April 20, 2009

Even though I make my living in IT, there are still times when the things you can do over the Internet amaze me. Take today, for instance. It just so happens that my wife’s twin sister once again finds herself living at a women’s shelter in Florida (you know, that sun-shiney state for shady people) for what seems like the 1,734th time after her latest go-round with a former husband she just can’t seem to break away from.

So yesterday when we got that frantic call from Tam, I asked her what her immediate needs were and she replied food and cigarettes. Seems she was OK for now – some of the other residents were sharing their food with her – but that wasn’t a situation that was going to remain tolerable for long. And so another Gilbert, AZ-initiated version of the Berlin Airlift was needed, and pronto.

In the past, this would involve a trip to the local supermarket, buying a whole bunch of stuff, then dropping it off at the local UPS Store (one of my absolute favorite places to go, BTW), where our groceries would be packaged up and shipped to her. But not today. It was Tracey who got the idea of doing everything over the ‘Net – after all, we just spent this week doing our taxes and paying them online, why not try grocery shopping?

So Tracey found AULSuperStore for all her grocery needs. I think she’s hooked. No getting dressed, hopping in your car, wheeling a shopping cart around, and waiting in line to be checked out. Just grocery shopping in the comfort of her own home. Now granted, you probably wouldn’t want to do this for your everyday shopping – after all, you still have to be able to buy perishable items – but considering the circumstances a wonderful way to get what you need done without all the hassle. The shipping and handling charges were even reasonable.

Same thing with Tam’s cigarettes. After checking a bunch of websites (not being a smoker, I was amazed at how many there were!) Tracey settled on this smoke shop run by the Seneca Indians of upstate New York. While this online commerce isn’t quite as straight-forward as the groceries were (after all, there are a whole slew of regulations associated with purchasing tobacco products) she nevertheless still found great deals you would never find at your local supermarket or convenience store. Again, all without the hassle of traveling – perfect for people like Tracey who prefers rabbits to people and spending her free time relaxing around the house.

What a marvelous technologically-advanced age we live in.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 00:50 | Comments (3)
3 Comments »
  1. Well, how cool is the NET? Good for Tracey for finding this out.
    Getting things ready for Derby guests (of which the two of you are NOT and SHOULD be). Spring is blooming out nicely…the big ass deck is ready for banana trees to be potted and set out. Maybe soon, the three of us can have a martini, listen to surf music and go to Marcos’ restaurant (by the way he is buying out his cousin’s part in the restaurants…Fernando is going to chef on the island of Belaire). Sure do miss y’all.

    Comment by Jana — April 20, 2009 @ 4:35 am


  2. Leave it to you to know all the goings on in Louisville. You missed your calling – you should be society page columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — April 20, 2009 @ 9:53 pm


  3. Just doing my part to give you a reason to come visit. So, when y’all comin’ over? I miss being able to say that and know that you’d be over in a bit. I have been rippin’ and tearin’ in the house…painting, wallpapering, putting in a beadboard ceiling in the dining room (which begins this Friday). Then the yard and flower beds.

    Comment by Jana — April 21, 2009 @ 5:10 am


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment


goodboys.jpg


Search The Site



Recent Items

Categories

Archives
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006


Blogroll

Syndication

4 Goodboys Only

Site Info