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Going Postal


Blue: Inspired By Natsuki

I mailed this hand-drawn postcard today. The clerks at the post office were... I think "bemused" ("... to have feelings of wry or tolerant amusement") would be the appropriate word.

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sjonsvenson
Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
So ... in America mailmen wear a uniform-dress, with high laced boots and deliver mail with a scateboard? :thinking:

...

Do you have pictures from the time you worked at the mail? :unsure:

:lol:
davidd
Jul. 24th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Curiously, although I worked for the postal service for nearly seven years, half of that time in Oregon and half in Hawaii, I do not have any photos of myself in my postal uniform or on the job. For those years I was not very active in photography at all. I suspect, as I think about it, that I was simply too tired (like you, sixty hour weeks for most of that time) and too unhappy to have the energy for taking photos.

Many of the female postal carriers wear skirts, although the boots aren't quite as tall as those in the drawing, and lack the raised heels. And skateboards are more of a hazard than a practical delivery tool -- skateboards left unattended on walkways, paths, stairs, and sidewalks can be a real danger to pedestrians, especially those in a hurry and carrying heavy loads.

Some postal carriers would jest that skateboards or "Heely" skate shoes would allow for faster delivery. The postal service even talked at one point of investing in Segway transporters. The sad reality, however, is that U.S. sidewalks and overall pedestrian infrastructure are too rough, damaged, and incomplete to make either skateboards or Segways practical for postal delivery.
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