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I ordered a present for a friend recently from The Bay.  I had purchased a wedding present, chosen from their wedding registry.

Shortly afterwards, I got this almost-nice card in the mail.

My address on the envelope was written by hand, I think, but I didn’t save it so I can’t be sure.  The card inside I scanned in, because it came SO CLOSE to being a lovely touch from a big, impersonal company, and yet failed to be anything except a waste of paper.

Mary, or Gail, or whoever signed the card, says to contact her if I ever needed any help finding the right gift, or if I require any assistance at all. Which is a really nice offer, and I was even thinking of taking her up on it, which is why I looked at the card so closely.  Only problem is—there’s NO CONTACT INFORMATION.  No phone number, no email, no address, nothing.

This card is clearly mass printed, and probably in use by more than a few gift consultants employed by the Bay.  I hope the others think to write in their phone numbers. 😊


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“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

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“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

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