Shipping Status

By now, you are thinking that you have paid $1000 for two (admittedly nice) books, and that I have absconded to a private Caribbean island with the funds. All too sadly, this is not even close to the truth. The truth is: I am writing this from work, where I am trying to explain to a patent office examiner that something I can barely understand is unlikely to be “obvious”. This is boring, trying to explain patiently to someone who has a big (virtual) scimitar in their hands.

But, there is good news for you. My shipping agent has asked me for a couple of hundred dollars for the last shipment of books, but does tell me that the ship carrying Volumes 3 & 4 have an ETA in NYC of when? Well: today. The books will be here next week some time. Now, why couldn’t they arrive before the long weekend? Because, that’s why.

So: if you haven’t sent your second installment, please do so, as my wife hates having boxes of Jack’s books in the dining room. She likes Jack, has had dinner with him twice, but draws a line at hundreds of pounds of his books lining the dining room. Women can be funny like that. It’s much different when you are courting, all is sweetness and light, sugar, spice and other things quite nice… after the ceremony, the realization hits that there’s every indication that the person you married has a spine of stainless steel, and that getting between her an a goal is unwise. Ditto for cluttering up her dining room with boxes in red, white and blue marked “Priority Mail”.

For those of you who will owe a final payment, the fees go like this:

After you receive Volumes 3 & 4, $295 is due, plus
$60 if you are in the US; $100 if you are in Canada or Mexico; $180 if you are anywhere else in the Universe, except for a few of you who (a) paid a fortune for air mail from Milan or (b) were even more desperate, and drove there to get your books.

If you use PayPal, add 3% for the US, 6% elsewhere.

Regards to all…

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1 Comment

  1. TH said,

    September 4, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Someone should post a few words of thankful encouragement. I can’t imagine having a wife and a life and working that much for so little gain. You, sir, belong to a nobility of people who make the world a better place.


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