Thursday, October 14, 2004

Brush with greatness

A Verl Cool Thing® happened to me the other day. I bought Bob Reselman's book Coding Slave from Amazon. Initially, I tried to order from his site, but it did not accept Discover, and I had recently left my debt card/life line in an ATM that was kind of to destroy my card when I got distracted and forgot to retrieve it. So I get to the select payment method and Discover is not an option, so I back out and order from Amazon. A few days later, I got an email from Bob Reselman. Here is our exchange in reverse chronological order.


Maybe you can spread the word?


-----Original Message-----
From: James Barnett [mailto:XXXXXXX@XXXXXX.XXX]
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2004 12:29 PM
To: Bob Reselman (Coding Slave)
Subject: Re: Your Coding Slave Order


I did not complete the transaction because
your site did not accept Discover Card.
I purchased Coding Slave via
I enjoyed it thoroughly. Great

James Barnett

--- "Bob Reselman (Coding Slave)"

> Hi James:
> I have an order here, in your name,
> dated 10/3/2004, for a copy of Coding
> Slave.
> Yet, I do not find an associated
> payment for the order in my bank's
> credit card report.
> Tell me please, do you have a
> transaction receipt?

> If so, will you please give me
> the transaction number so that
> I may give my bank a good
> talking to?
> Thanks,
> Bob


Pretty cool, eh? Well, it is for a dork like me. I also had quip in the chatroom during the last .NET Rocks live show that Rory Blyth felt was worth repeating on the air. That's pretty cool, too, except for the fact that there is now permanent evidence that I sometimes have nothing better to do than to listen to people talk about programming on a Friday night. Yes, I am living la vida loca, something something, color Mocha, yada yada, wanna choke her, etc., etc,...

I am doing the questions for the 2004 Semi-Annual One-Time-Only "Get Your Grubby Little Hands On a Copy of VS.NET 2003 Special Edition" Contest. The first one question was easy. The second was marginally tedious, but I feel like I should have been able to guess the answer after reading some of Rory's blog posts.


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