|THE socks! *Before they became MISSING- of course.|
|I went to the Innsbruck Christmas Market in December... found these great 'boot' 100% alpaca wool socks for sale. They were just like the ones that I had found in Germany. They were actually from a German company. When I first moved to Germany in 2008- I had found socks just like this and I had sent some to a friend to wear when he went 'hunting.' I sent him an email and asked him if he wanted me to buy some for him. He did. He told me that he's still wearing the pair that I had sent him 5 years ago.|
I told him how much that they'd cost (way more than they used to be-- but, then again they were being sold at a Christmas Market and the people at the Christmas Market had to pay for their food/hotel/etc. for at least a month. I'm sure that that adds to the price increase-- plus, many things have gone up in price in the past 5 years?
So, I bought them... told him how much they cost again and waited for him to send me the money. Two and then three weeks went by 'no money in the mail'. I emailed him a reminder letting him know that the 'socks' were getting spider webs and dust bunnies on them waiting for the money to arrive so that I could mail them. Then, another 2 weeks go by... no money. I sent another reminder. He asked for my mailing address again- because the envelope that he'd sent me had been returned to his post-office box and he thought that he'd written something down wrong. I emailed my address back to him again.
Same thing... more weeks go by... he got the envelope 'back in his post-office box' again... THIS TIME, he knew that he had copied my mailing address EXACTLY as I had given it to him- so, the took the envelope to the post-office counter. THEY TOLD HIM THAT THE MAILING ADDRESS (mine) WAS NOT A VALID MAILING ADDRESS. Sigh... He told them that it INDEED was a valid mailing address... (the APO AE part of my address threw them off). He re-sent the letter to me again.
I got the letter late last week.
On Sunday night, I picked up the package of socks (2 per package) to find a box to put them in so that I could mail this package and 2 others at one time on Monday. I also got out 3 'custom forms' so that everything could be filled out-- ready to go. I wrapped/packed up the first 2 boxes then grabbed the 'box' to mail the socks and discovered that...
THE SOCKS ARE MISSING! MISSING! MISSING!!
How could this be? I hadn't moved them in over 2 months-- I finally am ready to mail them... picked up the socks so that I could package them up and they are now missing. I have looked EVERYWHERE and they are not to be found! I have looked in all the usual places and the unexpected places. NO SOCKS! NONE. I guess that they liked living in my house and were afraid of the long distance travel? So, I will look for them in great detail this weekend.