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Monday, April 14, 2014

Rain in the mountains.



It’s raining in the mountains today.  Not a hard rain,  just constant. It's warm outside though so I don't mind it much.  I suppose we are in for another wet, humid summer.

On April 9th, (Wed),  I had a check sent from a brokerage up North to me here at the house.  I had it sent priority mail, 2nd day delivery.

The Post office first sent it to Frankfort, KY .  It stayed at the Frankfort sorting center until the evening of 11 April (the same day it was supposed to be here before 4:00).  Then they sent it to Lexington, KY on the 12th.  The Post office listed it as "out for delivery" which is interesting since I live three states down from there.

On the 13th, the post office sent it to Louisville, KY.

Today it is listed as having been forwarded from Louisville, but they can't tell me anything about where it is now or where it was sent to.

So I had to have a wire transfer done, and of course banks charge you a hefty fee to send a wire transfer, and to receive it.  Nor does that help me determine where my check for several thousand dollars is right now.  The broker wanted to send it by FEDEX.  I don't like FEDEX because they know I live up on a mountain, and unlike UPS they won't call me and have me meet them somewhere. Instead, they just don't bother to come out to the house, take the package back to Cleveland, Tennessee where they come from, and have somebody call me to try to figure out how to get it to me.

Maybe that would have been preferable to this though. I have a feeling that check is going to show up as having been deposited or cashed somewhere.

14 comments:

  1. Fed Ex is on my list as well. I came PDC to getting hit by one of their smaller delivery van this weekend in a gas station parking lot. I don't mean getting hit with me in the truck either. Jackholes. I'm glad their air pilots don't fly like their drivers drive.

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    1. "They" are forecasting a couple of inches of rain here by the time it's all over with.

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    2. Nothing seems to work like it's supposed to. I'm going to try to make the post office pay for the wire transfer fees, but I have little hope of success.

      UPS has always done me right, but the post office and FEDEX are pretty unreliable, at least out here in the boonies.

      It's still raining here and it's coming down harder now.

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  2. Lots of rain here and now it's sleeting as well and 36 degrees. They are saying 25 before dawn tomorrow. Back to Winter mode for a bit I guess....

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  3. Wow. It's 65 outside right now, and the rain is falling but it's a warm rain. I guess I need to check the Weather Channel now that Direct TV broke down and has it again. I hope that cold doesn't get down here.

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  4. It rained all day yesterday in Nebraska. Then in the evening it snowed. My husband was nice enough to scrape my car, while I made breakfast. He said it was icy!

    That's got to be hard getting a package where you live.

    *My oldest is in Jiu-Jitsu. He gets to practice with other kids. :) I just wanted to review the martial arts online package to see what Kung Fu is like. We plan on getting our youngest involved soon. At age 5, their coordination is still awkward, they can barely do a somersault. I can't imagine them doing a monkey roll right.

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    1. It's rough getting anything delivered here. If it won't fit in the mailbox, then I have problems laying hands on whatever I ordered.

      That on line package looked like a great mechanism for review and practice, and it has the advantage of being available whenever the child feels like using it. I liked it.

      I'm not sure what the right age is to start them. I am sure my kids were a bit older than five. There's some rough and tumble in the practice sessions and I wonder if little guys are not more prone to broken bones. Not that age is any guarantee. I broke the achilles tendon in my right leg and had to have surgery to fix it, taking an advancement test in the karate class I attended with my two kids. After that, I was a bench sitting parent!

      I know the weather out that way has been harsh. I thought it was all over but I guess not so. I sincerely hope this is just an aberration and not going to constitute the new norm, because this past winter was just miserable.

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  5. Wow, that's awful. You'd think they could do better than that!

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    1. It's the same problem any bureaucracy has. There's no penalty for failure. No one individual can be identified as having caused the mistake. It's impossible to fire them. I have little use for the government in general, or the post office in particular. I know they like to say they are not part of the government but that's a bad joke.

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  6. Have valuable stuff sent Registered Mail. It's expensive, but they have to get a receipt every time it changes hands.

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  7. You know what though? I sent some stuff to Atlanta back a few years ago, and I sent it certified, with a return receipt. The post office lost the whole thing, never found it, and never did a thing about it. If I was sending something out, I'd have used UPS overnight. But since this was coming to me, I hoped I could squeak by and maybe the post office would, just this one time, get it right. The more fool me!

    I don't think I've ever sent registered mail. If I go through the post office again with something important, I will try it. But they have been so blase about this, and treated me like a no account hobo, that I won't use the P.O. again if I can help it.

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  8. Can't you request that it be sent UPS RED you would have it overnight. I worked at a warehouse and we would have customers request which company we would use. 95% used UPS.

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    1. Rob, I never heard of UPS RED but it seems something I should look into. This particular envelope was coming from New York, and basically that firm used FEDEX. They were willing to send it through the mail but had little interest in using UPS. My guess would be they had an account with the USPS and FEDEX and just wanted to use one of those for administrative purposes. If I had been a big portfolio holder I'm sure they would have kissed my ring and sent some toad down to UPS, but I'm not.

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    2. They have changed the name, but depending on when you want it in your hands it costs between $95 for Next Day Air AM (by 8:30 am,) to $25.00 for 2nd Day Air. (By End Of The Business Day) This is a UPS Letter Envelope. Check out UPS.COM You can have them pay the cost or you can pay it.

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