Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Driving Chronicles: In Which Both Lanes are Blocked by Big Trucks

This is the first of what I hope is a series of pieces about driving in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.  I got the idea to do this because it seems every morning or evening when I am commuting, something weird/annoying/unnecessary happens.   And maybe occasionally a good thing.

Anyhow, the latest was this morning. I was getting off to the left two lanes on 495 West, to split off onto 95 South.  In these two lanes, ahead of me in my lane was a white car with its hazards on; I'm not sure why but good for them for putting their hazards on rather than not; a yellow county truck that said something about pre-snow treatment; and another yellow county truck in the the left lane next to me that said "Keep Back 100 Feet."

Now, I get that we need to have county trucks out and about, especially if there's a storm coming (I don't think so, but I better check the weather).  But do they have to be in *both* lanes, so no one can pass them? Can't they stay single file on the right lane?

As it was I simply went slowly behind all three of these guys until I could break out and get into the other lanes when we merged onto I-95.

But is it too much to ask that people, especially people in big heavy vehicles, don't stay in the right lane?  In Germany, they use the left lane only for passing. I think we need to adopt that rule here in the DC area.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Dear eBay: Please post Sellers' Answers to Users' Questions Under the Listing Like You Say You Will

Several times now, I have gotten a question from a potential buyer, and when I go to answer it, I check the box that indicates I want the answer posted under my listing so other potential buyers can see it as well.

But, the problem is, it hasn't been showing up. Another seller confirmed this is happening to her, too.

eBay, what up with that, and can you please fix it?  I'll try to post a screen capture of what it looks like next time.

eBay sellers, has this happened to any of you?

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

How to Find All Your eBay Fees

Are you wondering what your eBay fees are -- all of them? Listing, Buy It Now, Final Value Fee, Final Value fee on shipping, etc.?

EBay doesn't make it easy to find these fees, probably because it doesn't want to remind you what you're spending.

But if you find eBay's directions vague or outdated, here are step-by-step directions:

1. Go to
2. Click "My eBay"
3. Under Selling Tools, click Seller Dashboard.
4. Click "Seller Account."
5. Scroll Down to "Total Fees and Payments"
6. Just above that, Click "All Account Activity"

You should see a list of all recent fees and credits.