January 26, 2012—It is said that the U.S. Postal Service comes through, regardless of rain, sleet, or snow. Apparently a gate stops the mailman, however.
We purchased a tablet computer online while we were in McKinney. I asked a friend in Buckeye, Ariz., which is west of Phoenix, if I could have it mailed c/o her. She agreed.
My notification from the company said it was being sent via FedEx Smartpost—a deal FedEx has with the USPS. FedEx delivers to the post office; the post office is supposed to deliver to the house.
The package got to the post office in Buckeye, but it never made it to the house. And the post office people couldn’t find it, despite the fact that it had been signed for. (The Buckeye post office people were really nasty on the phone, too.)
Well, it turns out that my friend has a really good postman, very conscientious. When she told him that the package was apparently returned to the post office (she did not get a notification), he looked for it, finally found it, and delivered it. Turns out that a lazy or ill-trained substitute saw that my friend’s gate was closed and he didn’t try to open it to either leave the package or leave a notification with her. Worse, still, he didn’t fill out any paperwork when he went back to the post office. He just dumped the package somewhere.
We will pick it up tomorrow.
Another item…we decided that since we aim to travel a quite a bit in the next couple of years (in the last 12 months we already put on 10,000 miles), we bought into a resort membership that will give us free or very low-cost camping across the country. This type of thing doesn’t fit everyone’s lifestyle, but it does ours for right now. So, we’re happy with our decision.
No pictures to post today. Just taking it easy. Actually, I think I will try to remove some of the Arizona dust that has accumulated on everything in this motorhome.
Until next time,
Your Reluctant RoVer,