The internet is a wonderful invention. I’m not sure how three hundred million people all watched the same cat video within a day of each other before the internet was invented, but thank God we can do that today. Seriously, today. There’s another one. Why are you reading this? Wait… just kidding. Come back.
While watching hilarious lip-synced parody music videos, sharing cell phone videos of people dumping ice water on their heads, and posting pictures of your lunch are all very important, the single greatest use of the internet is obviously the ability to track your UPS package’s every single movement across the country.
It all starts with that glorious email from Amazon. “Your package has shipped!”
Sweet Lord in Heaven, thank you. That was an excruciating seventy-five minutes of waiting since I hit the “Place Your Order” button.
Go to “My Orders.”
Sign in again. Why? Oh, well, whatever.
There it is; there’s the beautiful picture of my merchandise. Look at it. I can’t wait to have it in my hands! And there’s the best button in the whole world; right there next to it in all its glorious yellow awesomeness: “Track Package”
I wonder how many miles it has traveled already? Oh, boy! *Click*
January 19, 2015, 7:42 am - A shipment label has been created. Tracking information will be available when the package arrives at the carrier facility.
I thought you said it shipped? You just sent me an email. It’s still sitting on your desk, isn’t it? Ship it already!!
January 19, 2015, 1:32 pm - Package has left seller facility and is in transit to carrier.
What the hell were you people doing for the last six hours?
January 19, 2015, 1:23 pm, Chester, VA, US - Package received by carrier
Now we’re talking. You guys are finally using time travel. The trip from the seller’s facility to the carrier took negative nine seconds! Wait a second… If you guys have time travel, why can’t I just have my stuff three days ago? And when will this technology be available to the general public?
(note to self – see if Amazon sells time machines yet. Also, rent Hot Tub Time Machine again)
January 19, 2015, 1:30 pm, Chester, VA, US - Package has left the carrier facility
OK, a seven-minute turnaround is pretty good. Waaaay better than that six hours last time. But, again with the time travel question…
January 20, 2015, 12:49 pm, Louisville, KY, US - Package arrived at a carrier facility
An entire day to get from Virginia to Kentucky? I just looked at a map, fellas. They touch. Did the driver have to push the truck the whole way? And what do you mean “a carrier facility?” Shouldn’t that be “the carrier facility?” Did he just push the truck into the first place he found in Louisville? Do they know where my stuff is supposed to go?
January 20, 2015, 3:31 pm, Louisville, KY, US - Package has left the carrier facility
Now it’s “the carrier facility” again. I guess he got it to the right one. Seriously, though, three hours to unload a truck that a guy could push? Seems a little weak. Is it on another broken truck? Train? Plane? Give me more information, dammit. Kentucky is a long way from California! (Come to think of it, I think both states are very happy about that.)
January 20, 2015, 10:04 pm, Mather, CA, US - Package arrived at a carrier facility
Mather is an airport. OK, that means you had it on a plane. That would have been good information at 3:31 pm. I’m just sayin’. Wait a second. The time change is in our favor coming west. Why did it take nine and a half hours to fly from Kentucky to California? Was he in a WWII biplane? Did he go east and fly over Europe? It’s 10:30 pm now. Why hasn’t my package left Mather yet?
January 20, 2015, 11:28 pm, Mather, CA, US - Package has left the carrier facility
That must have been some line to taxi to the gate. Or did he have to get out and push the biplane?
January 21, 2015, 12:58 am, West Sacramento, CA, US - Package arrived at a carrier facility
OK, now seriously. An hour and a half? Mather and West Sacramento are like three miles apart. Did he walk the package over? Besides being inefficient, at that time of night, in that neighborhood, that is not smart. And again with “a carrier facility?” I guess if I was walking around down there at one in the morning with a bunch of packages, I would probably duck into the first place I found, too.
January 21, 2015, 2:17 am, West Sacramento, CA, US - Package has left the carrier facility
Why are you guys even up at this hour? And more importantly, why doesn’t this say “Out for Delivery?” You’re taking it to another “facility,” aren’t you? C’mon, I’m awake, too. Just drive it over here.
January 21, 2015, 4:54 am, Rocklin, CA, US - Package arrived at a carrier facility
All right, fine. I’m in Rocklin, so I guess bringing it to “a facility” in Rocklin makes sense. I’m ready for it any time… Hello?... Hello?...
January 21, 2015, 8:21 am, Rocklin, CA, US - Out for delivery
Seriously? You’ve had it for over three hours now. You guys have just been sitting there staring at it, haven’t you? Fine, whatever. Just get it here please.
January 21, 2015, 3:34 pm, Rocklin, CA, US - Delivered
Seven hours to drive three miles!? That took almost as much time as it did for the guy to fly the biplane from Kentucky to California. It’s about damn time, is all I can tell you. I really needed this new lint roller!
See you soon,
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