WWC: Naughty & Nice

The words for today's Weekly Word Challenge are Naughty & Nice. Goes well with the season don't you think?

I am going to start with NICE:

This is a plexi ball of Christmas lights that my friend hangs in her entrance during the hols. I think it is very NICE.

She also has rope lights in red & green which are NICE, but the green string didn't photo as NICEly as the red.

These are the blanket lights she has in the back yard on her blue spruce and they look very NICE too.

This is my Christmas tree this year. It is NICE and simple. The shot however was a bit off, so I blurred it some more and played with the colours.

This turned out much more NICEly and is an accurate colour representation.

Now for NAUGHTY.

I ordered a photo book from London Drugs (big drug chain here in western Canada that sells everything along with drugs) on Nov 18th with several of the photos I have taken since I got my new camera. You can order this on-line and it is supposed to arrive in two weeks. On Dec 02, I asked at the store where it was and the young girl at the counter actually took the time to find my order at the developing store and explained that they had a delay in receiving supplies but that it would be printed next and I should have it at the beginning of next week. When I went in on Dec 16th to ask, the girl at the desk called the other store and was given a song & dance routine to pass on to me "we can't find your order without your confirmation number" - funny, the last girl had no problem and they don't send conf #'s until the order is finished. But, she was more than willing to let me handle the problem myself and give me the phone number to the store that does the developing....I told her no, I will speak to a manager now! and I remained very calm and the manager assured me she would find out the problem and call me tomorrow. Which she did....the manager at the lab had told her it was done, but appears to have vanished into the ether, so he would print another and it would be to their store by Friday. I got a phone call on Thursday....They will ship it out on Friday, but it won't be at our store until Monday, or I could go and pick it up at the other store. Today.......yet another manager.....well, no they are not in fact printed in the city, they are printed in B.C. (our west coast province) and it is going to be shipped tomorrow morning and will arrive on Wednesday. CHRISTMAS FUCKING EVE! Sorry, for yelling, but that is how I feel.

So, in one sense of the word NAUGHTY, I have nothing - quite literally.

In another interpretation, I was very NAUGHTY to tell them it had to be shipped out of the city as a gift. It is staying right here, it is still a gift though.

They are very NAUGHTY not to have let me know there was a delay in the first place and in not keeping better track of what is going on. Although, I think I will get a NICE discount on the price for all the hassle.

Well, that is that. The WWC is hosted by Tink over at Pickled Beef, drop over and she will give you the scoop on how to join us in our adventures.

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Festivus, Kwanzaa, Solstice or whatever your winter celebration, may you filled with peace and contentment.

P.S. May that be the last time I am sappy this year ;)


kcinnova said...

You did very well, and since you are the first WWC I've read today, you set the bar for the rest of us (at least, the ones I manage to read). Isn't that comforting?

I hope you don't have to work too hard to get that discount. At the rate they are going, the person in charge when you get your order won't have the entire hassle on file! (I know, bite my tongue now!!)

Leah J. Utas said...

Excellent work. The top one looks like a Christmas pizza.
The blanket of lights is clearly an angel.

And good for you for your handling of the naughty London Drugs people. No one wants a displeased customer, especially in an economic downturn. Advantage you.

the Bag Lady said...

Into everyones' life, some grief must fall.
Here's hoping your album arrives before Xmas eve.
And that it's discounted nicely!

Reb said...

Kcinnova, thanks! They have already told me 30% and the manager himself is supposed to be the one to call me. We'll see.

Leah, yes, pizza and angels - that's what Christmas is all about ;) Thanks, lets just hope I can maintain the calm.

Sis, yes, but I thought it was my turn for the grief to be over ;) There was mention of 30% so we'll see.

Tink said...

Great pictures of the lights! I can never get them to come out right. Your customer service story just reminds me of how thoughtless most people are nowadays. I got into everything expecting to be treated like crap. So sad.

g-man said...

NIce shots!!! I like shooting the lights too.

Bummer on your photos book though. I hope that they don't fail you once again.

Aunt Jackie said...

Great job! I think all the photos are nice. I love lights and decorations. Unfortunately, I didn't get to do any this year. Have been so busy and unmotivated. :(

Oh well.

Stay Naughty You!!!


Merry Christmas from AJ and family.

Reb said...

Thanks Tink, I got a bunch that didn't turn out so well too though. I have worked retail and am appalled that she would suggest I figure it out myself.

G-man, thanks. We are going to go around one evening after Boxing Day to look at lights and take photos. I hope they get it here on time and correct.

Thanks AJ! I know about unmotivated, that silly tree is all I have up at my place.

Jay said...

Great pics of the Christmas lights. It's really difficult to get pics of lights to come out good.

I probably would have used some very NAUGHTY words with that customer service moron. ;-)

Reb said...

Thanks Jay. I had to work rather hard at not tearing them a new orifice. I figure that it is their job to discipline the person whose job it was to get it done.

Dawn said...

Great shots of the lights. I haven't perfected taking lights yet.

And admirable self-restraint with such bad customer service.

carla said...

ok I thought it was just me until i read leahs comment!!

this jew DID initially think it was a pizza :)

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Merry Christmas Reb. You are always nice.


Dianne said...

Happy Merry Everything Reb!

Wonderful light photos, love your tree - it's like modern art.

Hilary said...

Ack that's frustrating. I'm not very good in those situations. While I might say the right words, I'm told my face and body language give me away and add fuel to fires. I hope it works out for you. Great shots of the lights. That's hard to do.

Happy Christmas to you.. may your holidays be wonderful and stress-free.

Reb said...

Dawn, thanks, I think they might have been flukes though.

Carla, it does look a bit flat and pizza like.

Thanks Terrie, it takes some effort to be nice sometimes.

Thanks Dianne. I think that is why I like it.

Hilary, thanks. My face gives me away too and even though I am being polite and using the right words, my tone of voice sometimes says something entirely different.