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Just Turn It

My friend’s daughter decided to take up painting. To encourage her new endeavor, she gave her daughter several blank canvasses. A few weeks later, my friend noticed the canvasses were blank. When she asked about it, her daughter said they were portrait and she wanted landscape.

From portrait to landscape! It’s a miracle!

Although a true story, I found this tale hard to believe until something similar happened in my own family. Looking for a present for my mom, I found a picture of a zebra.

Zebra with a head

Unfortunately, the picture was too large to ship, so I texted a photo of it to Diana, my sister, to see if she could find the same item locally. My mom and Diana live in the same town so shipment is not an issue. Shortly after sending the text, I got a message from Diana saying she couldn’t find an exact match but she found a zebra picture without a head. This is what she sent.

Zebra without a head

A few minutes later, she texted again and said she was looking at it upside down. I’ll admit I made the same mistake, but it was a tiny image on my phone. Therefore, I place all responsibility with Diana.

Remember this. Everyone should get at least one turn.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

The Importance of Accurate Signage

I don’t cook but because I have a flexible schedule, I do most of the grocery shopping. This week, my assignment included snow peas. I had purchased them before, so I knew exactly where to find them in the store. Much to my disappointment, there was only one remaining in the bin. I guess whoever bought the batch didn’t want to take the last one.

The last lonely snow pea

There were plenty of sugar snap peas in the adjacent bin, but sugar snap peas weren’t on my list.

I went over to the prepackaged vegetables and found a bag of sugar snap peas which looked exactly like the snow peas in the open bin. I even took the bag over to compare – thank goodness that kind person left the last one. It was surprising the bag was mismarked.

I wasn’t sure I should chance buying the wrong pea, so I walked to the frozen section and found the same thing. Feeling the bag, it was clear that it contained snow peas. Once again, it was strange the bag wasn’t labeled correctly.

Frozen Bag

I ended up buying the fresh bag and when I got home, I looked up the difference between sugar snap peas and snow peas. Apparently the people working in produce at the supermarket don’t know the difference because they were the ones who labeled them wrong.

These are really sugar snap peas

At the time I was shopping, my pea brain couldn’t comprehend the grocer could be wrong even though all evidence pointed in their direction. Now that I’ve done my homework, I finally have peas of mind… and so can you.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

Techno Blunder

In planning for a trip, I decided to purchase a portable charger for my phone. I take a lot of pictures and wanted to be sure I had enough juice. Knowing very little about this type of technology, I bought a best seller on Amazon.

Portable Charger

Portable Charger

It didn’t come with a phone cord, so I had to buy one of those, too.

Cord to my phone

Cord to my phone

When I opened the package, I found another cord that didn’t seem to go to anything. I thought maybe it was for a different type of phone.

What is this for?

What is this for?

Once I had everything out of the package, I decided to email the manufacturer. Feeling very smart, here’s what I said.

“I just received your Anker PowerCore+ mini 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger. Based on the Amazon reviews, I’m sure I’ll be happy with your product. I purchased the charger for my iPhone – which is the source of my questions. Why do you include a cord that I can’t use? Instead of requiring customers to purchase a lightning to USB Cable, why don’t you sell a version with the cord I need? Or at the very least, sell a version with no cord at a lower price? Looking forward to your response. Thank you.”

After sending my message, I examined my purchase further at which point I couldn’t figure out how to charge the charger. Then it hit me – that’s what the mysterious cord was for. Feeling totally stupid, I emailed the manufacturer again.

“Okay, okay – I just realized what the cord you included is for. Please add this to your list of emails that gives you a good laugh! No response is necessary! *:)) laughing
Thank you!”

 

I’m pretty sure many of my emails are in the “most funny (aka stupid)” files. With any luck, this blog will prevent others from making the same mistake.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

This was me

This was me

Faulty Engineering

My sister and I went into a restaurant bathroom. She headed into one stall and I attempted to enter another. However, I couldn’t get in because the cover over the toilet paper roll prevented the door from opening.

When I pushed on the door, it wouldn't open any farther because it hit the toilet paper cover

When I pushed on the door, it wouldn’t open any farther because it hit the toilet paper cover

As we were washing our hands, I told my sister what happened. Of course she had to see for herself. She tried pushing the door a little harder but it still wouldn’t open.

Until this…

The door opens now

The door opens now

She pushed the door so hard, the toilet paper roll cover popped off. Then the door worked fine.

That’s all well and good until the next person comes along, enters the stall, replaces the cover and then can’t get out. Too bad I couldn’t stick around to see it happen!

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

The Quick Learner

While shopping earlier in the week, I witnessed a woman take a bar stool and two mugs to the return counter. Here’s the exchange.

Clerk: Is there something wrong with the bar stool?

Customer: Yes, the foot rest is on the back. The other one I bought, the foot rest was on the side. We could deal with that by putting our feet to the side. But in the back? Our feet don’t reach back there.

Clerk: I see. Let me ask one of my co-workers to take a look to see if there’s anything we can do. Kelly? Could you look at this?

Kelly checked the stool, then called over Mary. They tipped the chair, examining it closely for some kind of solution. Then they called Joe from the back.

When Joe arrived up front, he obviously noticed the expression on the three women’s faces. He seriously listened to the problem, tipped the chair again, made a few adjustments, and miraculously fixed the chair. The customer was appreciative and amazed. He was laughing as he walked away.

Clerk: Did you still want to return the stool?

Customer: No.

Clerk: What about the mugs?

Customer: I’ve decided to keep them, too.

Clerk: Was there anything wrong with them?

Customer: I thought they were left handed mugs, but I can work with that now.

Some people might laugh at that customer but I, always seeing the bright side, have a different conclusion: that lady is a quick learner.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

I'd like to return one my placemats - it was printed upside down

I’d like to return one my placemats – it was printed upside down

Oops!

Last week I accidentally posted today’s blog. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem except I was on vacation and didn’t do any writing.  So today you get a preview of what’s to come.

One of these resulted in a near disaster on my trip. Can you guess which one? Check back next week to find out.

Fish Boil

 

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May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

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