I have read over and over about how members of this list reach out and help
others, send surprises in the mail, etc. and I try to do the same thing when
Well, I was just the recipient of one such surprise.
I thought Ira's tradition offering of those white fluffy towels was really
neat. I need that type of towel in my coffee area, near my espresso
machine. I also thought my kids might enjoy using some of them as sewing
projects. I have 2 boys ages 9 and 8 and a little girl age 5. I didn't
win the tradition, but I did comment to Ira that I thought it was a really
nice offering. He replied that he could still send me some towels, but I
would have to pay something for shipping. I said that would be fine, I
could use his paypal. I had given Ira some feedback on his program,
BehmorThing, which I looked at while I was at work. I think that program is
great, I could really use it. I only have Macs at home. I actually have
an old PC, so very old, that even with installing .net and other things,
BehmorThing I could not get to install. I told Ira that if my company ever
got me a laptop to take home, I'd load BehmorThing on it, but until then, I
would do without.
He emailed me back and forth about what size towels I wanted and I decided
to get a mix of sizes.
So, he sends the package and says the shipping was more than he originally
thought, the box was heavier for some reason.
OK, he put in more towels than I thought, I thought. I do have a use for
all of them.
So, the package comes last Wednesday, and is sitting by the front door when
I get home with the kids and go in the side door. That night, as I was
going up to bed, I remember the box and bring it in the house, where it
sits, unopened. I'm a bit busy with kids activities, etc. and heck, it's
just a box of towels.
I think I opened the box Thur. night, just to look at the towels, I didn't
take any of them out, I just opened the box, looked inside at all the
packing materials, and let it sit in the corner. I look around the box in
hopes that there may be some roasted coffee or some greens hidden in there.
Nope, nothing but boxes and towels wrapped around boxes.
On Friday night, I needed to make a donation box for a fund raiser I was
going to, and I remembered seeing all those boxes in the box of towels, so I
took one, it was empty, it was the perfect size, I cut a hole in the top and
it's like a bank.
On Saturday, I was going to roast some coffee, and I was going to make
myself an espresso, when I remembered the towels! I took out one little
package of towels and looked at how the towels were packed. I shook and I
sniffed again to see if there were any beans in there, nope. I left most of
the towels and took only one out. I love the towels, perfect for my
On Sunday I went with my daughter down from Santa Rosa to San Jose to visit
my friend who was visiting from England, and a bunch of my old friends (I'm
from San Jose before moving to Santa Rosa). It's a 2 hour drive each way.
A nice pleasant drive through the hills, over the Golden Gate Bridge,
through San Francisco, then down a freeway through the hills. We actually
went to Santa Clara, and I was determined to go to Barefoot Coffee, which we
did, and it was great. They moved their roaster since the last time I was
there. Drove back to Santa Rosa that night.
Put all kids to bed, my husband was just leaving to go play hockey around
9:15 PM. I was just starting to cleanup the kitchen when I got this very
strange feeling.... like there has to be some coffee beans in that box of
towels. At least a note or something has to be in there. So, I start
unpacking a pack of the towels. Wrapped up inside of this bunch of towels
was a power cord.
I get this sinking feeling like it was accidentally placed into the box and
I would have to make a trip to the post office to return it, and that's
getting a little old - I never did tell the story of the 1000 piece coffee
mug I received, did I??? Ah, but that was another tradition.
Anyway, I'm lamenting having to go to the post office when I get this other
feeling. The towels that are wrapped around a box, like a spool, that box,
it can't be, but it seems to be the exact size of a laptop. I pick up the
towels, hmm, he couldn't have sent one could he??? The towels are really
heavy for just towels. Sure enough, I unwrap the towels around the box, and
there is a laptop computer.
I practically fainted! I couldn't believe it. My goodness, I'm still just
I ran up and sent an email to Ira apologizing for taking so long to find
it!! I let some packages sit around longer than that without opening them.
This group has always been so fantastic, I take away so much from
everyone's posts, and I am just so appreciative, and now this grand gift
from Ira. I just want to publicly thank Ira for sending me that computer, I
can now run BehmorThing, and I'm just so happy and so looking forward to
that, and I will say thank you to Ira again, and thank you to Tom, Maria,
and that gang, and everyone on this list. Truly unbelievable, wonderful,
Thank you Thank you!!!!
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