Thursday, August 09, 2007

Goofin' Around

Found this little button today while blog surfing. For some reason, though, it doesn't want to play nice on my sidebar. But it's such a cute idea! More info on it here.

An alternate view:

The idea is briefly that instead of JOINING a Sock Yarn Club, you can go stash diving into your own collection and get all excited about the "new" yarn you've found.

I think this could easily be expanded to any type of yarn you might want. For instance, I have some yarns that have been kicking around since my last trip to Australia. In 1988. (Makes it sound as if I've been lots of times, doesn't it? Actually, twice. Both times in 1988. But that's a long story for another day. Ah, Sydney. North Richmond, Windsor, the Hawkesbury River, the Blue Mountains. Bowral. Stop me now before I go book a trip right now!) I have yarns that are older than that.

Moving on. Here's the latest on what I'm starting to think of as the Great Freezer Farce. Our local electrical utility has a refrigerator/freezer turn-in program which they advertise heavily. Of course, that's the PR arm of the company at work. The arm that's actually in charge of picking up the appliances? Not so good.

Consider this: I have an elderly upright freezer. It used to sit side by side in my garage with my old refrigerator, both being very handy when I had a horde of people needing to be fed three or more times a day. Go through 2 gallons of milk at a meal? Not a problem when there's a spare fridge! Need lots of ice cream to get through the summer? How about a place to store that turkey that was on sale? See, extra appliances are good when there is a need for them. Once the need dwindles, though, those appliances sit out there eating up perfectly good kilowatts, and don't get enough use to justify the expense.

So. I called. I made an appointment for a pickup. Monday, July 2. I will save you the litany but today was the 4th appointment I had made. Got a call this morning. Truck is broken down. No pickup. Rescheduled for next Tuesday. That's 6 weeks, folks, and the freezer is still there. We'll see if they make it the next time.

At this point, it's the principle of the thing. They say they want to pick it up, they tell me they will, so by golly I'm going to hold them to that. Even if I have to deliver the thing myself to their corporate headquarters. Hey, Electric Company, I know where you live!!


Sheepish Annie said...

You know my feelings with regard to the delivery people. I am saddened to know that the pick-up people have joined in this unholy alliance. This is why I have to buy sock yarn. I am too distressed and depressed to shop from my stash. (I've been working on that one for a while...good, huh?)

DPUTiger said...

Start calling the local media, then see how fast the fridge will get picked up!

Sounds like my cable saga. That wasn't fun either. Good luck!

marie said...

My folks went through something similar up here when they took our old fridge which was about 20 years newer than their old fridge. They finally showed up to pick up the fridge the day after they had left for 3 weeks, all in all it took 9 weeks to get that fridge out of the house, and they were on appointment #4. I do believe that truck broke down was one of the excuses.

Madge said...

The mystery! The drama! Are you taking bets as to when/if they ever do pick the thing up? Crossing fingers they really do show up next week!

Debbi said...

I love the idea behind that button. I probably have 50 pairs' worth of sock yarn stashed around here, and some of it is very old and long-forgotten.

And you can use sock yarn to make baby things! How handy is that, with a new granddaughter to knit for? Heh.

Annette said...

Oh no! How frustrating. Especially since you have to plan around the appointment to make sure you're home. Take a deep breath and knit through it! I'll cross my fingers that they show up next week.

jillian said...

6 weeks???? There must be appliances sitting out everywhere :) Fingers crossed for next week!