It is the nearly the end of January and I have had one the best January ever. I seem to be, as my Boss would say, cooking on gas.
Having started the year on 10 Nights, I have managed to recoup the time lost and on with some amazing stuff, all rounded of this weekend with ‘Steam Gala’ at Loughborough with the incredible mixture of sun and steam, heady. There are two possibilities of jobs that would mean that I can live my partner, and there is another job in the pipeline outside of Swindon I have also got into my new hobby of collecting Railway themed Postcard and got some great Postcards off Ebay of the great ’50s trains such as the 20th Century Limited and the Hiawatha, the last train was a prize – well it was until the card arrived and I found it to be reproduction from Zazzazle. To cut a long story short it was returned, and with all guns blazing I asked my money back. I knew what was happening, someone had the card and was just reprinting it endlessly and making a lot of money doing it.
Yesterday I had to email the seller again and ask for the money, I was in my rights, only ‘within in rights’ is what is the matter with this world, and I had just contributed to the problem. I received this email back
Hi – I don’t know how the paypal got mixed up. I think I sent it through the normal channels. I refunded $28.00 to include shipping both ways. I didn’t notice the 3rd card until later and sent $2.00 more. I hope this is satisfactory. I am not really a dealer, just a retired stamp collector selling off items from my collections and other items I have accumulated. My children and grandchildren are not interested so I am selling the lot. Unfortunately, I know a lot more about stamps than I do about postcards. I am very sorry for the problem. I try hard to describe the items correctly. Jack
It was the last line had me nearly in tears, someone had spent a lifetime collecting Postcards and Stamps and now was selling them, no-one was interested, they were just so much waste paper. When I get information like the email above my empathy genes kick in big time. I don’t know why this guy was selling his collection,was it to raise some cash to pay for food, was he dying and wanted his collection to go to a good home, what was this guy thinking has he posted each lot to a different bidder? I felt bad, I had assumed that I knew this person, and proved only that I am more cynical than I should be and it is people like me that cause so much unpleasantness in the world we live in.
As daft as it seems I want to give this guy a hug, and also I look around at my collection and wonder what will happen to that, will it be just thrown out as so much rubbish?
So far this year in Swindon alone 2,000 jobs have been lost, and I have to care about this. I know it is easier not to bother and not to notice, but that is because of out fear that we might be one of those, but we need courage and compassion to acknowledge what is happening around us, to be involved, to be change we desperately need to see; so a belated New Years resolution is not to get caught up in the rat race, to try to understand people more, and try to be a lot less judgemental. Whilst I’m alright Jack, Jack isn’t and I need to do something about that.
If you are wondering I gave him the money back for the postage, it was not fair that he should pay postage both ways, and it was the least I could do.