Ian (ringbark) wrote,
Ian
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The week so far...water

Well, Sunday morning's family service was a light and fluffy affair, as is usual for family services. Debbi preached on us being God's treasure and the ten commandments. A short message, a simple one, and a very fine one. It's Debbi who we went to see licensed as reader as few weeks ago. After the service, our rector Steve slowly realised that th fact we were all dressed in black was no coincidence, especially my shirt with the words "New Zealand" and a silver fern logo. We knew we were onto a winner when he had started the notices with the words "Don't mention it!" In a short discussion with me he mentioned that he's never thown anyone out of his church before... I went off to talk to Debbi about the service.
Lunch with Betty, followed by an afternoon of chat and then home, just as it started to rain. Still, it wasn't too bad. Later, the evening service. During the service, no comments about the All Blacks. Rather, we had a very fine sermon, but one which was hard to deliver, looking at the detail of prayer. I know some readers here are not church people, but you know that I am.This sermon continues in the tradition of good quality Biblical teaching which has always been one of the hallmarks of our original parish church. Afterwards, people were slow to leave, partly because of the weather but partly because they wanted to reflect on what they had heard.
That was the time for more comments about the game, too. I see that the critics in the NZ press have been hard on the ABs, suggesting gaps in the game, but based on the second half, which is what I saw, there is no reason to complain. Simply, the Welsh could not get through the defence and could not stop the NZ attack.
Monday was a quiet day. We went to Birkenhead in the morning to buy me some trousers, but resisted the purchase of chocolate, curry, music and anything else we might incautiously have bought. A quiet afternoon before Viv went off to a music practice after evening-meal.

On Saturday we got a note from the water company telling us that water would be cut off from 8am till 6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. So we have had our baths early and filled up most of our spare bottles and pans with water. It's now eight o'clock and the water has indeed gone off.

Now, as promised elsewhere, some post news.
We ordered a book and the credit card was charged on 26/10. On the morning of 30/10, I received a text message reportedly sent at 13:54 the previous day. It said: "Customer service announcement. We recently tried to make a delivery to you but were unable to do so, please call 07090299186 to reschedule. Ref 9383895"
On the Monday morning after, I called. In Britain, an 07 number is a mobile number, so if you haven't got one, you'll be paying a fair amount per minute. Each recorded messages has at least a minute after it before the next one.
Please wait while we connect you to courier.
There was no answer. Please wait while we connect you to another courier.
We cannot contact a courier. Please wait while we transfer you to our contact centre.
To serve you better, please select from one of the following options. If you are calling to arrange a redelivery, please press 1 now, lots of other options. (I pressed 1)
Please enter the reference number. This is a seven-digit number starting with a 9. (So why not a six-digit number? I keyed it in anyway.)
The reference number you keyed was 9383895. If this is correct, please key 1 now, otherwise please key 2. (I keyed 1 and waited. After a few seconds of silence, it was... Please enter the reference number. This is a seven-digit number starting with a 9. (So I did, but this time I waited till it had finished befor keying 1. This must have been right, because then I got...)
All of our operators are busy. Your call is important to us yada yada yada...
All of our operators are busy. Your call is important to us yada yada yada...
All of our operators are busy. Your call is important to us yada yada yada...
and then I was cut off.
So I tried again, and went through all that again (ok, so I knew to wait before keying the last 1.)
All of our operators are busy. Your call is important to us yada yada yada...
All of our operators are busy. Your call is important to us yada yada yada...
All of our operators are busy. Your call is important to us yada yada yada...
We are unable to connect you to an operator. To use our automated redelivery system please key 1. (You have an automated redelivery system? Why not let your customers use it straight away rather that putting them through ten minutes of this $417?)
Please enter the reference number. This is a seven-digit number starting with a 9. (Yeah, I know. You should know it too. Still...)
Please wait. We have determined that you parcel can be delivered by post. (Oh, that was easy. Oh, wait...)
To confirm that we have a current address for you, please confirm your post code by saying it after the tone and then pressing the star key. Beep. (I did that, but it didn't ask for any confirmation.)
Please say your house number after the tone and then press the star key. Beep. (I did that.)
Then I was asked for a contact telephone number. Can't remember whether I said it or keyed it.
Thank you. your parcel will be posted tomorrow. If your parcel is not delivered within ten business days, please call our delivery centre on [number gabbled so fast I didn't catch it, not repeated].
(Ten days? For a package originally sent by courier? Which is eventually delivered by second class mail?)
Parcel was finally delivered on the Friday, a week after the first text. I do not know which courier company this is. I will try to find out.

Second story, not nearly so long. Last Saturday, I received another parcel. Three books from the US. In a full size USPS mail bag/sack. Inside, the books were packaged in a cardboard box about 11" x 8" x 4". The postman was obviously as baffled by this as I was.
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