March 23rd, 2019


Late Rantlet

I've spent the last couple of hours dealing with J. C. Penney's web site. I loaded $200 onto one of their gift cards at Safeway last week, then tonight picked out some stuff from their clearance sale online, but when I got to the checkout page I got a "There was an error while processing your request. Please try again" message. Repeatedly. I tried their "Check gift card balance" and got a "Problem in getting the response from the service!" notice (complete with exclamation point, as though they were as surprised as I am.) I've double checked the card number and pin number, and did indeed enter them correctly, so not my fault.

WTF? They've already got the money I loaded onto the card, so they don't feel obligated to actually sell me anything? If they think I'm going to give them my debit card number just to get through the checkout they should think again. It's their card and their system, and they ought to be able to make it work. I suppose I'll end up having to go to the actual store a the Chico Mall to get anything done about it. The reason I've ordered stuff online is so I wouldn't have to go down there. In the meantime all the clearance stuff I ordered on the web site will probably sell out, and I'll end up having to buy stuff at their regular prices just to get my $200 back. I was better off just buying cheap crap from K-mart, and K-mart is bankrupt! I wonder how much longer J. C.Penny will survive?

Anyway, day over. I'm going to go read something. Maybe Das Kapital. I feel a conversion coming on.

Edit: After much additional futzing about, I finally got the checkout page to accept the card number, but I have no idea how. Perhaps it was not broken, merely agonizingly slow. Anyway, the stuff is on its way. I have no idea if any of it will turn out to have been worth the aggravation. I wouldn't mind if I'd gotten a funny rantlet out of it, but re-reading that one in the light of day it falls flat. I used to get some decent jokes out of such situations, but I seem to be losing my touch. And if I lose my sense of humor completely, it's much to late in history for me to start writing the humor column for a local newspaper. The tragedy of old age.
5th street los angeles 1905

Busy Day

After giving me grief for a couple of hours last night J. C. Penney's web site finally quit harassing me and let my buy the stuff I wanted. I'm not sure it will fit, since I can't remember for sure what size sport jacket I wear. I had a few that burned, and need at least one for the warmer weather that's coming soon. I ordered four, in two sizes, so there's a chance at least one will be satisfactory. Very heavily discounted, so I don't think I can return any. Tonight I supplemented them with three jackets from K-mart, much cheaper but certain to fit as well as anything from K-mart.

There was drizzle this morning, but it gradually diminished and for a while it looked as though it would be sunny by noon, but then a storm cell came through. The sky became a luminous gray and then thunder began rolling. Within minutes rain was pouring down, intermittently accompanied by hail, and the thunderclaps grew louder and more frequent. Waterfalls gushed from the roof of the building, and the parking area was almost entirely flooded. It was quite spectacular, but only lasted a half hour or so. Ate that deluge the sky did clear rather rapidly, and at two o'clock I decided it would be safe to take the bus to Save Mart.

The shopping went quickly and there was plenty of time to catch the bus back to the apartment with two big bags of groceries, including pork chops, bean sprouts, a cucumber, bolillo and telera rolls, a bottle of sweet and sour sauce, romaine lettuce, Ritz crackers (though not the flavor I wanted) and a six pack of cute little eight ounce cans of Coca Cola. When I was a kid Coke came in six-ounce bottles, which everyone seemed to think quite sufficient even after Pepsi started making twelve ounce bottles. But when Royal Crown Cola began making a sixteen ounce bottle the other two followed along and by the time I was a teenager the future diabetes and obesity epidemics were assured. I was surprised when various bottlers recently began making the small cans. I suspect that a lot of people will continue buying those two liter bottles that have become standard, but I really like the idea of the small can and hope it sticks around.

After I got home I headed for Grocery Outlet to buy a box of donuts, but checked the furniture in the Goodwill store first. That pair of nice dining room chairs I've been looking at were still there, now reduced to $.99 each, which was too good a deal to pass up. I managed to get someone to give me a ride so I wouldn't have to carry them home on foot, which is a good thing since they are quite substantial and heavy. One of them ha arms and the other doesn't. I'm using th armless one at the dining table, so I don't have to move the chair at the computer when I want to eat, and the Captain's chair is in the living room, substituting for an easy chair for the time being. The place is coming close to looking livable.

We stopped at grocery Outlet on the way back and I spent more than I intended, as I often do there, and my cupboards are now more stuffed than ever. The best deal was the orange juice, as they had a buy-one-get-one-free deal on orange juice, and it was only $2.49 for two 52-ounce bottles, so I'm fixed for orange juice for the next two or three weeks. Since I saved about three and half bucks on the juice that paid for the biscoti, feta cheese spread, and Cracker Jack I hadn't intended to buy. The impulse buys of cheese dip and cinnamon oat pancake mix I had to cover myself.

So it turned out to be a busy day, and I've arranged to go to Safeway tomorrow, though I probably won't be buying very much there. There'd be nowhere to put it. And I should probably avoid going to Raley's this week. And given how much food I've got on hand I'm thinking maybe the revolution should be put on hold for the time being. We'll see how I fel about it when I run low on tiny cans of Coke.