You'll recall that earlier this week I thought I had taken all the necessary steps for our family to have a going ant farm in the next month. However, I received the following communication from Uncle Milton this afternoon:
Subject: Concerning your Uncle Milton Online Order
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:14:37
Thank you for your order! We have run your credit card and your order is all set to ship. Unfortunately, the weather in your area is too warm to safely ship at this time. We will keep your order on file until the weather cools enough to ensure your creatures will arrive safely. We will keep you posted on developments, and as soon as your order ships we will send you a shipment notification email. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Uncle Milton's, Inc.
Well, Uncle Milton, I do have a couple of questions:
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009
Subject: RE: Concerning your Uncle Milton Online Order
I appreciate your cautious shipping policy. However, you just shipped me ants earlier this week that roasted to death in my mailbox. Can you tell me what high temperatures you look for as a guideline and is it possible for you to hold-off on charging my credit card until the ants ship?
Uncle Milton and his peeps are fast on the response. Minutes later I had this...
Subject: RE: re: Concerning your Uncle Milton Online Order
Date: Thu, 25 June 2009
We apologize for the ants arriving in bad shape. We do our best to predict what the weather will be in your area prior to mailing it out, but sometimes they don't make it. We will wait to ship until the 10 day average for your area is below 85F.
So, by my math this means that my kids will have a working Ant Farm in mid-September. And, Uncle Milton will have my $14 until then as well. Until then we're pinning all our hopes on the lone living ant that Andrew and Mark have nicknamed Super Ant. Let's hope he really is!