The first 22 digits of the gift card arrived in separate packages

The first 15 digits of the gift card and each paragraph of the letter arrived in separate packages in the second order

This is a story of an Amazon gift card. It’s a short one and why we can’t have nice things any more.

My wife’s aunt sent her a gift card to Amazon. This gift card was supposed to show up on the 10th and claimed a delivery date of then, but then ended up showing up on the 12th because USPS that’s why. This was not the issue. What showed up on our doorstep was a box that was 10″ x 7″ x 3″.

On the box was our address, tracking info, and an advertisement for some Amazon product (think it was the echo). The box required opening with a knife as it was sealed to prevent the postal service from doing what the postal service does.

In this box was maybe 16″ of bubble packing to hold an envelope in place. This envelope was about 8″ x 5″. In this envelope was a note that we had received a gift card. There was also in this envelope also a gift card coming in at 3.7″ x 2.13″ and about 0.03″ thick. On the back of this card was a 15 digit code,¬†which I believe had to be revealed via a scratch off.

I remember seeing a cartoon once in which a man cuts down a thousand year redwood, drags it to a sawmill, and then makes a toothpick out of it. At least he had a toothpick at the end.