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06:48 pm - Uptown problems
Because I am a packrat, the Diabetes Society regularly hits me up for donations and I regularly put bags out for them. But for some reason, the last two times the driver only takes one bag, leaving the other to freeze in the cold. Must ask why-- next time.

The freezing rain failed to appear this morning so I got out to Fiesta for groceries, then gung-ho shovelled and chopped sidewalks up and down the block just as in the old days. *Then* the freezing rain started. Hope the forecast snow follows, to cover it all over again: though you'd think yesterday's four inches of slippery slidey mealy stuff would be enough.

The book I ordered early in January from amazon.uk having missed its delivery date by two weeks and change, I took advantage of their Buyer's Remorse amnesty (cancel within a month and we'll refund to your method of payment, and you needn't return the book.) Book of course shows up three days later. And I might have returned it nonetheless except I noticed that the refund was for the $5 I'd put on Visa for the bit my gift certificate didn't cover. The $10 from the book token is not refundable. So yes, a good thing the book came or I'd be seriously chizzed.

What did arrive in excellent time was a book of New York Times acrostics. The first one took me over an hour. It was from Harry Potter and contained the word 'quidditch' twice.

Meanwhile I shall never get to use my Indigo Books token because Indigo (the last bricks and mortar first-run bookstore standing downtown) still has nothing I want, or can't get cheaper second hand.
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From:heliopausa
Date:February 12th, 2018 01:57 am (UTC)
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Is it clothes that the Diabetes Society collects? Or general bric-a-brac? Very odd in either case, to just leave them. Maybe it's an inefficiently-run racket, and the collector's accomplice just never gets there in time to spirit the goods away to an international vintage goods market.

(At Indigo Books - things like calendars, which can be gifts?)
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From:flemmings
Date:February 12th, 2018 03:41 am (UTC)
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Clothes, household furnishing, crockery, small appliances. Stuff for resale or refurbishing. They're in competition with the crebral palsy people.

Indigo's calendars are uninspired dreck. And one has to use the certificate within a year of its purchase or they take a percentage off. But indigo itself is just- middle of road mainstream uninspired. Its founder came here from Montreal because she was too crass for that cultured city.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:February 14th, 2018 09:29 pm (UTC)
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LOL! I'm sorry they don't have anything worth while.
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From:flemmings
Date:February 14th, 2018 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Of a piece with Amazon's bricks and mortar store, basically.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:February 15th, 2018 03:09 am (UTC)
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Interesting. I've never been in one of those stores, never mind that I live near the one of the first ones.

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