Sunday, November 25, 2012

If Life Were Simple

     So I'm chatting on-line with Chandrakath, a customer representative for the photo book publishing site Snapfish.  I'm wondering why, after spending over two hours putting together my photo book, I can't pick it up at my local Meijer store like the e-mail Meijer sent me said I could.

     Now, Snapfish wants to charge me over $40 for a photo book that I thought would only cost me $15 max.  Chandrakath does some quick research on his/her end and finds out that I am trying to order the custom photo book.  Only the classic photo book qualifies for the discount with local pick-up.

    OK.  Wonder why that little detail couldn't have been explained in the e-mail.  But no matter, it's not that difficult to turn my custom photo book into a classic photo book.  I spend some more time doing that, but when I go to check out and order my book, again it's not giving me the option of picking it up at my local Meijer.  And the price is still close to $30.

    So I click the button to start another on-line chat with Snapfish.  This time Durga responds to my inquiry.  I tell him/her my quandary, he/she does some quick research on his/her end (somehow, I don't think that end is here in the U.S.), and he/she says that I used a photo book specialty theme that costs extra and is not available for pick-up either.

     *sigh*  Again, why couldn't Meijer have told me that little detail IN THEIR E-MAIL!  Argggghhhh.

     Life is much more simple when I'm with my grandson Grant.  I babysat him for an afternoon a while back.  He likes to play with cars on the floor.  Nothing complicated.  In fact, Grant gives me the simplest tiny plastic toy car that he calls, "Bumpa's car."  Meanwhile, he takes for himself this bigger, fancier car that makes a engine-type noise as he pushes it across the floor.   He enjoys driving our cars over furniture, into the kitchen, back into the family room, until he gets bored and ready to move on to something else.    

 We go outside to throw a plush football around.  He enjoys that, but pretty soon his attention is distracted by a jet high overhead, leaving a snowy white vapor trail in its wake.  "Plane," he says.  Then after another little bit, he points out, "Moon," faint but still visible in the late afternoon.  We go around to the front yard and he inspects the tires of our mini-van.  "Wock (rock)", he says, showing me a little pebble embedded within the tire treads.

     Soon he's ready to go inside again whereupon he grabs the TV remote control and hands it to me.  "Mickey Mouse clubhouse," he suggests.  It's his favorite show.  His dad Greg says Grant can spot Mickey Mouses everywhere now (how does Disney engage these youngsters so?).   Greg says he was in a store recently, turned into an aisle and Grant said, "Mickey Mouse."  Greg says he stood for five minutes looking around before he spotted the mouse's mug on a coffee cup.

Ah, planes, cars and Mickey Mouse.  If only we could live our lives so simply.


Blogger Lynilu said...

I love spending time with a small one. Seeing the world through their eyes is amazing. And amusing! As we grow, we lose the ability to see the whole world, especially the mundane. Kids see mundane. And Mickey Mouse.

5:12 PM  
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5:12 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Ahhhh...for the uncomplicated things in life...for the simple life! I can't stand hassles...and try as much as I can to avoid them; side-step them or dodge them completely!

And you can be sure that Durga and his mates are closer to us here Down Under than they are to you up there. They're probably running around Indonesia or India!

I lack patience when I find myself in similar situations to the one you've described! ;)

I can understand your preference to playing with Grant...what a little cutie he is! :)

7:07 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LYNILU--I should take Grant to Disneyworld. I guess there are tons of "hidden Mickeys" there. But I don't think he's ready for that yet.

LEE--Sometimes we'd like to move far, far away just to get away from it all . . . problems at work, traffic, any nagging repair issues having to do with our car, our house, etc.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

I empathise with that, Dave. :)

2:09 PM  
Blogger Lynilu said...

Actually not as many Mickeys, hidden or not, as you would expect at Disney World, but lots of characters!

BTW, WOW! That baby has gorgeous blue eyes!

7:27 PM  
Blogger Carine said...

been there, done that w/ My Publisher Dave. frustrating to say the least.

young ones have a way of letting us know that the simple things in life-are still the most enjoyable.

and I agree w/ Lynilu-Grant's eyes are gorgeous!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LEE--At least it sounds like you have some beauty and solitude a whisker away. We don't.

LYNILU--He does have Paul Newman's eyes, doesn't he. And I'll never trust another Disneyworld site. Only a few hidden Mickeys? Darn.

CARINE--Hea, get this. I got an e-mail from Meijer and Snapfish saying I was being treated to a free mug. Wow, after all that aggravation I felt I deserved it. But I couldn't get on their site yesterday and when I did today I found out the offer EXPIRED YESTERDAY!

5:00 PM  
Blogger CAROLDEE said...

Hope you finally get what you are paying for Dave..sounds like an ordeal I would not like to encounter. As for Grant..never seen such BLUE eyes..soo cute and YES take him to DISNEYWORLD ..although he might just go into OVERLOAD on Mickey..hehe you will love it and memories ..well you will have to order another photo book! LOL Nice to see an update here..take care :-)

1:55 PM  
Blogger Carine said...

I'd complain about that Dave-that's just awful customer service.

3:27 PM  
Blogger CAROLDEE said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours Dave!!Happy and Safe holidays!!

8:32 PM  

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