Tuesday, October 27, 2009

College Essentials DVDebacle: UPDATE Oct27

For those of you following along, I recently purchased this piece of crap from Woot.com.

Here is some more information on it.

Basically, it's a collection of the 24 College-type movies that you can see here. They call them the college essentials pack. It contains:

This is a pretty good selection, or so I thought at the time, so I purchased it. The problem comes later my friends.

Almost 10 days later, I am using my little mac dashboard thingy to track my postage...

  • Day 1-5... no news from w00t. They are probably too busy because of the MASSIVE amount of orders for this amazing deal. no joke... .... .......
  • Day 6... shipment info arrives in Dallas... okay that sounds right.
  • Day 7... shipment leaves Dallas, TX. YES! It's on it's way! If only I were truly excited.
This is where the fun starts boys and girls.
  • Day 8... arrives in New Berlin? Where's that? I expand the widget, which was too small to display the whole thing...

Wisconsin? That's not on the way to Washington DC. Huh... how strange?

I decided to do some research. I went to my account and glanced at the address, just fine. Yep everything looks guuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... wtf.

I typed my address wrong. (I will reprint it here with some things changed to avoid junk mail):

4**0 Sedgwiz St E
Washington DC 48820

Sing it with me now! One of these things is not like the other, one of these things, doesn't belong!
I had typed everything correctly except the zip code. This means that FedEx was doing it's job just fine, except the whole reading the city/state thing.

While I do recognize that I failed pretty amazingly, you must know that I don't want to blame myself here. It is much easier to blame the stupid FedEx truck with the cute little dog on it... stupid dog... ruining my packages... that is blocking the only good parking spot on the whole damn street EVERY DAY.

Anyway, so I decided to write an email to w00t.com, although I realize 2am might be 2 late... em. Knowing it might be too late, I decided to be as honest as possible, describing the situation surrounding my mistake accurately. Which may explain the lack of enthusiasm with which I await my package.

Below is my email verbatim (again with information obstructed):
From: Trace Dominguez -trace's_fake_email@gmailé.com-
Date: October 27, 2009 1:42:29 AM EDT
To: service@woot.com
Subject: Wrong Zip in the Ship!
Hello! I ordered the College Essentials DVD Movie - 24 Pack on 10/18/2009 and realized while tracking the package that I typed in my old zip in combination with my new address.

For this, I apologize. I was drunk at the time and couldn't pass up a deal to buy 24 mediocre movies for a good price.

My actual address is:

Trace Dominguez
4**0 Sedgwiz St E
Washington DC, 20016

Below is the copy of the friendly WootBot email. (which I copied to them but is thoroughly uninteresting for the casual reader)

Thank you and I apologize, it wasn't me it was a combination of Hot Apple Cider and Rum, Pumpkin Spiced Beer, and Capt Morgan Spiced Rum mixed with Canada Dry. And the one armed man.

Whatever you think of me, know that I was all kinds of spicy.

Thank you,

Trace Dominguez

I thought it was a good story, though looking at it ad nauseum here just makes it seem sad. Regardless it is now 2:04am. And i have to read my Research Methods textbook. I am glad to have taken this break with you.

TD Out.

I recieved an email back from w00t!!

from: Woot Member Services service@woot.com
to: tracesfakeemail@gmailé.com
date: Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 12:46 PM
subject: Wrong Zip in the Ship!, case # W-436647-9GDQ CRM:00259918

That actually sounds like a delicious combonation of alcohol. Unfortunately, address corrections are not possible for packages shipped SmartPost. The package will likely be returned to us. Please watch the scans and email us the correct address once the package in transit back to us. Otherwise, a refund will be issued upon receiving the item back here. Please, do not drink and Woot.



Tye, while the result is saddening, you are correct. The alcohols were very yummy. Thanks for your quick reponse w00t. Someday, when I finally recieve my drunken purchase, I will sit down with some Capt. Morgan and Canada Dry and relive the night I bought this crap. While watching this crap.

I can't wait.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Facebook Commentary

Today, I attended the National Equal Rights March on the National Mall. I posted this picture to Facebook:

The photo received a number of Likes and a comment:
J*** *******: I'm pretty sure the 14th Amendment already provides equal rights to all Americans regardless of sexual orientation. Or was this march about something else?

I felt the need to respond to J, but I didn't want to post the whole thing on FB. So I posted a blurb with a link to this post. Here is the full comment I wanted to post. Please feel free to comment and correct me if I have a skewed interpretation, maybe it's wrong, maybe it's not specific enough, maybe it's too specific. Let's discuss it

Trace posted:
The March was about Equality across the board.

The 14th attempts to apply to everyone, but there is still bigotry. The 18th amendment was created even with the 14th as the language of the 14th isn't always looked at properly.

Obviously, the 14th wasn't enough to stop the deprivation of rights from specific groups. I wish the 14th was enough.

Federally recognized marriage/spousal benefits was a key topic. The denial of full benefits for couples is a concern for ANY monogamous relationship, and it's still not accepted for the groups that participated today.

The 14th amendment states, "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

This language does not specifically imply that laws made restricting the right of marriage are unconstitutional.
The Equal Rights march wants equal liberties for all, and even with the 14th there are States that have denied rights to it's citizens and the laws have not been struck down as unconstitutional.

Unfortunately, some people still don't want to allow other people to have the same rights they enjoy.