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On November 21st an item of mine sold at auction on eBay. It was a piece of music equipment. I sold it for $245 + $15 in shipping, for a total of $260. The buyer PayPal’ed me the money right away. I was not able to go out on Friday (11/22) to ship the item, so I went on Sat/ (11/23) to a Post Office that is open till 9pm on saturdays to mail the item. I purchased insurance and tracking for the item. It was scanned in at the post office at 6:34pm. The next, and last scan ever, was 26 minutes later @ 7pm. The image below is how the tracking info looks on at the time of this writing on the evening of Dec. 26th:


Nov. 30th rolled around adn the package was not delivered. I contacted the seller and we figured we’d wait a day or two and see if the tracking got updated and if the package got delivered. By Dec.4th the package was not delivered and the tracking information was updated. I was not able to run to the post office on the 5th, so I went on Dec. 6th to my local post office (not the one I mailed it from). I spoke with the manager there and explained everything. He looked it up, couldn’t find out any more information than I could, and decided to email the Duluth, Ga. main sorting facility the details to see if they could find the package or come up with some information. He told me that they would get back to him by either calling or emailing him, and he would get back to me right away. He took my phone number. I never got a call back that day, or the next (saturday).

On Monday (the 9th) I went back. He said that he had heard nothing, emailed them again. He also gave me the number for Consumer Affairs and recommended that I open a Research Case to find out where the package went. So, right there in the parking lot of the post office on Monday I called the office of Consumer Affairs and opened a research case. After a 30-40 minute hold to talk to someone, I was finally able to open a research case. I was told that in 1-3 business days (by Dec 12th) I would get a call back with the results.

On the afternoon of Dec. 12 I had not yet received a call back, so I called the Consumer Affairs 1-800 office # to see what was going on. After almost an hour on hold I finally got someone on the phone. They told me that the research case worker, Terry Standridge, had tried to get in touch with me, but my phone number was not working, so he sent me a card so that I could call him back. They read my phone number to me, and they had the last 2 digits switched. This is after the person taking my number read it back to me! So I had that corrected. They told me that the case worker would get back to me either later that afternoon, or the next day (Friday Dec. 13th).

On Friday, Dec. 13th I never got a call back. I tried calling the local (770) number for the case worker and I believe it forwarded me to the 1-800 number.

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May 27, 2010 – Its been over a month since I have posted.  No I have not forgotten or given up.  The past month has been extremely busy, and not in the way I want it to be either.  I’ll probably start posting some new stuff to the site again in about a week once everything passes.  Stay tuned!

I haven’t posted anything in a few days.  I haven’t forgotten or given up on this.  Au contraire, my brother!  I have a backlog of posts.  But every time I get ready to post one of them I read something interesting that pertains to that post and I have to go in and add that new info to the post, etc.  At some point I have to draw a line, I know.  I’ll put some other stuff up here in the meantime that is more specifically music-related and geared towards the musicians, but I’ll come back to the theories and principles of practice stuff again.  I also may be starting a series of blog posts for’s blog.  It will be guitar oriented and would compliment what I’m doing here.  I haven’t decided 100% for sure if I want to do it or not.  They want me to post about once a week.  Between this and my other projects I wonder if I can keep that up.  And I’m worried after a few months I’ll run out of things to say (really!).  But then again, therein may lay the challenge.


In the meantime, I got a piece of mail yesterday for Infiniti (the car company).  The cover is a close up of two hands playing a piano, and this is the quote on the page:


“Mastery is achieved through dedication and discipline”