UPS - Paragon of Efficiency
Posted Aug 10, 2012 - 9:34:32
So, since I'm going to be selling in the Artist Alley at Geek.kon this year, I had to (of course) get some stock in of my books so I'll have something to sell. I wanted to place the order for my existing books as I was completing work on the second Crosarth book, so I decided to split it into two: One order of the three books I knew were fine, and then a second order of Crosarth Book 2 if everything turned out with my proofs.
As it happened, everything went perfectly with book 2, and coincidence caused both orders to actually ship on the same day.
I watched the UPS trackers closely, and for the most part they were neck and neck... until Tuesday night one of them just... stopped moving. The package was listed as being in Indianapolis (only an hour away from me), but stayed static. On Wednesday I received one of the packages, but while UPS insisted I'd get my other package that day, the tracker told a different story.
That night, I opened the tracker again, and found this:
That's right, my package apparently decided to make a detour to Fort Wayne for reasons beyond comprehension. Did it get missed on a truck? Did someone put it in the wrong pile? Were my books actually secret agents determined to infitrate... whatever exists in Fort Wayne?
I don't know.
The happy ending is that my books showed up the next day unharmed, but I will forever look at that tracking data and just shake my head.