I'm pretty sure you're that guy on the highway zipping past me going 95 while slamming through 4 lanes of traffic with no signal and forcing me to slam on the breaks and hope my wife doesn't fly through the windshield. I think you've pretty much summed up my feelings about where people are today with empathy and caring for others. Thanks for the help making my point!
This is the last I'm going to say and then I suggest we drop it: I drive like a sane person. I stay within the speed limit, don't cut people off and always, ALWAYS use my turn signal. I loathe people who drive like the ones you described especially when my kids are with me. As far as empathy and caring go, I care a lot for my fellow human beings. As an example of my goodwill and charity, I'll have you know just a week or so ago I gave ride to a total stranger. Lady missed her bus, asked if I'd give her a lift to the next stop which I gladly did. Plenty of other people would've said "no". There was a time when I would have as well, but I'm trying to be a better person than I used to be (much like Earl). Now that I'm done patting myself on the back, let me say this: This world would be a much better place if people weren't so damned sensitive about every little thing. The whole "people need to have more sympathy and empathy" is basically saying "I'm having a pity party for myself and I want everyone to console me, coddle me because my feelings are hurt and ask what they can do to make it all better." If there are options open to you (traders here, Ebay, etc...) and you don't exhaust those first, that's where my sympathy & empathy end. Without at least exploring those before hanging your head in your hands and crying you may as well give up before the race even starts. At least that's what I took from your statement. The point I'm trying to make is not "when the world gives you lemons, make lemonade", but when the world gives you lemons you throw them back and make the shot count. If Hasbro has pissed you off to the point you're considering getting out of the collecting game, instead of complaining abou it here, write a nasty-gram to Hasbro Corporate and state your concerns. I'm sure it'll get a better response from them and you won't have to deal with @$$holes like me
. Isn't half the fun of this hobby the thrill of the hunt? Hell, whether it's in a store or on-line, nothing is more thrilling for me than to find something I was never able to or never thought Id'd be able to score in the first place. As frustrated as I've been with Hasbro's distribution or lack there of, I've never considered ending my collecting. Instead, I put the stuff I can't find on my 'Wants' list and concentrate on getting what I can searching for the missing stuff on the side. That's just me, though. Do whatever helps you sleep at night.
As far as Hasbro "lying" about Luke not being available online right away, maybe the person who made the statement didn't have all the info regarding the plans for Luke. Maybe production numbers were high enough and sales @ C4 were/are low enough they can safely say "We have enough stock to be able to offer him right now rather than having to make everyone wait a few months for him." How pissed would you have been if they made Luke available for sale on-line right now nd then they come back & say "He's gonna be backordered for a few months. Sorry." For myself, I'd much rather have the pleasant surprise of getting that special figure sooner rather than later. Like Morgbug said, I bet the McDroids will be available sooner than you think.
That ends my rants. I say "end of subject" and wash my hands of it. I'm done. I have exclusives to figure out how to get.