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wow. Yesterday I requested help pushing this month’s Amazon totals to 320 shipped items — a plateau I’ve barely even seen off in the distance in previous months. To make it, 53 more items would need to be shipped via my Amazon links before Friday.

wow. This morning — 92 new items ordered. This morning — 72 new items shipped or instantly delivered.

You did it. You can stop now.

Or not. πŸ™‚

wow. And you didn’t just do this with cheap trinkets and $.99 Kindle books, though that’s all it would have taken to get the needed numbers. You did it with the usual variety of purchases … and maybe more than usual. I can tell you, some people are gettin’ some pretty cool stuff for Christmas.

I must admit, though, that I was charmed that somebody actually did buy 10 boxes of the cheap pens I linked to (hope they work for you for years to come). And somebody, presumably not the buyer of the pens, though I will never know, got a Kindle book called “1000 Years of Annoying the French.”

Must put that on my reading list, for sure.


  1. Pat
    Pat November 27, 2012 8:14 am

    β€œ1000 Years of Annoying the French.”

    Must be the English…

  2. Claire
    Claire November 27, 2012 8:16 am

    Yep. It’s about relations between the English and the French since 1066. That’s an interesting topic, anyhow. But that title makes it even better.

  3. Pat
    Pat November 27, 2012 8:19 am

    Yeah, I just looked it up. It does sound interesting.

    Now I’d like to read one on “1000 Years of Annoying the Scots”…

  4. Pat
    Pat November 27, 2012 8:23 am

    And I should have said “…The Scots/Irish/Picts.”

  5. Claire
    Claire November 27, 2012 8:27 am

    How ’bout 1000 Years of Annoying the Brits? The Irish have done that pretty well … though of course the Brits did a lot more than “annoy” in response.

  6. Samuel Adams
    Samuel Adams November 27, 2012 9:37 am

    It’s not like annoying any of that lot is all that hard.

  7. Claire
    Claire November 27, 2012 9:55 am

    “It’s not like annoying any of that lot is all that hard.”

    Hm. Too true.

    In fact, if you’re talking about governments, those seem very easy to annoy, no matter where or who they are. That gives me an idea for another book: “Americans: Annoying the Federal Government since 1794.”

  8. LarryA
    LarryA November 27, 2012 10:05 am

    They’re all noobs compared to the Isaac/Ishmael feud.

  9. Claire
    Claire November 27, 2012 10:11 am

    Uh, yeah. The Isaac/Ishmael feud. I usually try to stay far away from that one (and wish Uncle Sam would, too). But did you see this absolutely brilliant Nina Paley take on that — and its predecessors?

    (For youngsters, the song is the theme from “Exodus,” about the re-settlement of Israel after WWII.)

  10. Karen
    Karen November 27, 2012 1:16 pm

    Damn! I didn’t get my order in in time! Good good you people! Is there a next plateau?

  11. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 27, 2012 1:33 pm

    Even more fun would be “1000 years: cats annoying the human race.”

  12. Claire
    Claire November 27, 2012 2:08 pm

    Karen — thanks for the thought, but the next plateau is so high I can’t even see it from here. I think it would require another 300 shipped items by the end of this week. (They start the plateaus out really small, so even a few dozen items can take you to the next level. But once you get up there, they make you push harder. I’m happy to have made it this far, thanks to you guys.)

  13. jed
    jed November 27, 2012 4:50 pm

    Wow, that’s a great video. It’s hard to imagine, sadly, how it will ever be any different in that region.

    ML, might we turn that title around? πŸ™‚

  14. Joel
    Joel November 27, 2012 8:52 pm

    “Humans annoying the cat race?”

  15. just waiting
    just waiting November 28, 2012 7:10 am


    Or the converse “Government: Annoying Freedom Loving Americans since 1794”

    To keep the bookbinder from breaking his back with 1 massive volume, it could be broken down into sections: Part I- 1794-1800, Part II-1800-1810, etc. While it would be an editorial nighmare, deciding what stays and what goes, a decade worth of gov annoyance should fit into 200 pgs or less. Obviously some decades (like the 1960s) would exceed that guideline.

  16. Ladytiger
    Ladytiger November 28, 2012 8:54 am

    Claire, Congratulations on reaching your goal. I just added one more with 3 earlier. Have not sent comments before, but had to say I love your colum and Merry Christmas

  17. Ladytiger
    Ladytiger November 28, 2012 8:56 am

    Merry Christmas to all

  18. furrydoc
    furrydoc November 28, 2012 9:20 am

    It helped me get off my rear and order the stuff I was planning on ordering anyway. There are just a few things you can’t get US made. I always try to shop at home first. Hope this makes your Christmas a little merrier, even if you don’t believe in Santa Clause.

  19. Claire
    Claire November 28, 2012 10:04 am

    Thank you Ladytiger! Hope to see you again in the comments.

    furrydoc — I’m definitely headed toward a Merry Christmas. Hope you are, too.

  20. Hanza
    Hanza November 28, 2012 10:22 am

    In keeping with “1000 years of annoying the French”. Common theme regarding the French military. French military rifles for sale. Never fired, dropped once.

  21. winston
    winston November 29, 2012 10:39 pm

    I think I may have gotten a little carried away buying stuff for my new paperwhite, hope it helped!

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