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  • barend27
    Surely a message to be preserved and shared with others. :-) //Barend
    Message 1 of 10 , Jun 1, 2010
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      Surely a message to be preserved and shared with others. :-)

      //Barend

      --- In Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com, Brooks Wright <bwright847@...> wrote:
      >
      > While deleting old messages I came across this one from Carter. I'm impressed with his prose. This is good enough to submit to a literary magazine in the flash fiction category.
      >  
      > Brooks
      >
      > --- On Fri, 5/14/10, Carter Brey <carter.brey@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > From: Carter Brey <carter.brey@...>
      > Subject: Re: [SabreSailboat] Re: Blue Water Hardware
      > To: Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Friday, May 14, 2010, 6:36 AM
      >
      >
      >  
      >
      >
      >
      > Oh, my God. No, it is not resolved. But it's taking on a life of its
      > own, and in a perverse way it's actually funny.
      >
      > Scott Buchanan, the proprietor or contact man there, told me at the time I
      > placed my initial order that he had a 3" sheet stainless steel round
      > cowl vent with red interior "ready to ship out tomorrow".
      >
      > Two weeks later I posted my original message to this group.
      >
      > A few days later I received an email from Scott, telling me that my
      > order was shipping out 3-day air UPS the next day. He apologized for the
      > delay and said that he did not know what had caused the delay.
      >
      > Three days later a parcel arrived at my home. I gleefully fell on it,
      > telling my wife that it contained something quite nice for the boat. On
      > opening it I found three deck plates and three deck plate keys. No cowl
      > vent. The enclosed invoice was correct: one 3" cowl vent, round, sheet
      > stainless, red interior, plus one deck plate.
      >
      > Phone calls, emails. Days passed. The Earth rotated on its axis. I aged,
      > imperceptibly.
      >
      > One afternoon, I actually received an email from Scott, in which he
      > asked me what was on the invoice. I picked up the phone immediately and
      > called him. To my utter amazement, he answered the phone. He's a nice
      > fellow, was very apologetic, and explained that he's not often there
      > because he works two jobs. How can you get mad at someone like that? His
      > guess was that someone at the post office had screwed up and that my
      > order had gone to Morris Yachts in Maine (to which he referred as "your
      > area"-- meaning the entire Northeastern United States of America, I
      > guess). The corollary assumption was that I had received Morris Yachts'
      > deck plates. He asked me to forward them, which I did in one of my many
      > idle nanoseconds, using a shipping address and UPS account number which
      > he gave me.
      >
      > After a couple of days I called Morris (since after all they're right
      > around the corner) and explained the entire scenario to the extremely
      > nice young woman named Molly who answers their phone. I also sent an
      > email to them. Once my package to them had arrived yesterday I received
      > a call from their shipping and receiving person, who gave me the bad
      > news that no, they had never received my cowl vent, and that the three
      > deck plates which I had sent them had actually already been received
      > from Bluewater. He then paused and said, "How long have you been
      > waiting?" I replied a month. He then said, darkly and not at all
      > good-humouredly, that they had been waiting for some cowl vents for four
      > or five months.
      >
      > Another phone message and another email to Scott. But my pleadings
      > wither and die in microscopic whimperings of electrons, forever to
      > remain unanswered.
      >
      > The Earth turns to meet the Sun. Somewhere in dark caves, wines quietly
      > develop tannins. Grass grows on front lawns. Tides heave and withdraw.
      > Mountain ranges rise and are worn down by patient rains. My children
      > grow taller. And my Nicro PVC cowl vent remains in place on Delphine's
      > dorade box, its black accumulata of dirt and aviation exhaust a silent
      > mockery of my quixotic attempts to recover my stainless steel cowl vent,
      > three inches, round, red interior. and matching deck plate.
      >
      > Carter Brey
      > S28 MkII Delphine
      > City Island, NY
      >
      > On Fri, 2010-05-14 at 05:33 +0000, SidW wrote:
      > >
      > > Hey Carter:
      > >
      > > Did you ever get this order resolved? It looks like they have some
      > > interesting stuff.
      > >
      > > Sid
      > >
      > > --- In Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com, Carter Brey <carter.brey@>
      > > wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Folks,
      > > >
      > > > Have any of you interacted within the past two weeks with this firm?
      > > I
      > > > ordered a 3" cast stainless steel cowl vent from them on April 14. I
      > > > received both a voice message and an email from Scott Buchan there,
      > > > advising me that the cast vents were backordered by two weeks but
      > > that
      > > > he would be happy to send out a sheet stainless cowl vent (more
      > > > expensive) for the same money, immediately. I said sure. My credit
      > > > card was charged and I received an acknowledgment (which of course I
      > > > cannot now find).
      > > >
      > > > This was over two weeks ago. Nothing has arrived and they do not
      > > > answer emails or (politely phrased) phone messages.
      > > >
      > > > Of course anything may have happened-- a death in the family or even
      > > > that of my interlocutor there-- but is there something going on
      > > there
      > > > that I should know about?
      > > >
      > > > Thanks,
      > > > Carter
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
      > --
      > Carter Brey <carter.brey@...>
      >
    • Jim Starkey
      My copy was bronzed and is hanging in the lobby... ... -- Jim Starkey Founder, NimbusDB, Inc. 978 526-1376 My copy was bronzed and is hanging in the lobby...
      Message 2 of 10 , Jun 1, 2010
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        My copy was bronzed and is hanging in the lobby...

        barend27 wrote:
        Surely a message to be preserved and shared with others.  :-)
        
        //Barend
        
        --- In Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com, Brooks Wright <bwright847@...> wrote:
          
        While deleting old messages I came across this one from Carter. I'm impressed with his prose. This is good enough to submit to a literary magazine in the flash fiction category. 
         
