Previous “Stories in Pictures” posts

A FedEx Story in Two Pictures

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Yesterday, October 19th, I spotted the following note on a neighbor’s door:

Note reading: Dear FedEx - As I work, I am not home during the day. PLEASE do not deliver before 5 PM I have called & requested this. Thank you. Jennifer Apartment 5
Good luck with that…

I imagine most folks have known the pain and annoyance of a missed package. I can certainly identify. However, I can’t wrap my head around the idea of requesting that FedEx simply not attempt delivery until after 5 PM. Perhaps FedEx should consider an evening delivery service, but as it stands, they do their deliveries throughout the day. That’s just the way it works.

If you’re on the part of their route that gets hit during the day, and you won’t be home, perhaps you should consider alternatives. You might have the package shipped to you at work, or request that it be held at a pick-up point. Expecting FedEx to shift their delivery routes to suit one customer’s desires seems a bit unreasonable.

It would seem the package delivery service agreed, though not in so many words. Today, a day later, I found FedEx’s potentially passive-aggressive reply:

A FedEx Missed Deliver
An indirect response

Better luck next time, I guess, Jennifer.

A Tourist Story in Four Pictures

Monday, September 28th, 2015

ALT NAME
This is an ad for “Old Town Trolley Tours”, seen on garbage receptacles around town.

ALT NAME
The ad features two children on the trolley, waving back at the camera.

ALT NAME
They’re probably having fun, right? After all, it’s “Boston’s Best Sightseeing Tour”.

ALT NAME
Oh shit, send in the hostage and rescue team! Go Go GO!

Mini Car, Mega Oops

Friday, May 9th, 2014

A few years back, a nearby shopping center was being renovated. Part of that renovation included improving the parking lot, with a small drainage ditch being dug near the edge. Before the drainage was completed, and before a fence was put around the ditch, there was a torrential downpour. Which leads me to the following pictures, taken as I walked through the aforementioned parking lot:

Car from a distance
You may not believe what you’re seeing. I surely didn’t.

Car closer
Look for the tail lights.

Car right and truly effed
Ouch.

Though I’ve little doubt that the poor Mini Cooper was totaled, and that this was a very, very bad day for someone, I don’t believe there were any serious injuries. As such, when I pass by the now-fenced-in drainage pit, I amuse myself with the thoughts of the driver of the car. Did they first think “This puddle is deeper than I expected!”? Did they then fear they’d driven into a sinkhole, or perhaps believe they were being swallowed to the depths of hell itself? And then, how did they feel after about three quarters of a second, when the car stopped falling and they realized they were relatively fine?

No matter how lousy a day I’m having, I know it’s not as bad as that poor driver’s was. And so it is that I can always be uplifted by a little drainage pit and the memory of what transpired there.

A Valentine’s Story in Four Pictures

Friday, March 7th, 2014

This is some Valentine’s candy.
Ghirardelli Candy

It only costs 99 cents.
99 Cent Price Tag

Of course, it’s purportedly only 0.091 ounces of candy.
0.091 Ounce Tag

Which means this would be a pretty goddamned wretched deal.
$176 a pound!

Previously: A Story in Four Pictures

The MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Adapter

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The Adapter
This is the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter.

The Adapter, size comparison
This is the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter, shown next to an oversized novelty quarter for size comparison.

The Adapter on its card
This is the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter, attached to a piece of card stock, as it shipped.

The Adapter and its box
This is the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter attached to a piece of card stock, along with the box it came in, and the booklets of information which accompanied it.

The Adapter, its box, and the card it rode in on.
This is the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter attached to a piece of card stock, along with the box it came in, the booklets of information which accompanied it, and the piece of cardboard to which that box was attached (and to which a packing slip is still attached).

The Adapter, its box, the card it rode in on, and the box which contained it all.
This is the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter attached to a piece of card stock, along with the box it came in, the booklets of information which accompanied it, the piece of cardboard to which that box was attached (and to which a packing slip is still attached), and the box in which all that arrived.

The AdapterFor the sake of completeness, this is the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter attached to a piece of card stock, along with the box it came in, the booklets of information which accompanied it, the piece of cardboard to which that box was attached (and to which a packing slip is still attached), the box in which all that arrived, and the not-one-but-two missed delivery slips.

The Adapter
Not pictured: The kitchen sink

A Story in Four Pictures

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

This is a can of shaving gel.
Shave Gel

It features a rust-proof bottom.
A Rust-Proof Bottom

It works pretty well.
It works pretty well

Oh sweet unholy Uranus, what in the hell is that?
What in the hell is that?!