When I began RV'ing, I had my mail forwarded to a friend, to the tune of about $300 for two months. Crazy, right? That's when I purchased a box at my local UPS store. They were wonderful! For a mere $85 a year, they would hold my mail, sending it on to me wherever I was.
One day I came home after four months to find the store closed up tight. Out of Business. YIKES!! Where's my mail and my one year's advance payment? I was lucky enough to get some of my bank statements, but everything else disappeared.
Thus began the saga of the Post Office. I went down and rented the largest box they had for one year, to the tune of $300. Yes, I could use a mail service, but it would take days to get my mail when I'm home, let alone when I'm on the road.
It was all working okay when Amazon decided out of the blue to send everything via the Post Office. No more UPS option, which is what I always used. I had items sent to my P. O. Box, which was working okay for awhile.
All of sudden however, Amazon decided things like a popsicle mold and a ramp for Cooper cannot be shipped to a Post Office Box. Since I have a perfectly good house with a brand new mail box out front, I decided to try entering my address.
Nope ... it was all returned. Unable to deliver as addressed. I went to the Den of Frustration to find out why. They said no problem ... they could deliver to my house. I tried it again. Returned and returned twice over.
SEVEN packages later, I'm totally frustrated with Amazon because you can no longer easily get in contact with a human being and those they have don't speak English. Long story short, I've been to the post office three times, only to be told YES, we can deliver to your house if you have a mail box. I showed them a picture, just to be sure they knew I indeed had box out front.
Nothing ... more packages returned, and now I'm fighting with Amazon over credits and returns, and why can't you deliver a popsicle mold to a post office box???
Last trip .... the Supervisor wasn't happy to see me enter the building. He had not called me back like he promised, nor had he solved the situation. I told him I wasn't leaving until this was straightened out. I parked myself at the counter. He got the message.
Here's the thing ..... I had a mail forwarding from the UPS store. It expired after six months. I know this because I received envelopes with their yellow sticker stating such on the outside. The mail carrier however, states that the forwarding is on there forever. Therefore, anything that has my name on it will be returned if there is any address other than the post office box. Doesn't make sense to me at all.
The Supervisor went in the back while I played games on my phone. Might as well occupy myself, because I was NOT leaving. Upon his return, he showed me a sheet with a check by my name. If I cancel this forwarding (that expired four months ago), we can then deliver to your post office box AND to your house. CANCEL it I said!!
That's when the REAL reason happened to slip from his lips. Seems the postal carriers in the County are all contracted. They bid on their area based on the number of homes to deliver to. Since there was a forwarding on my old address, my home address didn't show up in her area. That means she would have to deliver to my house for free basically, because she didn't include that stop in her bid.
So all this mess was because she didn't want to make just one more stop on her route. That's our tax dollars at work. I was turning purple I was so mad and he realized his error instantly. Don't worry he said, I'll take care of this immediately so you can receive mail at both places.
Finally ... resolution! Or at least I HOPE it is resolved. Only time will tell. To make me feel even better, I fueled up my truck on the way home. The story behind our high prices of fuel (which I learned from a delivery man at the Elks) is that we are located at the end of the delivery lines drawn in the sand. We are furthest from the North distributor and furthest from the South distributor. The further away you are, the more they charge for delivery, so the higher the fuel cost. Does that make sense???
I drive fifteen miles to get this fuel for $3.75 while it is $4.39 at my local station.
Now that I've settled all my biggest problems, I'm back on track and back to packing. I could have left earlier, but the heat hitting the west this weekend is going to be terrible. I'm waiting a few days hoping to skate by the 116 degree sun. On the other hand, it's supposed to rain like crazy on my last day of driving. I'm saying lots of little prayers to the weather Gods.