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Lanark
01-08-2009, 11:52 AM
I'm kind of livid right now.

I've been sitting around here all day waiting for UPS to deliver a new ukulele. (a Pono pks-2e from MGM's blowout deal) And I've been anxiously waiting. Pacing the floor. Checking the UPS website every half hour. (It's just had an arrival in Mpls time from yesterday since this morning) Looking out the window. Moving from room to room. Didn't even take a shower for fear of it arriving at that moment.
I was even a bit anxious going out to get coffee beans after 10am this morning even though my wife was home for fear of missing it.

I mean, it's Winter in Minnesota. It's currently 11 and that's pretty much the high for the day. I've got a ukulele riding around in an unheated truck. I want to be available to receive it.

I finally manage to settle in around 2pm to watch a movie (Wattstax. Worth it just to see Ted Lange in a pre-Love Boat, "keepin' it real" setting...) The movie gets done at almost 4pm. I check UPS website again.

"A delivery attempt was made..." WTF?

I run downstairs and sure enough there's the UPS post-it.

Apparently when you entrust your package to UPS, you're putting it into the hands of people who can't manage to properly press a button. I mean, we've even got "push bell hard" printed out and taped to dang doorbell but apparently printed instructions on proper use were beyond comprehension for the guy.

So after some digging around on the UPS website, I find the number and arrange to drive there and pick it up myself. I just have to wait until after 7pm for numbnuts to wander back there with it.

I should be able to figure out who it is because my driver will be the one wearing a helmet.

menehunenyc
01-08-2009, 12:02 PM
I'm kind of livid right now.

I should be able to figure out who it is because my driver will be the one wearing a helmet.


Guffaw thats funny!!lol:D

russ_buss
01-08-2009, 12:04 PM
this has happened to me before. i feel your pain. give numbnuts my regards.

Link
01-08-2009, 12:45 PM
This has happened to me with a bass. Grr. Very funny about the helmet though.

NatalieS
01-08-2009, 12:52 PM
That's happened to me too before. It sure does stink, but I think at least half your pain will go away once you start strumming on your new uke. ;)

gobes
01-08-2009, 12:54 PM
I should be able to figure out who it is because my driver will be the one wearing a helmet.

You make a lot of friends with lines like that?

(I know you're joking, but geesh...that's kind of....well, ugly)

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8118

Lanark
01-08-2009, 01:09 PM
You make a lot of friends with lines like that?

(I know you're joking, but geesh...that's kind of....well, ugly)

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8118

Not to take the troll bait, but I really don't consider a joke related to domestic violence particularly funny. Maybe I'm just old fashioned that way. It seemed in rather poor taste. particularly on this forum.

(and I'm sorry if I struck a chord with you and your helmet. I'm sure it's quite nice with some sweet unicorn stickers on it and stuff.)

wickedwahine11
01-08-2009, 01:30 PM
Awwww...I feel your pain. I have had the exact same thing happen to me.

I also once had a package that I didn't even want to run to the bathroom for fear of not hearing the bell. I obsessively opened my door and checked the website all day long only to find the status read "delivery attempt made" and turns out the guy tried to deliver it to my neighbors. He couldn't even read the stupid numbers on my house and tried to deliver it next door. Like you, I drove out there that night and waited in line to get it.

As frustrated as you are though, think how happy you will be once it is yours and this is you...:music:

Pippin
01-08-2009, 01:46 PM
I had that happen several times and when I went the last time it happened in an attempt to pick it up, the driver accidently left it on the truck and they shelved it in the warehouse and said they'd have to deliver it again in the following Monday. I was fuming.

Ukuleleblues
01-08-2009, 02:07 PM
I'm kind of livid right now.

...........I finally manage to settle in around 2pm to watch a movie (Wattstax. Worth it just to see Ted Lange in a pre-Love Boat, "keepin' it real" setting...) ..................

Yea, I fall asleep while watching movies too :)

Tanizaki
01-08-2009, 02:15 PM
I think we've all had this experience at least once. You said you've posted a sign that says "push doorbell hard." It may be a good idea to repair the doorbell so this won't happen in the future. If the doorbell can't be heard from outside, the delivery person can only jam the button and hope he's been heard.

gobes
01-08-2009, 02:27 PM
Not to take the troll bait, but I really don't consider a joke related to domestic violence particularly funny. Maybe I'm just old fashioned that way. It seemed in rather poor taste. particularly on this forum.

(and I'm sorry if I struck a chord with you and your helmet. I'm sure it's quite nice with some sweet unicorn stickers on it and stuff.)

Troll bait... nah, just pointing out your poor taste.

