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Gender: Female
Hometown: Arizona
Home country: US
Current location: Baja Arizona
Member since: Fri Feb 27, 2004, 03:17 PM
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a quick rural life (and first world problem) rant - The Yellow Card

I get my mail at a post office. It is 5 or 6 miles from my house and involves a minumum of a 20 minute trip by vehicle due to road conditions and needing to get on the interstate. It is open Monday through Friday until noon and for an hour or two on Saturday. Box access is open all the time. There are 9 lockers for packages that don't fit in the regular mailboxes. The postmaster places a numbered key in your box and you use it to access the locker your package is in. Reasonable system, right? If you have a gigantic package that desn't fit in the lockers or sometimes during the winter holidays when there are a lot of them, you will get a yellow card in your box informing you to call at the desk for your package (also for certified mail).

Stupid "smart" phone quit working so on Tuesday evening I ordered another (used) one. I am not overly fond of telephones, but the ranch IS a business and I get calls about various things all the time so I sort of need to have one. People get lost or want access to hunt, take pictures, walk around looking for rusty metal. There are "emergencies" like cattle on roads or fences down. That sort of thing.

Of course it wasn't delivered until Saturday, when we were working cattle so no way to get to the PO during the brief time it was open. Same company and model phone arrived in the regular mail box two months ago so I knew I would finally have a working phone by Saturday afternoon, right? Nope. No package in the mailbox. And no key. I got the yellow card. "Please call at the desk for your package."

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