Tuesday, and another dull day passes

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.


38 thoughts on “Tuesday, and another dull day passes

  1. tootlepedal

    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..

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Customers – fair point. ๐Ÿ™‚

      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.

      1. tootlepedal

        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.

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        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…

      3. tootlepedal

        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.

      4. quercuscommunity Post author

        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.

      5. tootlepedal

        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,.

      6. quercuscommunity Post author

        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.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      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.

      Born: Boldre
      Residence: Lymington
      Enlisted: Brockenhurst

      The 1911 shows him living at Bull Hill, Boldre with his father, listed as “widower” with the profession of carter.

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        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. ๐Ÿ™‚ No thought for future family historians.

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