Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

30 Dec 2005, 9:58 a.m.

Tiny First-World Problem

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2005 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

You paid for two-to-three-day shipping, which is labelled with the shorthand "2-Day" at the online store. Then you find out that the damn item did not get given to FedEx for two days, and the store doesn't pay FedEx enough to deliver on Saturdays, and FedEx never delivers on Sundays (there is no good reason for a multinational corporation to completely forgo Sunday deliveries! What if I needed communion wafers stat?), and Monday is in theory a holiday because it's the day after New Year's Day, so there you go! It takes a week for the "2-Day" item to get to you, and even the kind customer service agent's refund of the expedited shipping fee does not soothe the wormwood in your heart.