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Worry on Wednesday

Monday, March 30th, 2009


Worried in this economy?  Take a tip from Bill Slabodnick of Columbus.  Bill, an 80-something who looks and acts a decade younger than his age, has a system.  He worries only on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.   

If something comes up in between?

“I just wait till Wednesday,” he says. 

Anyone else have a Worry Wart remover?  Please share and help the rest of us get our lives back in balance.

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Online Returns: A Rant

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Always looking for time-savers, I’m usually a fan of online shopping.  Usually, but not this week.  It all started when I ordered a new charger cord for my PDA.  It came, but alas, it did not fit.  The vendor, optimistically called Pocket Solutions, had sent it to me in a cute little eco-friendly packet with a green tree on the front.  Assuming the eco-friendly are also customer friendly, I put the charge back in the packet, taped it up, and sent it back for a credit.  Their mistake, after all, not mine.

Imagine my surprise yesterday when the little eco-friendly packet was back in my mailbox nine days after I’d mailed it, unopened with Return to Sender stickers plastered on its eco-friendly face.  Seems that the return policy requires applying first for a code,  plastering the code on the outside of the packet, then mailing the return.  Packages received without it are sent unopened back to the sender.  And guess what.  By the time my packet got back to me, its time for being returned with the magic code had elapsed.

So fellow online shoppers, beware.  Read those return policies before you order and at least before you attempt a return.  Some vendors – most, in my experience – take back items easily.  At most, you’re out the shipping cost.  But others play hardball.  I’m just glad this was just the charger cord and not some pricey gizmo it was going to be charging. 

Other online returns stories?  Advice?

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Light Bulb Illuminates Time Management

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

How many minutes does it take to change a light bulb?  I’d say no more than three.  But then I went to change one tonight and voila!  My math was a little off.  Here’s why:


I took out the dead bulb to know what wattage to put in.  I could not read the wattage, so had to find my reading glasses. I couldn’t find my reading glasses anywhere on the first floor, so I had to go upstairs for  a pair. I could see it was 60 watts, so went to get a 60-watt bulb out of the garage. By this time, I was in a hurry and dropped the bulb on the garage floor. I had to sweep up the glass, but there wasn’t a dustpan in the garage, only a broom. I went back in the house for a dustpan. I cleaned up the mess. Finally, I screwed in the bulb.


Nine steps, 13 minutes.


So now I know that every time estimate I make should probably be multiplied by four.  Maybe that’s why the to-do list never gets done.  


What’s your multiplier?  Two? Three?  Four?  I’d love to know.

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Daylight Savings Time: What to Cut?

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

It always sneaks up on  me, Daylight Savings Time.  Just when I think I need a 25th hour in the day, I’m slammed with 23.  What’s worse, it comes on Sunday – the day when I want to hang onto every blessed minute!   So how to make up that hour?  The world’s shortest blog post, that’s how! What did you cut short to fit it all in??

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