January 26th, 2009

pinkie pie

busy weekend

Hello, LJ! This was a busy weekend, so let's do a pluses-and-minuses.

Saturday:

- -30C windchill is not good for cellos.
+ Found a bus/subway/bus route that was warm enough that the cello was in tune when I got to my lesson but only took ten minutes longer than walking.
+ Extra-long lesson spent mostly on phrasing and interpretation of the first two movements of the first Bach suite. I feel like a real musician on the cello now!
+ Went to Saving Gigi for the first time. Good sandwiches, great coffee, and had a nice chat with the owner about the neighbourhood.
+ Took a nice long stroll along College St, checking out shops, and bought a new shower curtain.
+ Went to Soundscapes to pick up new Franz Ferdinand album.
- The album hadn't been released yet (it was released today).
+ They sold it to me anyway, and I bought a Buddha Machine there too.
- Went to buy Neko Case tickets but they only had them for the date we didn't want.
- Lost a $180 Google Adsense cheque somewhere along windy College St. Retraced my path back home, to Saving Gigi, and all along College to Bathurst to no avail.
+ Found out that Google will re-issue lost cheques.
+ nyxie bought some shoes at Trove for 60% off.
+ Ended up at the Victory Cafe for a giant plate of nachos and tasty cask ale.

Sunday:

- Woke up to a 14 C apartment, brr! Called the landlords and they were having thermostat issues.
+ The landlords found a leaking pipe while investigating the furnace.
- So they turned off the water for the morning.
+ The furnace works again and the water was back on for the rest of the day.
- Found that my Buddha Machine was acting flaky, so took it back.
+ They exchanged it no problem.
+ On our way to the Raptors game, Had a Bridgehead-quality date square and tasty coffee at Wanda's Pie in the Sky in Kensington.
+ While wandering around killing time before the game, I stopped in Get Outside and found that they sell the cheap rubber boots I want, which I haven't even been able to find at places like Canadian Tire or Mark's Work Wearhouse.
+ Got a free bottle of Frank's hot sauce just outside Air Canada Centre.
- Had the (glass) bottle confiscated twenty feet later at the door.
+ Got to confuse the guy at the door by surrendering a full, sealed bottle of hot sauce, and saying "You're going to get a lot of hot sauce today". In retrospect I hope he thinks I cursed him.
+ Raptors 113, Kings 97. We had a great time at the game.
+ Got another free bottle of hot sauce on the way out. mendel 1, ACC security 0!
+ Burgers, curly fries, and St. Peters Winter Ale for dinner.
- The second Buddha Machine was flaking out already!
+ Tried fresh batteries and it was fine, which means the first one was probably fine TOO. Woops.
+ Bought Neko Case tickets for the date we wanted online, and got tickets for the Von Bondies too.
+ Hot chocolate before bed.

Yay weekend!
disbelief

Stupid AbeBooks tricks

So I went to buy an old cookbook on AbeBooks earlier today. Found it from a Canadian seller for $3 and $7 shipping. Sounds good to me, I go through the forms, and I accidentally fat-finger my credit card's expiry date.

So the card is declined, which is fine, I'll re-enter it! But the book I ordered doesn't go back into inventory right away. And now, hours later, it's still not in inventory. I kind of wonder if maybe they wait for the seller to put it back in inventory!

Now, in this case, that doesn't cause any problems; no-one else in Canada has the book for that cheap so I'll just wait. But if I was buying a book that was in good supply, I wouldn't wait -- I'd just buy it from the next seller in the list. So the net effect of their inventory management is that a card declined for technical reasons leads to a lost sale for the bookseller the buyer happened to choose, even though the buyer still gets the book.

I don't see why they'd just give a second chance at entering credit card info for the same book.