As time went by, I found myself growing more and more excited about the eminent arrival of my Nook. Anticipation really can sweeten things. I was positively salivating at the thought of my Nook's arrival. Imagine my pleasure and surprise when an email showed up telling me that they were shipping it EARLY! Yup! They were sending it out on January 22nd. YeeeeeeHaw!
And that sucker was making it's way toward me faster than I could update the tracking site.
-The shipping company received the billing info at 3:17pm on 1/22/09
-ONE MINUTE LATER it arrived at their location. (I'm guessing this means that a.} somebody entered a keystroke on the computer and 'removed' it from inventory or b.} they have some poor schmo chained to each shelf and whenever they 'process' an order he gets a shock from a cattle prod and drops one item from his shelf onto the conveyor belt. Modernization takes many forms.)
-24 hours and 41 minutes later, my Nook was 'processed' at their facility. (OK, maybe this is when the cattle prods came into play.)
-Another 20 hours and 8 minutes later my Nook departs their facility...from less than 50 miles from my front door.
-8 hours and 51 minutes later, it's getting closer to me. It's a mere 19 miles from it's new home.
-9 hours and 47 minutes later, it's been handed off to the U.S. Postal Service. It's now, presumably, at the Main Post Office in Brooklyn for sorting to my local Post Office. (So what if there's one more step before it gets put on a truck headed to me; it's less than one mile away.)
You'll note that the private shipping company has taken three days to get my Nook to within a mile of me and they've made progress every day!
But now it was in the hands of the U.S. Postal Service. Argix put up a helpful link to the USPS website so I could continue to track my Nook's travels.
It's now exactly 4 full days since Argix gave my Nook to the USPS.
The USPS hates me.
Update: My Nook arrived at 12:57 p.m. WooooHooo!
Note: This means that the private shipping company moved my Nook toward me at the blazing speed of 0.843 miles per hour while the USPS moved 74.63 hours per mile.
But I GOT MY NOOK!