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September 9, 2010 - Deb Gau
"Could you mail this for me while we're gone?" my mom asked me while she and Dad were getting ready to spend the week at the lake. The package in question was a scrapbook page Mom had put together for some friends of the family. "Just make sure it's in one of those cardboard envelopes."
No problem, I thought. I can walk down the street and do that over my lunch break. Oh, was I wrong! Alas, my reliance on e-mail and postage-paid reply envelopes has left me completely out of touch with the ins and outs of the post office.
My first clue that something was wrong should have been that the scrapbook page was about a 10 by 10-inch square. Try finding an envelope that fits that size. There were mailing boxes available that fit, but they were still way too deep - the page might flop around inside and get scuffed or bent.
Luckily, the clerks saw me looking at the box display in utter helplessness, and suggested flattening one of the smaller boxes and taping up the flaps. They even lent me their roll of official Postal Service tape for the job. Crisis averted.
Long story short: Thank you, staff of the Marshall Post Office, for putting up with a dummy of a customer like me.
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