Monday, December 28, 2015
Thank You U.S. Postal Service
Having our grandkids all around the country makes our travel fun as we drive the Journey to see them, which enables us to stay and visit for weeks at a time. A luxury that we couldn't do before we retired.
On the other hand, it makes attending birthdays and special holidays not always convenient to travel to see them, unfortunately we can't be in three places at the same time.
So to get gifts to them, we have to ship or mail them, always in plenty of time to get there.
We don't use UPS because they are way too expensive, FedEx will get our business on occasion if the package will be extra large or heavy, still kind of pricey.
So we use the USPS Priority Mail to send the vast majority of our gifts. With too often disturbing results.
A few years back we mailed some packages three weeks before Christmas to Oregon from Virginia. They arrived three weeks after Christmas.
Last year our son sent our other son's kids a Christmas package via the mail and it arrived on time. With the box crushed. And empty.
This year we sent a bunch of packages via Priority Mail, with several going to our grandkids in Missouri mailed the same day from where we are in South Carolina. One package was a birthday gift for one of the girls who was born the day after Christmas, we always ensure that her birthday gifts are distinguished from her Christmas gifts.
A nice thing the Post Office does is give you a tracking number for each package. You'd think paying top dollar for Priority Mail would ensure your package would arrive in the two to three days the Post Office touts.
Our granddaughter's birthday package, mailed twelve days before her birthday would get there in plenty of time. Well, it didn't.
Looking at the tracking number, the package languished in several Post Offices, including one which left it sitting for seven days. The good news is at least the package arrived two days after the granddaughter's birthday intact and it made her happy. Funny, all the other packages mailed the same day (all of the same size and weight) got there right on time.
It's not the end of the world, it's sort of minor. We just didn't enjoy seeing our granddaughter disappointed on her special day.
I think next year we'll talk to Santa and see if we can put our packages on his sleigh to deliver. After all, if he can deliver packages all over the world in one night, he must be a better shipper than the Postal Service!
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