Thursday, October 01, 2020

A long wait

 Have you heard of Etsy? It has featured heavily on the couple of cruise ships we have sailed on and I had no idea what it was aside from jewellery sales, and that women liked perusing what was on offer and men were not at all interested.

In a round about way I have found out what it is.

I ordered online a new mouse mat featuring a map of London's Tube map from a company called Zazzle. I had no idea what that company was about either. Weeks later, it had not appeared in our mail box. The company will follow up non delivery after 18 business days and due I suppose to time differences I miscalculated and contacted them after 17 business days about non delivery. A quick reply told me to contact them again after 18 days. I waited a week longer and contacted the exotically named Gustavo again and he replied that the product would be remade and resent. Of course, the very next day a delivery arrived with the mouse mat so I informed the increasingly interesting and exotic Gustavo that the mouse mat had arrived. Ok, my imagination about Gustavo was working overtime. 

So both Etsy and Zazzle offer personally produced products made to order or just bought from a display. That's not bad is it and Zazzle being located in Reno, Nevada and with the lack of international flights, I no complain.

It is a seriously good mouse mat and I hope the map doesn't fade. It doesn't show the Docklands Light Rail, DLR, and I wonder how old the map is?

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  1. Wow. That is a mouse mat made for you - literally and figuratively.

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  2. I Truly Miss Deciphering Maps While Traveling - Actually I Miss A Lot - My Headspace Just Isn't Up To Par These Days - Take Care Brother

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    1. Padre, don't you think it was perhaps easier when we had paper maps?

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  3. What a great Mouse-Mat! I have ordered from both Etsy and Zazzle. Not as pleased with Zazzle as Etsy.
    I will be pleased when one can travel again.

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    1. Maribeth, while I feel the need to travel, I expect it will be with rather a lot of nervousness.

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  4. I do like your new mouse mat. Even after having lived in London for several years, it was difficult trying to place all the different areas. I think I'd be studying the mat more than my screen. My mat is a painting of Sydney harbour bridge by Ken Done.

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    1. Nice one Cro. I expect it is quite colourful. Not sure why we always bought such boring mouse mats.

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  5. I use the finger pad on my laptop instead of a mouse, but when I had a desktop, my mouse pad was Daffy Duck with gold coins and jewels like in a treasure chest. I still have it and use it as a placemat.

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    1. River, you mouse pad sounds cool enough. I think you are the only person over a certain age who can use a finger pad. I tried and hated it.

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  6. I lived in and near London for 2 years in the early 1970s and totally depended on your Map of The Underground. Even when I knew if off by heart, I still kept it in my handbag.

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    1. Hels, for all its crowding, noisy, uncomfortable heat, long walks and stairs, it is such an efficient way to get around and a map is essential for all but the experts.

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  7. That's pleasing it arrived at last. Always the way arrives after the day you got in touch.
    Etsy - have been there but interested in what I saw but I do like your mouse pad.

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    1. Margaret, rather like appliances fail just after warranties run out.

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  8. Now to see if the second one will arrive in about three weeks.

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    1. Travel, it has happened in the past.

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  9. It doesn't show the Jubilee Line, either, and that opened in 1979 -- so that map must be before the mid-'70s. Of course it showed up right when you called Gustavo!

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    1. Steve, even older than I thought.

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    2. How did I miss that when we caught it so often last year.

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    3. I live on the Jubilee Line so I noticed it right away! It looks like the northern part of what is now the Jubilee Line was an arm of the Bakerloo Line back then -- splitting off at Baker Street and going up to Stanmore. Interesting!

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  10. Etsy has such interesting goodies.
    18 days isn't bad for a Covid period, I just received a letter from Portugal that took exactly 2 months!

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    1. Sami, parcels seem to do better than letters.

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  11. I like Etsy. It's a good site to go to if you are looking for an unusual gift AND it helps small business folks.

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    1. Sandra, now I understand the concept, I like it.

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