A Tale of Three Packages

My old trusty Sony handicam died suddenly last week. So we went out to Best Buy and replaced it with a Canon. I am loving the new camera, although learning to handle it’s extensive function through its 288 page PDF manual is a little daunting.

The one way the new purchase set me back, besides money, is that the new camera came with one battery and no external charger. I had picked up an extra battery and external charger for my Sony. So I went online to order an extra battery and external changer for the Canon. By the time I got done, with a multitude of options, I had ordered two extra batteries, and one external charger, same Amazon retailer, separate packages.

On Wednesday morning, I saw an email that my package was going to come between 3:15 and 7:15 that night. Less than an hour later, around 11 am, my daughter brought in the mail with a big padded vanilla envelope. It had the external charger. I thought, “Wow, that is early for when they predicted!”

Why the legal or larger  size envelope for the 1x1x2 inch charger, I do not know. I unpacked the charger, and took the battery that came with the camera to confirm that it fit. It locked in beautifully. Getting it off was rather interesting. It does that fine, now.

Around 2 o’clock, another package arrived, about 4x8x2, and I thought, “Ah, this is the package for the batteries!” But it was from Target, for Elizabeth, and when she opened it up, it was a free gift of a speciality shaving razor.

Around 6 p.m. a third package arrived. We heard the knock-thump of the UPS man dropping the package on the front step. About 12x6x8 inches. It had those huge bags of air in it, and a heavy plastic bag wrapping up the two batteries, shoved against one edge of the box. The air bags were obviously not meant to cushion the batteries, just meant to keep them from moving in the box. It was a lot of box for very little battery.

Thus was our little episode, and the tale of the three package day.

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