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Books.

No Longer ‘Prime’ Membership

I’m so done with Amazon Prime. In their continuing efforts to save money (and make more money, as corporations are actually legally bound to act in their own fiscal self-interest), Amazon’s packaging and shipping have gone down the toilet, at least in my experience. I’m OCD about my books. If I purchase a brand new book, it better arrive  without a crease or ding in it. Period. If you promise me 2-day shipping, then I better get my books on time as promised. This practice of transferring packages from UPS to USPS may save Amazon money on that transaction, but it’s losing loyal customers, such as myself.

I placed an order over the weekend for 3 books. It was split into 2 shipments, one of which arrived on time yesterday via UPS, albeit the book came in a barely padded envelope that looked like it’d been used as a football. The spiral-bound book inside was certainly worse for wear. Disappointing.

The second package was transferred from FedEx to USPS, who marked it as Delivered at 4:44PM. Was it delivered? Nope. How do I know? Well, I was home, for one, but my Postman doesn’t EVER even bother trying to deliver to my door. Anyhow, it also wasn’t in my mailbox. Nor was there a key for one of the larger parcel/overflow mailboxes. And, NOPE, there was not a notification letter in my mailbox indicating that an oversized package had been delivered to my leasing office. So, essentially, USPS LIED to me and to Amazon by reporting a package as delivered that was, in fact, not delivered. Their numbers don’t suffer, but I, the consumer, do.

I contacted Amazon, and their lack of alarm was very disconcerting. They treated this a commonplace, no-big-deal, be-patient scenario, which really frustrated me because I felt deceived and let down. If I pay for a service that’s meant to deliver my packages in 2-days, and, in fact, ⅓ of my order manages to make it on time whereas the other is deceptively labeled as having been delivered on time… and your response reveals this to be a typical occurrence, there’s something very wrong here.

Such a shame. I’ve had Amazon Prime for 5+ years. It’s hard to let go of a long-term relationship, but it becomes simple when you and your things are treated like crap.

 

And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone— even alcohol. For by this time sanity will have returned. We will seldom be interested in liquor. If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame.”

Big Book p. 84

Dagny Taggart & John Galt

Dagny was infatuated. She could not get the thoughts of John Galt out of her head.
She had the patience to wait it out. Suffering. Separation. Longing.
All for the final moment when the truth was realized.
Spiral out? Keep going?

Who is John Galt?

I just finished reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It’s the first book of hers I read. I’m now at the end of a 1000+ page journey, and I’m left with much to consider. It was a really amazing book. To be so long yet so interesting throughout– it’s amazing. Right now, I can’t even begin to dissect all that I feel about the book. I’m rather in awe, I guess.

I was aware from the start of the book of Rand’s voice in the book. I could feel her manipulating me into seeing her way, viewing her philosophical point as the only one that made sense. While I may not sign my life away as an Objectivist (Rand’s philosophy), I can respect her overwhelming talent and intellect. I bring this up only to really say that one could really get wrapped up in Rand’s beliefs while reading this book– if you aren’t aware of the author’s voice and intent. Still, even as I was aware of it, I would fight this awareness and want to succumb to what seemed the logical answer– the one Rand was so expertly driving me towards.

Hopefully, I’ll have more to say on this later. Needless to say, I have found another person who I believe to be a source of inspiration and respect. For that, I am most grateful.