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@Team_Barrowman AmazonUK order finally arrived! Woot!

Something just occurred to me… Another Side went gold, right after I ordered it. Why do I visualize it sitting there at 499,999 after all this time, then I order it, and *poof* it pushes it right over the top into Gold status. Coincidence? Maybe. But I’d like to think that I was responsible for it, lol. You’re welcome, John. 😉 (But what happens if I send the CD back, do the Powers that Be take the gold record away from you again!?! LOL)

Another Side goes Gold

Anyway, it’s not like my CD order from AmazonUK was really all that late, it only came in a day later than guestimated. But I guess I’m just used to AmazonUS giving estimated delivery dates and then beating those dates by 3-5 days regularly. Not used to them coming in after the fact. (Why do I keep thinking “My CDs just flew in from England, and boy are their arms tired!” LOL). I can be an amazingly patient person when it lets me save $50+ on an Amazon order. In all honesty, though, I was getting a smidge itchy about hearing the new CD; I’ve been reading for the last week and a half how GREAT it was, and was getting just a little impatient to hear it for myself.

John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter

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So anyhoo, the John Barrowman CDs are finally here (and arrived on his birthday, no less. Happy John’s birthday to ME! 😀 ). To recap, I picked up Another Side, Music Music Music, Swings Cole Porter, and the new one – called simply John Barrowman – that came out a week and a half ago. FINALLY, I have liner notes to go with the songs that I’ve been listening to for the last month or so. I’ll probably put the new CD in the CD player of my clock radio and give it a listen tonight, but the CD that I’m actually most interested in the liner notes at the moment is the Cole Porter CD.

I’ve really been grooving on that one the last several days (have one or two tracks from that one in the mp3 player widget at the left – What is This Thing Called Love and Don’t Fence Me In – if anyone wants to take a listen), so hoping there’s some good background info to be had on the songs in the liner notes. And as I mentioned on my webpage, out of all JB’s album covers I’ve seen, Swings Cole Porter is DEFINITELY my favorite. If I were one of my cats, I’d be purring right now. LOL. 😉

In other news, I apparently threw out my bum knee this morning during ye olde Wii Fit workout. I think it was a combination of too many crossover lunges and the fact that it’s been damp and rainy here all day today. Rain always tends to set my knee off. So I’ve been keeping the bottle of ibuprofen close at hand, and while it’s not bothering me quite enough to do the usual 800mg 3 to 4 times a day, 400mg did absolutely nothing for it, so I split the difference and have been taking 600mg three times a day today. I’m HOPING that it’s just a temporary setback (temporary as in “just overnight, will be fine in the morning”); I’ve already missed 2 workout days this week already, and was just getting back into the swing of things yesterday and today. And I’ve been on such a roll with the post Christmas diet, down almost 10 pounds courtesy of my Wii EA Sports Active workouts 3-4 times a week. Really don’t want to have to give it up because of the knee again, or I know me, I’ll never get back to it. :(

Allrighty then. Looks like 600+ words is enough for one night. To reuse a favorite phrase of mine – Put a fork in me, I’m done. 😀

Amazon.com vs Amazon.co.uk

Thinking of ordering import CDs from Amazon.com? If they’re being imported from the UK, you might want to do what I did tonight, and actually compare prices (the item cost as well as shipping) between Amazon.com proper and Amazon.co.uk.

There were three CDs that I was looking at at Amazon.com (decided to feed my recent John Barrowman addiction – see the mp3 player at left) and pick up two of his earlier CDs, as well as preorder his newest, being released the start of March), all three of which are only available as imports, and at a fairly hefty cost each ($36.98, $31.98, & $28.49). I thought, if they’re importing them from the UK anyway, let’s see how much it would cost me to have Amazon.co.uk ship them to me directly. So I pulled them up on THEIR website as well, and stuck them all in a shopping cart. Cost each directly from the UK? £4.24, £5.26, & £7.64. Converting the currency from pounds to dollars makes them cost more than the original poundage, but still MUCH less than Amazon.com’s imports.

Long story short, once I tagged on the actual shipping cost for each order, and did a currency conversion on the UK order to compare it to the US order, it came out like so:

Ordering the 3 CDs plus shipping from Amazon.com?: $102.41 USD

Ordering those same three CDs, plus shipping, from Amazon.co.uk?: £22.20 GBP.

Which equals *drumroll please…*: $34.79 USD. A WHOLE lot less than $102.41.

So word to the wise… when ordering imports from Amazon.com, it definitely pays to do a little homework first. :)

And yes, now that you mention it, this IS my first real blogpost in a while. Thought I’d better post something other than Tweet archives, and this would have been too long for a tweet anyway. LOL.

@Team_Barrowman : CDs, Olympic tunes, BBC radio…

Ended up canceling my AmazonUK order for the three John Barrowman CDs. Wanted to add on a fourth – John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter – which supposedly I should have been able to do, just place a separate order, then request it be “combined” into a single order. It refused to be combined. So rather than email Amazon for help and wait for a response in case they tried shipping in the meantime, I opted to just cancel both orders. Then turned around and RE-ordered all four CDs in a single order. 😀 Amazon didn’t have a problem with me doing that, I guess. So now I’ve got Another Side, Music Music Music, Swings Cole Porter (What? No “Night and Day” on that one!?!), and the new self titled CD that’s coming out March 1st coming in in a single shipment from Amazon.co.uk. And again, saved a nice chunk of change vs if I’d ordered it from Amazon.com proper. I think AmazonUK was $55 total, vs $110 from Amazon.com for the exact same CDs.

Didn’t have to get up at 3am to listen to John on the BBC radio thing the other night (see my Twitter stream about that). Once again, internet saves the day; the radio station is keeping that showgram as an online stream until early March. So I was able to listen to the entire 45 minutes of interview at my leisure last night. Although why JB would come on a show that is so clearly NOT into his music is beyond me. I guess any publicity for the new CD is considered good publicity, and maybe my American brain is just taking British humor too seriously, but IMHO they were seriously slagging off his choice of tunes, *pththtt*. Wasn’t a total loss though. Got to record 45 minutes of John, AND picked up that live Snow Patrol track as well. Yes! She shoots, she scores! 😀 Haven’t heard anything from Snow Patrol since D and I saw them open for U2 up in Boston last September.

When it’s not so late, I’ll have to see about some of his other radio interviews, since he’s doing something like 11 of them in the next week or two.

Hmmm… Heaven in my blog mp3 player just cut off early. Something must have interrupted the upload when I put it online last month. Will have to fix that. That’s okay. That just means Feelin’ Good came up sooner than later. 😀

Speaking of which, two songs that John has covered have made it into the Olympics, I noticed. Not his versions, no surprise there, but they did Both Sides Now during the opening ceremonies. And the first skater in the women’s short program last night during the figure skating competition did her routine to an instrumental version of Feelin’ Good. Since that one is currently topping my list of favorite John songs, needless to say I sat up and took notice in a hurry.

Gaa! Another song cut off short. Note to self: reupload I Know Him So Well too. Grrr… I was going to add a few more songs anyway, so I’ll upload the lot of them at the same time, probably over the weekend. NOT tonight though, I overslept the last two mornings, so promised myself I’d be in bed by midnight tonight, so I wouldn’t miss another Wii Workout in the morning.