courier in the first place.
When I finally finished I found that someone had parked their car so close to mine I had a problem getting in. As it’s a private car park this is doubly vexatious.
At home, I had post. One letter was from my credit card company telling me that they were altering the terms and conditions, They are calculating the interest differently now, but as I haven’t used it for years this doesn’t really affect me. They are also going to stop allowing people to use credit cards in casinos and online gambling sites. This was news to me. I’d been told you can’t use credit cards for buying lottery tickets, but didn’t realise you could use them in casinos. I’ve never actually been in a casino (another gap in my miserably grey life) but always assumed they were full of rich people flashing cash around. The idea of feeding my gambling habit by using a credit card is a bleak vision of modern life.
I did have a credit card but as I didn’t use it, I gave it back. I believe that you need one for some specific things but I haven’t found what they are yet, I don’t repine.
Your belief that the customer is always right may not entirely be reflected in some of your previous posts regarding your shop’s customers..
Customers – fair point. 🙂
Credit Card – I think you need one to prove you are financially responsible for when you want to borrow money. It’s one of those modern things that has replaced saving up when you want something.
I have steered clear of buying things on credit for some time. I am an old grump and think that if I can’t afford it, I shouldn’t have it.
My view too. It might be an age thing. If I don’t have something by now there’s a good chance I don’t need it.
It’s an upbringing thing for me. Borrowing money was frowned upon and I have always felt guilty if I have done it.
I remember my parents talking about this sort of thing and grew up thinking that buying on credit was wrong. I was in my 40s before I realised this was why so many people had better cars than I did…
People have always had better cars than me until we got the Zoe. Now of course, new electric cars are becoming popular and the Zoe will soon be very old fashioned.
But you will always be seen as a wise early-adopter and pioneer.
Perhaps….or the mug who dived in before the good stuff became available.
I’m in no position to take the moral high ground on this – I bought a diesel and am now regarded as the anti-christ by the environmental lobby. My reasoning was sound but my timing was appalling.
We had a diesel too at one time but I always secretly knew that in spite of claims about reduced fuel consumption, I was almost certainly poisoning children as I drove through towns,.
Tricky one. Better fuel economy, fewer parts to replace, a longer-lived engine – all contribute to reducing the carbon footprint. But let’s face it, I should really have bought a rickshaw.
Car travel will have to stop at some time, I agree.
If only by myself. 🙂
It’s a start…
We see more and more adverts for on-line gambling. If you have time to look at my post of yesterday you may be interested in the death medals feature: https://derrickjknight.com/2020/12/08/a-frosty-morning/
Theodore George Cooper – Only son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Cooper, of Boldre, Lymington, Hants.
Killed at the Battle of Jutland 1st June 1916 when the destroyer HMS Tipperary was sunk by the German Grand Fleet.
Thanks for this information, Quercus. I may have to appoint you my google for when I’m too knackered to do it myself.
:-)Always a fun way to start the day, bringing old stories back to life.
A wonderful set of photos Derrick, and interesting to see the photos. There are one or two about but a number have, sadly, been stolen.
Such heartless desecration
It is, a memory gone for a few pounds.
Edward Drodge is, I think, 331035 Pte Edward Drodge of the 1/8th Hampshire Regiment who died of wounds 18,12,17 in Palestine and is buried in Gaza.
His Commonwealth Graves Commission details don’t include parents and the details of Edward John Drodge, also born in Boldre but killed with the Royal navy, show his parents as
Joseph and Emma Drodge, of Norley Wood, Lymington, Hants.
The 1911 shows him living at Bull Hill, Boldre with his father, listed as “widower” with the profession of carter.
Thank you very much for this extra information, Quercus. There are many Drodges buried in Boldre.
Yes, and like my dear Wilson ancestors in Lancashire, they didn’t have a lot of imagination with first names – George and Edward seem particularly popular. 🙂 No thought for future family historians.
🙂 My Yorkshire grandfather was George Henry
Mine were an assortment of Bills, Jims and Toms. Not easy – especially when they sometimes lived next door to each other.
You haven’t missed anything by not going to a casino
What, no high rollers, no international spies, no femmes fatales? I hear they have free sandwiches too…
It’s a veritable wonderland
I’m now imagining you dressed as Madame X, flitting from one set of international spies to the next…
That’s me…..I did recently go to the spy museum. Apparently I should be an agent handler
There are so many ways I could reply to that, many of which would sound wrong… 🙂
It’ been a a strange year on many fronts, with all kinds of changes. About 3 1/2 weeks left!
If only I thought we might see an improvement… 🙂