We Interrupt The Poetry Reading…

The mailboxes – Note the missing one!

for an announcement.

I have not received any mail for two weeks; and not because no one has sent me any!

I trust my creditors still want their money, the electric and water companies still want to get paid and various catalogue merchandisers still want me to order cigars, medical alert systems and hearing aids etc.

Nope.  The mail I’m sure is still coming.  It’s just not being delivered.

The mailbox is gone.  Consequently no delivery.

You all know I live in a somewhat semi-rural area which used to be more rural a decade ago but is slowly developing.  We now have a grocery, a liquor store, two gas stations, a veterinarian and even a chain restaurant.

But we never had home delivery of mail.  All mail was dropped at a centralized stanchion of mail boxes owned and maintained by the post office.  It was close by and I could walk with my key and pick up the mail and packages though most of the time I was too lazy and would hop in the car.

Two weeks ago I went to perform this chore and found somewhat of a wreck – the bulletin board and our mail box stanchion knocked to the ground.  The board was completely destroyed – glass all over the site – and the box was laying on someone’s lawn.

Apparently some drunk took out our mailbox. Don’t know whether or not he or she was apprehended.  For all the inconvenience the drunk has caused it should make the Most Wanted list.

So this old man opened his box whch was laying face up on the ground and got his mail.

Next day the site was cleaned up – and our mail box was gone!  I have since found out it was removed by the post office.  No one around here including our home owners association seems to know when it will be returned and bolted in an upright position.

After some inquiry this week I have been advised I can pick up my mail at the post office in another town north of me – a 45 mile round trip drive!!

There is a post office annex some 6 miles away but efforts to pick up my mail there have thus far been unfruitful.  Will they deliver the mail to my house?  Oh noooo!

I estimate thee are some 17 homes in this position right now.  We have been advised to pester the postal authorities trying to get at least a date for the return of the box.  I’m sure some of us get medications delivered by mail (luckily not me), or retirement checks (again not me) and other important correspondence.  Also January is the month that we get documents needed to file our federal income taxes.

Now with the government shut down, mail will continued to be delivered but I doubt if anyone will be in a rush to pick up phones.

Sorry.  Make the drive.

So since this involves the post office I’ve decided to call my Congressman’s office tomorrow and see how his staff helps his constituents.  If he wants my vote come November he will get our mailbox back.

Failing this is there always the local nightly news “problem solver” – they love to hear about government inefficiency!  Nothing like publicity to turn up the heat!

Meanwhile I will have to advise the IMF and the Government of Benin to hold onto my $6.3 million ATM card representing my inheritance for awhile or have it delivered to my home by FedEx.





About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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8 Responses to We Interrupt The Poetry Reading…

  1. beetleypete says:

    I can only imagine the inconvenience of such mail-boxes, Frank, let alone having to travel to a post office to collect your mail. We still get our post through the front door every day (not Sundays) delivered in the letterbox cut in the door for that purpose. Postage here is very expensive, I grant you, but the service is pretty good. And we live in a place with no gas station, shops, Vet, or restaurants. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • toritto says:

      HI pete – I haven’t found the mail box situation here too inconvenient as each time I leave my home to go anywhere I have to pass them. They are in a good spot for me. Going to the post office is another matter however! We’ll see what happens. Best from sunny Florida.

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  2. sojourner says:

    “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” I guess drunk drivers are the only exception, Frank!

    Typical! Raise some hell!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. macsmarvels says:

    And we’re shocked, just shocked to note this government inefficiency! Of course, the post office is an independent agency of the United States Government, one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. Perhaps the independent part is to blame for your misfortune.

    Bill them for mileage!!

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  4. Jennie says:

    Just awful. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. So, keep squeaking.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. vcroman says:

    Sure hope it wasn’t a robbery. Glad your mail box wasn’t opened. Here in Albuquerque, they bust into mail boxes to steal mail, this time of year especially to get identity information from peoples’ W2’s and 1099’s.

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    • toritto says:

      Nah Vuc. Just a drunk. The Post Office probably took it away because of concern it wasn’t secure enough to keep it from being stolen. 🙂 We raised enough rukus which will ensure it gets reinstalled soon.


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