Daily Archives: November 27, 2017

First Of The 3 Christmas Trees For 2017: In Place, And Lit & It Is Still November.

by Anura Guruge

This is Teischan’s own private Christmas tree — an innovation from last year. So now at Christmas we have 3 trees in the house, 2 REAL ones, at least 6′ and this in her room.

Now that she has all the outside lights hung and lit she wanted HER tree. Seems fair enough. So, I got it out for her yesterday (i.e., Sunday) after we got back from the “Sawyers Open House“. I went down a few minutes ago and it was assembled and lit. Had to take a picture.

She has already started about getting the other 2 trees. It used to be 2-weeks BEFORE Christmas — when ‘they’ were little. Not anymore. We will probably get them next weekend.

Christmas is here and it is BUT Cyber Monday.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a6500) + 6 Also-Rans — November 27, 2017.

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“Victoria” Season 2 Will Start On PBS “Masterpiece” On January 14, 2018.

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Victoria” on PBSMasterpiece“, earlier this year, was very engaging, educational and easy on the eye. We watched every episode, greedily. Did NOT realize, until we suddenly saw a trailer for it on PBS today, that there was a Season 2. We are delighted. Can’t wait. It should be good.

So, this is a heads up.

They are going to rerun Season 1 starting December 17, 2017.

Here is the PBS Homepage for this delightful show.

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REUSING Amazon Packaging Rather Than Recycling The Boxes — A PROPOSAL.

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Recycling boxes, i.e., cardboard, though better than just throwing it away, is extremely inefficient and costly in terms of energy.

The boxes are RE-PULPED then reconstituted again as paper or cardboard. That is wasteful.

It would so much better just to reuse the boxes as many of us do …

We also reuse boxes when we do returns.

So, why can’t we have a scheme where we can RETURN Amazon boxes to a Post Office.

USPS can send them back to an Amazon Fulfillment Center. In many cases they will be sending trucks to Amazon EMPTY — to pick up new loads of deliveries. So, this will make those trips more productive.

I cannot see why Amazon and USPS could NOT be able to get this to work. Yes, there will be some initial costs but Amazon will quickly be in the BLACK. Boxes are expensive, even for Amazon.

It is possible that there might be some Amazon customers who are squeamish about having things delivered in USED boxes, though to be fair you never know where a box has been. I have got plenty of Amazon boxes with cuts, tears and stains.

Yes, maybe Amazon could irradiate the returned boxes to appease all.

And, then there is another option. It can be part of your SHIPPING PREFERENCES. Amazon could give you a small DISCOUNT for checking an option saying “Will Accept Reused Boxes”.

I am sure consumer will buy into this. We take the cardboard to be recycled. So, taking it to a post office will not be that different.

I really would like Amazon to think about this.

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