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jeff.jpg is doing a special 10th Anniversary Promotion.  Instead of the boring old UPS guys delivering your packages, some lucky customers will get major celebrities coming to their doors with the Amazon products they ordered.  For instance, Jason Alexander might show up with the new Seinfeld DVD.  Or Harrison Ford will be at the door with the new edition of Indiana Jones.

Recently, I ordered a new tennis racket from Amazon.   

This morning, there was a knock at my door.  It was my new tennis racket from — delivered by Anna Kournikova!


Here is our conversation, word for word:

Anna Kournikova:  Delivery for Neil Kramer.

Me:  That’s me.

Anna Kournikova:  Sign here.

Me:  OK.  Thanks.

She handed me the package.

Anna Kournikova:  Take care.

She left.  I closed the door behind me.

Happy Birthday, Amazon.  Next time, just send me everything on my Wishlist.

UPDATE 6PM:  My apologies to  Anna Kournikova did not really come to my door this morning.  Rather than this being a dumb promotion that was worthy of mocking, these celebrity visits were filled with fun and excitement for Amazon’s customers. 

(Robin Weiner/U.S. Newswire)

As an example, here is the real picture of Kournikova making a surprise personal delivery (with UPS driver Hugo R. Leal)  to Los Angeles doctor Andrea Feinberg.   In the box was a pair of Adidas sneakers and a gym bag.  Kournikova smiled and laughed with the UPS driver as the photographer took photos.  After the photo session,  Kournikova quickly got the hell out of there and into her awaiting limousine.

UPDATE July 20:

Actual celebrity deliveries in Los Angeles.


  1. The Moviequill

    I ordered the special edition of Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow…and Brad Pitt delivered it

  2. Neil

    That took me a while. Moviequill, you are forever changing my view of Oklahoma. I thought you guys still drove around all day with surreys with fringes on top.

  3. Brooke

    Jason Alexander is an attraction for Amazon? That just seems…..weird.

  4. Neil

    You didn’t expect Seinfeld himself to do a cheesy promotion, did you? Oh, right, he does cheesy promotions for American Express.

  5. M.A.

    Is J.K. Rowling going to deliver Harry Potter? If I were the lucky customer, I’d ask for some money to go along with the book.

  6. The Moviequill

    Neil, I am not hatched and raised from here (actually from Canada, so you have to have a sense of humour living here)

  7. Fun Joel

    So how much time elapsed between the delivery of your tennis racket, and the alarm clock waking you up? 😉

  8. cruisin-mom

    Fun Joel…now THAT’S funny!

  9. Pauly D

    This post is only 7 percent as popular as your other posts, Neil. I think you need another update where Kevin James comes to deliver you the third season of the King of Queens on DVD and then you can tell us that, no it wasn’t really him, but that it was just a fat delivery guy.

    Try that and I bet you get to 10%.

  10. Neil

    I really thought Anna Kournikova would bring the readers in, but I forgot that many of the readers here are female. Good idea about Kevin James. I know many women watch “King of Queens” just to check out what sexy outfit he’s wearing each week.

  11. Jack

    That is what every man needs to wear, brown shirt, shorts and socks. How sexy.

  12. sunshine

    You had me going there for a minute. I was going to say – you had Anna Kournikova on your doorstep and you didn’t even give her a tip?

    I’ll bet you could have given her one heck of a tip.

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