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Kudos to the Mailman

February 2, 2011 - Al Stephenson
After the winter storm of the last two days, I decided to try to unplug my driveway in shifts. The early morning venture cleared about a third of it. The late morning shift got another third. After lunch and a nap, I went back out to finish the job. After an exhausting couple of hours behind the shovel I reached the street - and my mailbox.

I checked and sure enough, my mailman had already been there. While I finally gave myself the ability to get out of the house if need be, my guy was on his way to finishing his work day. I happen to know that my mail deliverer is a male, though a mailwoman (my third favorite oxymoron ranking behind jumbo shrimp and sanitary sewer) may deliver the mail to your home. Male or female, it doesn't matter. These folks go to work daily in any weather and we assume they will get our mail to us in a timely fashion. It cannot be easy.

Yet they seem to always be there. I am aware of the postal creed, but it still impresses me the way they do their job despite what Mother Nature throws at them. Now my carrier gets to stay in his vehicle (is that like driving left handed?) to deliver my mail along with my neighbors on our street. He will, however, have to stop and deliver door to door on part of his route and in this kind of weather... Well let's just say they deserve our hearty thanks.

The view from my seat suggests that we should not take our mail delivery service for granted, and we should take the time to thank our carriers.

Consider this, my trusty mailman, a public thank you. Now about that 80-20 split. It's 80% good mail and 20% bills, not the other way around!


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