Somehow the book ended up reaching me though. It took longer than expected (almost two weeks) but it got here. The receptionist lady in the law office across the hall actually remembered my name from other miss-delivery incidents and she kept it for me. I guess sometimes it pays to have a name that is hard to pronounce. People may never know how to spell it, but if they it on an envelope they will likely recognize it and pass lost mail your way. Unless it’s candy or other edible stuff. Then they just steal it. And yes, the ladies who work the front desk over there have like a sixth sense for detecting chocolate products. Packaging it up in non-descript or hermetically sealed box wont help. We have tried. :P
Anyway, few days have passed and was ready to forget about the whole thing. Then I got another copy in the mail. Total confusion. It was the same book, sent by the same merchant. What happened?
I immediately started checking recently queued blog entries to see if any of them are missing. Then I scrolled through my Google Reader paying close attention to the dates of the unread entries. You see, this is how I check to make sure I’m not stuck in a groundhog day like time loop of some sort. I don’t really read newspapers or watch news in the mornings. I get my news from the internets and that’s after I get some caffeine in my system. When I’m getting ready in the morning my TV is usually tuned into History Channel, Comedy Central or Cartoon Network (cause I was watching Adult Swim late at night and never shut it off before going to sleep and now I’m to lazy to change it) – where repeats happen all the time. So I wouldn’t know that I was looping in time until I started reading my RSS feeds on my lunch break. And yes I take these things very seriously. I’m always prepared for unrealistic events like time loops and Zombie outbreaks. I have things planned out for these unlikely events – like what I would do, where would I go and etc. :P
Fortunately all was well. The dates were correct and I have concluded that I avoided being stuck in time once again. Yes, it happened before. I swear I almost got stuck in a time loop just like this around 4 or 5 times now. Some people say these things are just glitches in the matrix but I know better. The feeling of Déjà vu is telling you that you just narrowly escaped a time loop.
Apparently, what happened is this: Adam went and yelled at the merchant because they were taking their sweet time. It took them over two weeks to ship this book to me. So apparently they and Adam got in a little fight and their mom got scared said “you’re moving with your auntie and uncle in bel-air”. Er… I mean, they assumed the book got lost and sent me another copy via priority mail. Or something like that. I still don’t completely comprehend the reasoning behind this. All I know is that they sent a second book.
In effect I got their rushed “backup” copy first, and then the original copy a few days later. So I now have 2 identical books sitting on my desk. I asked Adam if he wanted the second copy back but he didn’t. He was only charged for one book, and since he already owns a copy he graciously suggested I pass it along to some of my readers just like he did. So this is exactly what I’m going to do. I’m going to give it away to one of you guys! This is what you need to do:
- Post a comment in this thread indicating that you want the book
- Make sure you put a valid email in the email field when posting the comment so I can contact you if you win
- Make sure that you have an address located somewhere in continental US that you could give me
Yeah, sorry about the continental US thing. It’s because I want to be nice and pay for the postage. But you know, shipping oversees costs extra money and may require me to do extra stuff and etc. So I’m limiting this to US residents only.
If this goes well, and there is a good turnout I might do it again at some point in the future – maybe with a different book prize. :)
Oh, and don’t forget to thank Adam, and the clueless Amazon.com book-merchant he used for making it all possible. I’m going to wait like a weak and see how many comments I can collect here and then pick one person at random. I’ll announce the winner sometime around next Thursday.