Thursday Things: Tracking Our Packages

Welcome to Thursday Things, where you might find a rant, a rave, or a random fact that I learned today!

Do you remember ordering something before the internet? You filled out an order form, included your check or money order, and waited the required six-to-eight weeks for it to show up? That was just long enough of a time period to forget that you’d even ordered the stuff, so it was a nice surprise from your past self!

Now, we can track almost every step of an online order. You get an email confirming your order. Then another one to assure you they’re packing it all up. There’s another one that comes when it ships, although I find that’s often just when they’ve created the shipping label. Some companies will also send you another one when it’s out for delivery.

This is great in so many ways…until your package gets stuck in one spot for a full week. And it’s your new laptop. Ugh. I tried to be patient. I mean, I completely understand that there are shipping delays right now, but a full week without moving seems ridiculous. I was assured that FedEx would call me back and let me know where my computer was.

They never did, but the FedEx guy happened to show up at my door with it yesterday! And my dog just about hopped in his van with him. Poor old guy just walked right out there like he was ready to go on an adventure!

Porkchop does what he wants.

How do you feel about tracking? Do you check it obsessively or just let your stuff arrive when it will? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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