Ukuleleblues
01-08-2009, 02:28 PM
I think we've all had this experience at least once. You said you've posted a sign that says "push doorbell hard." It may be a good idea to repair the doorbell so this won't happen in the future. If the doorbell can't be heard from outside, the delivery person can only jam the button and hope he's been heard.

Maybe you could rig it so it shocks the crap out of em so they know something happened.....or maybe a OOGAAA horn rigged in would help. With it being 11 degrees he probably had two set of gloves and three knit hats with a ski mask on top!!! And to think I was bitchin cause it was 65 degrees and windy today. Hope you get your Uke OK though, just kiddin!!

Just to give you a heads up though, just remember when you pick it up, the folks at the pick up site are the ones they can't trust with driving a truck (or pressing door bells either). Be prepared for a comedy skit.

hoosierhiver
01-08-2009, 02:57 PM
Like Russ said "I feel your pain",ooo shudder..

Lanark
01-08-2009, 04:20 PM
Troll bait... nah, just pointing out your poor taste.

Seriously. What's with you? I mention to somebody else that I think they made a joke in bad taste and you step in and start with this pointless parrot routine. I don't get it.

Please leave that elsewhere. This isn't the place for that kind of nonsense.

hoosierhiver
01-08-2009, 04:29 PM
No doubt,who needs more snide comments in their life.

haolejohn
01-10-2009, 10:05 AM
Yea, I fall asleep while watching movies too :)

LOL!!

I once had UPS deliver my first solid wood uke and same thing happened. Once I checked the website I called and they informed me it would be Tuesday before they reattempted to deliver b/c monday was a holiday. I got so mad and finally had managment contact driver and I met her two miles from my house. They were supposed to deliver after lunch and they delivered before. Needlesss to say I got my package on that friday.

The driver's response after I opened the package:

"Ohh it's just an ukulele"

wickedwahine11
01-10-2009, 10:42 AM
The driver's response after I opened the package:

"Ohh it's just an ukulele"

Oh man that would have burned me up!!:mad:

SamWise
01-10-2009, 11:11 AM
No doubt,who needs more snide comments in their life.

Ooh! Me me! I love snide comments....

Ukuleleblues
01-10-2009, 02:40 PM
Where can I get the Unicorn stickers at?

deach
01-10-2009, 03:38 PM
Where can I get the Unicorn stickers at?

UnicornUnderground.com

Plainsong
01-10-2009, 10:28 PM
DHL is notorious for wandering around aimlessly outside your door, and then leaving without so much as leaving a card. Obviously they don't even get out of the truck. Luckily not many businesses use DHL here anymore.

I'm sure you're love your uke when it gets there. Mike from ukulele24.de used such a Pono for his set, and he was great. :)


(What's with the post-holiday trolls that have found UU? :( )

Lanark
01-11-2009, 04:25 AM
I'm sure you're love your uke when it gets there. Mike from ukulele24.de used such a Pono for his set, and he was great. :)




To be honest, I've actually been a bit disappointed with this uke. It's beautiful to look at, but kind of flat & dead. It's like it just doesn't vibrate through the whole uke like my other sopranos. It's much heavier too. No punch. No sustain. Just a sort of muffled plunk. (and that's after switching out the Ko'olau golds which made it sound like I was playing under a pillow)

Amplified it's better, but overall rather a dud.

Plainsong
01-11-2009, 07:52 AM
He did use it as his beater uke... And from my experience (limited) Ponos aren't that loud. Maybe MGM will take a return or you could sell it on.

Lanark
01-11-2009, 08:20 AM
Yeah, not quite ready to give up on it completely. I think it is going to need some Aquilas to give it a teeny bit of ooomph. I'm going to give that a shot and then see where I'm at.

I figure that even such as it is, it is still solid koa and discontinued. I can hold on to it for a while. There will (hopefully) be times when it will come in handy to have the pickup available. But it probably won't be getting as much play time as some of the others. It did surprise me though. I was expecting better from Ko'olau and for the money.

It did however make me appreciate my Kelii more. That thing's got a loud bright bark on it like a hyperactive lap dog. It's a lot of sound for the price.

Captain Google
01-11-2009, 08:30 AM
Oh man that would have burned me up!!:mad:

I would have just laughed. ;)

LonnaB
01-12-2009, 09:17 AM
Am I the only one who knows the UPS man's schedule and knows exactly when to start looking out the window? The brown truck rumbles down my street nearly everyday around 5:30 pm.

My guy knows that when he's bringing a uke shaped box I'm gonna open the door with a big grin and nearly meet him at the truck.

I have a special relationship with the UPS guy, though. Back in December, I was calling him Santa Claus! (online shopping rules!)

I'm glad my guy doesn't need a helmet!