Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas gifts

I received a new wallet from R. I am very fussy about my wallet as I like it to have certain parts to it, especially a pouch for coins. I chose it a couple of months ago and I did not look at the price. My old one was looking very shabby. I open and close it much too often. I made it so easy for him.

I bought him a new tablet. He likes to watch tv and play on his old tablet, that has become quite tired and dysfunctional. I knew what I wanted to buy, the same as my newish tablet and the price I wanted to pay. The big blue stationary supply shed had them at a good price..........but did they actually have them? No, it seems. It was usually while I was getting around for other matters, but I tried the stores in Elsternwick, South Melbourne, Richmond, Pakenham, South Yarra, along with the city store and Harvey Norman in the city. As well as not having them, in spite of scarce staff checking at different stores, the price kept going up as the couple of weeks wore on. The last place was Richmond where I could buy the display model, for full price, but it would not be available until the next day when the tech person, who has the codes to reinstate it to original, would be available. No fanks. I suppose that is capitalism, scarcity increases the price. But I am not sure that really applies in this case.

Well screw you Australian retailers! They wonder why people turn to online to buy things.

I tried to order it online at Kogan/Dick Smith, but amazingly they were out of stock. I looked again the next day, and it was now available. Well, not the same one, a better one, for a lesser price. I ordered it and it took about ten days to arrive. I think the company realised it had run out of stock for Australia (I think it came from Hong Kong), and so transferred some French models to be available to Australians. It arrived and on the outside of the box is French writing. Do I parlez vous Francais? Non! The tablet was set to French, but it was easy to change it to British English.

I wanted it charged up and set up before I gave it to R, and here is where it all went wrong, well insofar as R may have thought I was buying a tablet for him, but it was confirmed.  This takes me back to R's 50th birthday when I booked us a surprise night at the very posh Sofitel Hotel in the city. The hotel called to confirm a day or so before and R answered the phone. No surprise left. To be fair, Sofitel apologised and gave us a free bottle of good champagne sparkling wine. Gosh it was a lovely and super classy hotel back in late nineties, and probably still is.

So, I updated the operating system, the software, downloaded some apps he uses. Ahh, I can't do this thing without logging into his Google account. I did so.

As soon as I did, I heard a notification sound go off on his phone. I am so stupid!!! What he would have received would be something like this. A new device has accessed your account. If this is you, there is no need to do anything. If it is not you, please click here.

Any doubt he had about what he would receive for Christmas had gone. I suppose he was pretty confident anyway, as I think I said back in September when he was complaining about his tired tablet, 'Well, see what Santa brings you'.

25 comments:

  1. Happy Christmas.
    The other two legged resident of this house is not up so we have not exchanged gifts.

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    1. EC, I hope you enjoyed your peaceful Christmas morning alone.

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  2. Since Jack's laptop totally died and he was interested in what I was getting there was no surprise. I worked like a dog to transfer all his files, and get his machine all set up for him!
    He loves his Christmas Present, even though it was no surprise!
    Now tomorrow, when we open gifts at Mandy's he's getting a World Series Champion Red Sox Baseball Cap & T-shirt. That's for the kid in him.

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    1. Maribeth, some men here call Christmas Day, socks and jocks day, as that is what they recieve as gifts.

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  3. Merry Christmas from Poland

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  4. I'm glad you were both pleased with your gifts even though you both knew what you were getting. I got wise this year and bought "drinks" related gifts for all family members who like their wines. Dan Murphy's gift cards in varying amounts for all the males and "Wine Pearls" for the women. 'Wine Pearls are tear drop shaped stainless steel balls that live in your freezer to be used as ice cubes to keep your glass of wine chilled without melting and diluting it. Movie going daughter received cinema gift cards. Wins all around. Merry Christmas.

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    1. River, pretty good and practical gifts. I have never heard of Wine Pearls, but I can see a problem after having had several drinks, that the pearls might be swallowed. I guess they are quite large.

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    2. They are quite large and not tear drop shaped as I thought, more a very large capsule shape about the size of an ice cube.

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  5. Merry Christmas ... gosh its hot! LOL

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    1. Well, not too hot really Lady J.

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  6. Oh the drama of trying to hide what one is giving another, who lives in same house. The way you told the story made me smile, Andrew. The lengths you go to, for others.

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    1. Strayer, add to that shopping for the other person and getting a gift inside without them seeing it. I try hard, but fail often.

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  7. When I need to change my laptop (not that often), I always order the new of from the UK. That way I can ensure that I have a QWERTY keyboard, and not the bizarre layout they use here. I won't change my two finger typing for anybody! Happy Christmas.

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    1. Cro, that is probably wise. Oddly perhaps, we use the US keyboard here, not the UK keyboard. The basics are the same, but some symbols are quite different and on different keys.

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  8. Suzan4:16 pm

    I am a lucky person. My granddaughter's daddy is thorough geek and good natured. Even French packaging would be no drama as my eldest girl is a French. teacher. Keeping things a surprise is difficult though. We have organised a girl's weekend in Melbourne and will see some shows..Granddaughter's mother, my mother and several others helped us pull off a complete surprise.

    Enjoy your Christmas and your thoughtful gifts.

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    1. Suzan, this coming weekend? What a terrific thing to do. Thank you.

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  9. Happy Christmas, Andrew!

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  10. You both selected well :) There would be nothing worse than receiving 5765433896432 presents and finding that they didn't fit, weren't your taste and cost too much.

    Last birthday Joe rang me from Melbourne's best bookshop and said he had $120 to spend on my favourite book(s). I received two GREAT books :)

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    1. Hels, you are worth so much more than $120. I think Joe must be quite good to you.

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  11. I hate buying tech products!

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    1. Ad Rad, we shall not marry then. I love buying tech stuff, the research beforehand and getting things set up and back to how I like them. Very satisfying.

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  12. For once I had a nice Christmas too, usually there are always discussions and disputes, this time only laughter ! I have read you Christmas posts, I am happy that's over again. Here in Belgium Christmas is mostly a food challenge and people have hangovers and sick stomachs from all that rich stuff ! We were reasonable !!

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    1. Good to hear Gattina. We had a big Christmas lunch with family but just a sandwich Christmas night. Yes, good that Christmas has gone, and for us of a certain age, New Year's Eve will be subdued.

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