A long story, but I'll keep it brief. After expressing severe GAS for a 5-string Tacoma Thunderchief ABG, my wife decided in early June to get me one for Father's Day. She called the place I'd told her about (Musicians' Buy), and they had just sold out (it was in stock when I'd called a few days eariler). She was told it couldn't come for Father's Day, but would surely arrive in the last week of June. The end of June came, and I called about the bass, and they said Tacoma had pushed back the delivery date to the end of July. On July 28, I received notice from my wife that the bass had shipped and would be here some time this week. Yesterday, armed with a tracking number, I found out that the bass had arrived here in Portland, OR, just after noon. I was really hoping it would come today, because I leave on a trip tomorrow, and will be seeing my college roommate, who plays acoustic guitar. I thought it would be great to bring my new Tacoma and have a jam session; as a stay-at-home dad with a child with serious medical issues, I RARELY get the chance to jam with other people -- I'm kind of a prisoner of my daughter's medical situation, since it's impossible to get a babysitter given her severe medical issues. I checked today, and it's not "out for delivery," but is supposed to arrive on Monday, when I'm not here. Since it's already in town, I tried desperately, and actually succeeded in talking to a human being, who informed me that there is no way I can come pick up my package until after delivery has been attempted. (Keep in mind that UPS does not typically ask for signatures for packages for me; the last time they left a $1400 bass on my doorstep and rang the bell -- good thing I was home!) I begged, pleaded, offered money, etc., but have been told that I can't have my package today. WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR ME?* How about letting me have my bass? *UPS slogan -- clearly meaningless in this case. At least Burger King stands by their "Have it Your Way" slogan to a certain degree.