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Christmas Shipping

Blended in with the holiday cheer and traditional holiday shows that ignite our holiday spirit we are Grinched with holiday warnings to expect shipping delays and will be charged loan shark level express shipping rates to “kind of” guarantee (will refund your shipping cost) Christmas delivery.  But maybe we, not the shippers,  have created this problem by waiting until the last minute to overload and overwhelm Santa’s sleigh.

I can’t remember shipping problems when I was a kid mainly because all our givers and givees lived within 20-miles of each other.  Our family got together Christmas eve to exchange presents and after the circus-like celebration all traveled home to their own beds, presents in hand.

But all our cute little kids matured into adults and realized that there was a big world out there with all sorts of opportunity.  Now family has spread across the country from New York to Florida to California requiring more planning to deliver that special present–hello UPS, FedEx, DHL, and Express Mail.

In addition to our geographic family shift, our lives have become busier and taking time out of our busy schedules to shop multiple stores to maybe find that perfect gift is low on our priority list.  How many times did we have to settle for that last minute, destined to be a re-gift, item in the wrong color, size, or need.  It was amazing how good those chia pets and “naming that star” started looking the day before Christmas.  This opened the door for the Amazon model offering any item you wanted in any size or color that could be dropped at your door in two days or less.  But the system is a victim of it’s own success promising to fulfill a massive amount of orders at warp speed and as we know the faster we do anything the more chance for drone cartoon

But like autos, we aren’t going to stop driving because of a few crashes when we can just get the car fixed and go around.  In today’s world of geographically challenged families and friends, shipping and traveling to loved ones is the norm so dealing with occasional shipping problems is inevitable.  It’s all worth it when you balance wayward packages with the amazing unlimited storefront in the sky—anything for anyone at any time,

So, whether I am one-clicking a gift from Amazon or sending a unique local jewel I can’t avoid the shipping crap shoot so the key is to ship early or if all else fails just celebrate Christmas a little later—” on the twentieth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Between Coffee & Beer

Addendum to this post:
I posted this new blog article yesterday and since that time a good friend told me it sounded like a cranky old man and my gentler wife said it sounded jaded–point well taken. I am a half-glass-full positive person and think most people are great but there are some real problems that need to be addressed and I will bitch and moan when needed. But I am also going to try and balance my “get off my lawn” rants with the good stuff–stay tuned.  

I retired this year and have had some time to focus on what Ipeak’s message should be. Up until now the site has included anything that gets my attention: news, general rants or my life events with supporting photos, maps, charts, illustrations, cartoons, animations, links, and videos. Hopefully it’s been entertaining, educational, and mostly fun.

But as I enter my new life stage there has to be a new Ipeaked which will be titled “between coffee and beer”.  The title represents my new retirement life style and the subjects will mostly relate to seniors but I’m finding the stuff that is FUBAR for seniors usually “just ain’t right” for the rest of the world.  Besides it seems like I was just 12 yesterday and today I’m old so all ages should probably pay attention.

A lot of bad laws and policies are created by party bosses, lobbyists, and big money—not by the people we elect so my first post under my new banner is going to supply links to help you find your State and Federal representatives. Just click on the “contact lawmakers” tab above and you’ll be able to insert your zip code for that important info. In most cases you’ll want to know who you’ll vote out unless you’re happy with the status quo.  All have contact info so let them know how you feel and make them accountable for their actions by replacing them if they don’t listen.  Maybe “we the people by the people” will rise again and we can get that Congressional approval rating above a sorry 15%.shrinking cartoon

email, tweet, vote

Elections are approaching and again I see the same old exercise of trying to pick the best of the worse. If the approval rate of Congress is at an embarrassing 15% we have to look in the mirror because we’re the ones who put these slugs in office. It’s time to clean house and change the way congress works. How?

  • Eliminate political parties-everyone should be an independent who votes on laws solely by the will of majority of his/her constituents. If 90 % of the people who voted you into office are in favor of an issue then you are obligated to vote with them. If you can’t govern by the people for the people you shouldn’t be in office.
  • Eliminate all lobbyists and all political contributions. If you take money when you’re campaigning or in office, it’s a bribe. Campaigns should solely be conducted in public forums with social media and old fashion debates. If a candidate wants to spend money on a political ad he/she has to provide and fund an equal opportunity for the opponent. Negative comments about opponents should be outlawed–tell me what you are going to do for me and not some stupid irrelevant slam on your opponent. Imagine an election full of selfies and tweets to get your vote.cartoon of selfie with candidates
  • We need to enact term and age limits. “Thanks for your maximum of 12 years of service and your 70th birthday but that’s it dude”. Let’s get rid of the rust that’s slowing our country’s greatness. It’s time for young and smart (party unaffiliated) to take over and try and fix everything we screwed up. It’s a good idea to have lawmakers who are young enough to live long enough to feel the consequences of their laws. Also make lawmakers accountable with an easy way to recall/fire representatives who don’t listen to the people who voted them into office.
  • Start online voting and eliminate the archaic tradition of waiting in line and determining the outcome of elections on who shows up to vote in bad weather. Why not be proactive and make it easy for every citizen to vote. We can make an app for that. It’s FUBAR to not count every citizen’s vote.
  • Get rid of all the old fashion ceremonial pomp that elevates our representatives to royalty. They are public servants who should be treated like any other working stiff. Eliminate chauffeurs, party leaders, special parking, exclusive health care, travel junkets, exclusive gyms, overgenerous retirement payouts, haircuts, etc. They owe us a 40 hour work week with a few weeks’ vacation and holidays and are accountable to their bosses–us.

There’s a lot more we need to change but most of you already know the bad stuff. We can complain to each other or better yet contact your elected officials and let them know how they can earn your vote. If they ignore you it’s time to put your energy into replacing them. It’s a new day and social media can win and lose elections. Hopefully this blog is helping to spread the word. The most powerful tool of change is the vote. Maybe if we clean up the mess we’ll see more young and smart candidates so we are voting for the best of the best. Let’s rock the vote. Click here to find out who represents you and their contact info.