Postal Potpourri

A guest blog by OLDER AND WISER

This is how I see it!

Have you ever been delivering in your LLV or POV and it’s one of those days where no one is around? All you have is yourself and your thoughts. All of a sudden something pops into your mind. I started writing down some of those random thoughts and I present them to you.

Much has been written in the blogs about the cell phones we are carrying now and how they are used as GPSs to track our movements. I don’t really have anything to hide so they don’t bother me. There were previous reports about cameras in the LLVs to measure our actions for standards measurements. Again, they can watch me as I do my job; no problem here. But one thing I hope they never do is put microphones in the LLVs. On those quiet days, do you start singing some lame song to help you keep your sanity? Do you talk to yourself and worse answer yourself? I’m guilty for both actions and if they had microphones in the LLVs, they would probably send an RCA out to finish my route and send me for “occupational therapy” of some kind.

The James J. Farley post office in New York City is located right across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. They are looking into using that facility as a possible site for a new Garden or Penn Station. Why could that be important? Around the top of the Farley building is written that infamous phrase “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Maybe if the building goes, the phrase will eventually fade from the public’s mind and we won’t be forced to deliver in conditions that present safety concerns just to justify words on a building. To go a little bit further, how did that phrase come about in the first place? Was it something romantic like a Pony Express rider who uttered the phrase after riding hours through dire weather conditions? – No! Was it a carrier in the early 20th century braving the weather to deliver mail to widows and orphans? – No!

The reality is the architect of the Farley building, William Kendall, wanted to have something special to adorn the façade of the building and came up with the phrase based on ancient Persian writings. So, if anyone asks about the statement, just tell them that it was thought up by someone who never delivered a single piece of mail in his life.

When winter comes and we have a blizzard, the radio makes an announcement that only essential personnel should be on the road and that everyone else should stay home to allow the highway crews to clear the snow from the roads. I have always wondered where is the governmental or private agency that makes the decision on who is essential and who isn’t? Does the head of an Edible Arrangement store consider his basket assembler essential because there would be no product to sell if the person doesn’t show up? If the person who puts the jelly into the Dunkin’ Donuts stays home, would the store close from no inventory? If there is no official agency that makes a decision of who is essential or who isn’t, then maybe radio stations should stop making those announcements since it is your boss.
who makes that decision. As for me, when my wife says I should stay home after a blizzard, I will just tell her that I am an essential worker just like the fruit cutter and jelly squirter.

Where I live, the process to get a contractor’s license is an easy one. Whether you’re a landscaper, roofer, or builder, all you need to do is have proof of insurance, pay the license fee, and fill out the official form. The form asks for business and personal information. Besides that, there are two questions on the form that must be answered. The first question is: When you arrive at your customer’s site, the best place to park your vehicle is:
A. 10 feet before the mailbox.
B. 10 feet after the mailbox.
C. on the other side of the street if there are no mailboxes present.
D. Directly in front of the mailbox
The correct answer is D
The second question reads like this:
When you arrive at your customer’s site and your vehicle is pulling a trailer filled with equipment, the best place to park is: A. 10 feet before the mailbox.
B. 10 feet after the mailbox.
C. on the other side of the street if there are no mailboxes present.
D. in a position such that your vehicle and trailer not only blocks your customer’s mailbox, but also blocks the mailbox of their neighbor. Again, the correct answer is D.

I’ve heard that no contractor has ever answered either of those questions incorrectly. I know I’m not surprised.

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Bravo Older and Wiser. In my neck of the woods, virtually all of our contractors are Certified

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