I learned three new things today.
1. Murfreesboro has a Sephora Cosmetics Store located in the J. C. Penney at Stones River Mall.
I am a BIG Sephora fan and was thrilled to find it. And it appears to have everything I’ve seen in other stores. What a nice surprise.
2. The Shoe Fixer on Memorial Boulevard, close to O’Charley’s, has a device – closely resembling something involved in medieval torture – that stretches shoes to help accommodate those of us with bunions.
I have severe bunions on both feet and wrote about it once; and I received more comments from sympathetic readers than I have with other articles I have ever written.
The congenial clerk at The Fixer also said because of swollen feet, due to diabetes, etc., there is a large market for lengthening straps and she can do that, too.
3. If you have an Internet connection and a credit card (and good credit), you can transfer money anywhere in the world within hours (or less).
Our son John teaches at a school in Florida that has many international students. He teaches film journalism and English as a second language.
When offered a chance to teach ESL at a YMCA camp in Spain, he jumped at the chance.
The camp was a wonderful experience and after it ended last week he stayed to travel a few days longer by himself.
At 8 a.m. Monday we received a phone call saying his debit card had been eaten by an ATM machine.
Because I experienced that exact issue on a trip to Italy, I could identify. I had a backup card for such a reason; he did not.
It was siesta time in Spain, all businesses were closed and he was put on hold by his credit card company for half an hour so he called good ole Mom and Dad to see what to do.
I didn’t have a clue.
After trying to settle the knots in my stomach for about half an hour and debating the issue with husband Tommy, we decided sending money would be the answer until he could resolve the issue on his own.
He said there was a Western Union office about 300 yards away so I went to the Internet went to their website.
Here’s what you do. Log onto westernunion.com and follow the instructions on the home page to send money anywhere.
The first issue I encountered was figuring out what to put in the blank that said: “Maternal name.” Leaving it blank was not an option.
In error I typed in my maiden name (Canada). Big mistake. I submitted it anyway.
After I had filled out the paperwork it told me that an e-mail would be sent to my account to tell me when the funds would be available.
An e-mail was sent stating I had finished my transaction but none came with the “victory” message. After about 40 minutes, I had not heard from them so enlisted their “Live Chat Online” help.
My first attempt failed. But the second attempt (with Emilyn) was more successful.
Emilyn told me that it could take at least two to three hours for the transaction to be validated.
I asked her if she could refund me the (costly) fee that ensured I could transfer it within minutes and she told me she “had strict security measures to protect their consumers.”
I told her thanks; just a nervous mother worrying about her son and hung up the phone.
Within five minutes a gentlemen called me back asking me the reason for the transfer – Emilyn had apparently told her supervisor – and, when I told him my plight, he said he’d make sure the funds were available immediately.
There were a couple of other kinks along the way – incurred because of my typing in my maiden name – but the issue was finally resolved and I was very impressed with the knowledge, service and capability of those at Western Union. And thrilled to know such a service was out there.
John was left to fend for himself with the rest of his issues and said we’ll talk about it when he comes home this weekend.
But it’s still good to find out “new” things at my age; especially those that make you happy.
‘Til next week.