        Brooks
        
        --- On Fri, 5/14/10, Carter Brey <carter.brey@...> wrote:
        
        
        From: Carter Brey <carter.brey@...>
        Subject: Re: [SabreSailboat] Re: Blue Water Hardware
        To: Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Friday, May 14, 2010, 6:36 AM
        
        
          
        
        
        
        Oh, my God. No, it is not resolved. But it's taking on a life of its
        own, and in a perverse way it's actually funny. 
        
        Scott Buchanan, the proprietor or contact man there, told me at the time I
        placed my initial order that he had a 3" sheet stainless steel round
        cowl vent with red interior "ready to ship out tomorrow".
        
        Two weeks later I posted my original message to this group.
        
        A few days later I received an email from Scott, telling me that my
        order was shipping out 3-day air UPS the next day. He apologized for the
        delay and said that he did not know what had caused the delay. 
        
        Three days later a parcel arrived at my home. I gleefully fell on it,
        telling my wife that it contained something quite nice for the boat. On
        opening it I found three deck plates and three deck plate keys. No cowl
        vent. The enclosed invoice was correct: one 3" cowl vent, round, sheet
        stainless, red interior, plus one deck plate.
        
        Phone calls, emails. Days passed. The Earth rotated on its axis. I aged,
        imperceptibly.
        
        One afternoon, I actually received an email from Scott, in which he
        asked me what was on the invoice. I picked up the phone immediately and
        called him. To my utter amazement, he answered the phone. He's a nice
        fellow, was very apologetic, and explained that he's not often there
        because he works two jobs. How can you get mad at someone like that? His
        guess was that someone at the post office had screwed up and that my
        order had gone to Morris Yachts in Maine (to which he referred as "your
        area"-- meaning the entire Northeastern United States of America, I
        guess). The corollary assumption was that I had received Morris Yachts'
        deck plates. He asked me to forward them, which I did in one of my many
        idle nanoseconds, using a shipping address and UPS account number which
        he gave me.
        
        After a couple of days I called Morris (since after all they're right
        around the corner) and explained the entire scenario to the extremely
        nice young woman named Molly who answers their phone. I also sent an
        email to them. Once my package to them had arrived yesterday I received
        a call from their shipping and receiving person, who gave me the bad
        news that no, they had never received my cowl vent, and that the three
        deck plates which I had sent them had actually already been received
        from Bluewater. He then paused and said, "How long have you been
        waiting?" I replied a month. He then said, darkly and not at all
        good-humouredly, that they had been waiting for some cowl vents for four
        or five months.
        
        Another phone message and another email to Scott. But my pleadings
        wither and die in microscopic whimperings of electrons, forever to
        remain unanswered.
        
        The Earth turns to meet the Sun. Somewhere in dark caves, wines quietly
        develop tannins. Grass grows on front lawns. Tides heave and withdraw.
        Mountain ranges rise and are worn down by patient rains. My children
        grow taller. And my Nicro PVC cowl vent remains in place on Delphine's
        dorade box, its black accumulata of dirt and aviation exhaust a silent
        mockery of my quixotic attempts to recover my stainless steel cowl vent,
        three inches, round, red interior. and matching deck plate.
        
        Carter Brey
        S28 MkII Delphine
        City Island, NY 
        
        On Fri, 2010-05-14 at 05:33 +0000, SidW wrote:
            
        Hey Carter:
        
        Did you ever get this order resolved? It looks like they have some
        interesting stuff.
        
        Sid
        
        --- In Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com, Carter Brey <carter.brey@>
        wrote:
              
        Folks,
        
        Have any of you interacted within the past two weeks with this firm?
                
        I
              
        ordered a 3" cast stainless steel cowl vent from them on April 14. I
        received both a voice message and an email from Scott Buchan there,
        advising me that the cast vents were backordered by two weeks but
                
        that
              
        he would be happy to send out a sheet stainless cowl vent (more
        expensive) for the same money, immediately. I said sure. My credit
        card was charged and I received an acknowledgment (which of course I
        cannot now find).
        
        This was over two weeks ago. Nothing has arrived and they do not
        answer emails or (politely phrased) phone messages.
        
        Of course anything may have happened-- a death in the family or even
        that of my interlocutor there-- but is there something going on
                
        there
              
        that I should know about?
        
        Thanks,
        Carter
        
                
        
        
        
              
        -- 
        Carter Brey <carter.brey@...>
        
            
        
        
        
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