After claiming to have attempted delivery to our house twice — claims invalidated our front door camera — things were looking up. Yesterday, I got a call at 12:29 (as recorded on my phone’s call log) that I would receive my delivery from UPS that day. And miracle of miracles, the UPS truck showed up yesterday afternoon at 4:55!

I know the time the truck arrived, because the front door cam caught the truck and the porch cam captured me recording the truck’s arrival for posterity:

The driver parked the truck, got out of his seat, and stepped into the back. I could hear shuffling and rumbling as he searched for the delivery. This continued for three minutes.

And then he emerged from the back and said, “Sorry, sir, it’s not on this truck. It might be on another truck passing through later today.”

No other truck passed through later that day.

Hey, UPS — you’re not very good at this, are you?

In case you missed them, here’s part one and part two.

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Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorIf you’re in Seminole Heights and if you’re in a situation where you might not be able to afford pet food, Health Mutt on the corner of Central and Hanna has set up a community pet pantry. It works on the honor system — take what you need, leave what you can.

Health Mutt is an actual corner store in the middle of a residential neighborhood, which is increasingly rare in this age of strip malls and mega-shopping complexes. They’re one of the go-to places in the community, and I hope they

It’s on one of my bike exercise routes, and even though we don’t have pets (I’m allergic to cats and Anitra’s allergic to dogs), I think I’ll pass by the nearby Publix, pick up a couple of cans of dog and cat food and drop them off there.

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For more, see this local news station’s report on Health Mutt’s community pet pantry.


Accordion comic of the day

by Joey deVilla on May 30, 2020

In case you’re wondering: Yes, I’ve taken the accordion out camping — and to Burning Man as well.

Thanks to Austin Ziegler for the find!


Your move, UPS (part 2)

by Joey deVilla on May 29, 2020

UPS says that they attempted a delivery at 9:06 p.m. this evening…

…and this is what my front door camera says:

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One of us is mistaken, and I have evidence.

Did you miss part 1? It’s here.


The “Monkeys in India stole the coronavirus blood samples” news story is just one more data point for Elon Musk’s pet theory that we’re living in a simulation. It’s my theory that whoever was running it got bored, walked off, and left the intern at the controls.


Pictured above is CNN reporter Oscar Jimenez, back on the job after being arrested without being given a reason by while covering the protests sparked by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. He and 2 other credentialed journalists in his crew, producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez, were taken into custody while on camera, which is the sort of thing that you’d expect to happen only in what Donald Trump would call “shithole countries”:

I’m going to get some “Well, actually…” responses for this observation, but it should be noted the one guy in the CNN crew with the white-bread name was not arrested:

CNN’s Josh Campbell, who also was in the area but not standing with the on-air crew, said he, too, was approached by police, but was allowed to remain.

“I identified myself … they said, ‘OK, you’re permitted to be in the area,'” recounted Campbell, who is white. “I was treated much differently than (Jimenez) was.”

Jimenez is black and Latino. Kirkos is white, and Mendez is Hispanic.

Jimenez and crew have since been released, and over the next little while, we need to ask — and keep asking — this important question: Why was this allowed to happen?


Your move, UPS

by Joey deVilla on May 29, 2020

I’ve been expecting a package from Amazon that UPS was supposed to deliver on Wednesday. It didn’t arrive on the appointed date, and when I checked the order status, the first lie appeared:

Wednesday, May 27 – 9:14 p.m.
Delivery attempted – Signature is required or unable to find secure location

Thursday, May 28 – 9:34 p.m.
Delivery attempted

For starters, we were home both evenings. It is, after all, still in the middle of a pandemic. Also, the house has a screened-in front porch with a door that does an excellent job of obscuring packages left at the front door:

And finally, we’ve got two Ring cameras that have the front porch in its field of view, and review of the footage shows that nobody — and especially not a UPS delivery person — showed up at our front door on either night:

A screenshot from my Ring app’s display of last night’s front door footage. No UPS delivery truck or person all evening. Tap the image to see it at full size.

Hence this tweet…

My tweet to UPS last night. Tap the image to see it at full size.

…which led to this reply:

I’ve DM’d them the details they ask for, and now it’s time to wait and see.