281: Online Package Tracking

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Online Package Tracking
I don't even *want* this package! Why did I join the stinging insect of the month club, anyway?
Title text: I don't even *want* this package! Why did I join the stinging insect of the month club, anyway?

[edit] Explanation

Randall notes that package tracking, as provided by many shipping companies like UPS and FedEx Express, is helpful as customers can see the status of their package delivery. However, Megan refreshes the package tracking page every few minutes in her impatience on the status of their package; it drives her crazy.

The headquarters of FedEx Express are located in Memphis and it also serves as its global "SuperHub" located at Memphis International Airport.

The title text refers to the various "x of the month clubs" (fruit, cheese, wine, etc.) that one might have signed up for only to receive a gift. But you are often not really interested in these gifts, and probably even less interested in recieving a stinging insect each month. This, combined with the ease by which a person can track the package, creates a strange dichotomy whereby you don't really want the package, but you keep checking where it is just because you can.

[edit] Transcript

Online Package Tracking:
Pros: Convenient, Useful
Cons: Makes you crazy
[Megan is sitting at a computer.]
*refresh*
Megan: Aww, still in Memphis.
*refresh*
Megan: Aww, still in Memphis.
*refresh*
Megan: Aww, still in Memphis.
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