So before this post dissolves into another rant (and the rant is coming, kids. Just hold tight for a moment) one nice thing before I become Ranty Boy again. We had Jordan and Stephanie up for supper earlier the week, which was nice. A few schemes for Nunavut blogging domination were launched, but mostly it was supper (which wasn't too bad, if I do say so myself) and conversation. It was a nice evening.
I think we're going to try and do this kind of thing more often...having people over for supper. I have a friend in from Baker Lake who is going to be here for several weeks, if not months, so we'll have him here just so he can have a home cooked meal, rather than something from the Storehouse.
And at some point I really need to fire up the Wii or open up that Settlers of Catan that I bought earlier the year and have a few people over the play. We'll see how it goes.
Now, back to Ranty Boy. Because as I learned back in my university days, Ranty Boy has his fans. Apparently a good rant by me was normally worth the price of admission. Granted, I never charged anything, but still...
Back in June we put in our sea lift order. Nothing new about that, it's about the same time we do it each year. Our order isn't huge, probably around $3,000, but it does have stuff we need and don't want to be buying up here if we can help it at all. For the last few years we've done our sea lift through NorthMart. The big pro for them is they deliver your order right to your door. We live on the third floor of an apartment building, so I'm glad to have someone else drag a couple of dozen cases of pop up those stairs rather than me.
Plus, it also means our sea lift is not sitting on a beach. Our first year up here the wooden box containing our sea lift was broken into and half the contents spread out on the beach. The people were looking for booze. They caught them, but I never did hear anything back on if we wanted to press charges.
Anyway, so NorthMart seems like a good deal. The downside being if you get bored with what's on their shelves, well, your order is going to contain much of the same things.
However, as we're discovering, there's another downside. And that's NorthMart's inability to get us our damn stuff on time. Last year it was supposed to have been delivered to us in late August, but didn't get to us until late September. Annoying, but all right.
This year it was supposed to have been on the July 26th sailing. Give it 10 days for the boat to get here, two weeks for NorthMart to sort everything out and we should have received it by the end of August.
Except there was a delay in the boats, so the boat was sailing later. When we checked on our order in mid-August, we were told it would now likely be late September before we got it. Again, annoying, but that's the way things happen with ice sometimes. We were going to have to buy some things to tide us over until the lift arrived.
Cathy went and checked earlier this week to see when our order would be delivered. Ooops. Seems there was a problem and our order didn't make it on this boat. It's now on the October 17th sailing, which means it will now be the first week of November when we get it. Maybe.
Two months later. Here's the catch, by the way. Last year at least one boat didn't make it to Iqaluit because it was too late in the season and the ice closed in, making it impossible to off-load cargo. It really screwed up some construction projects up here, which were counting on it.
So yes, it's entirely possible that ship could run into ice and not off-load, meaning we won't get our sea lift. At all.
Now, that's insanely frustrating. And when Cathy was told that news she certainly reacted the way many would in that situation, which is not to be very happy about that news. As best I can figure, the store then gets a bit huffy because we're upset by this turn of events. Yes, they said we could get some stuff from our sea lift from their store to tide us over. I appreciate that.
However, the following things annoy me right now:
1. That something which was supposed to have been shipped on July 26 will now be shipped nearly three months later. That means it's sitting....somewhere during all of that time. I dread what kind of shape it's going to be in once it gets here.
2. The shrug-your-shoulders "Oh well, it's not our fault" mentality at the store. You know what, if you can't run a sea lift and have customers' items get here in a timely fashion, get out of the business. It's your job to make certain what we order gets here in on time.
3. The realization that when the products get here, odds are we're going to have more fights about damaged items or stuff that's expired.
Perhaps it's just the mood I'm in today...after four years of living here, you would think I'd have built up a certain immunity to the "Oh well, it's the north" attitude. However, you can reach a boiling point and I guess the handling of this year's sea lift is putting me over the top.
It's all but certain we won't deal with them next year, especially if we have a house. It's a nuisance to run to Ottawa and buy a bunch of stuff and have to get someone to pack and ship it for us. But clearly if you want something done right, NorthMart's sea lift isn't the way to go.
1. Go easy - Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
2. I guess that's why they call it the blues - Elton John
3. Deep red bells (live) - Neko Case*
4. Well worn hand - Editors
5. Leisure suite - Feist