Monday, September 20, 2010

A Day & A Life by SusanNeedleHands

The Search for Mail Boxes Etc.

Today's mission was to get Linda's water bottle carrier
(like it? You can get one like it at my shop) shipped
off to England. Linda is one of the leaders of the
Collaborators in Cahoots team I belong to on Etsy,
who makes lovely greeting cards and other interesting
art items. You can check out her card shop here and
her art shop here.

According to Google Maps, I had the choice of
walking to the post office downtown, or 2.2
miles to the Mail Boxes, Etc. in a part of town
I had not visited yet. I chose to visit the unvisited.

First, the directions had me go uphill, only to then go
downhill, over dirt and gravel roads and that was just
the first part. Upon arriving (probably 45 minutes later)
at the street, I realized I hadn't written down the
address or phone number of the shop, and it was
nowhere to be found.

I walked up the street and started asking. First, a guy
who worked at the sporting goods shop who was
setting up a camp tent display outdoors on the grass:
"I just moved back here after being away for three
years, but I think it used to be across the
street by that blue roof over there..."

Next, a girl pushing carts at the Safeway (yup,
that's inside the Safeway--you know you're on
the road to Mt. Bachelor when there's a ski
lift inside the grocery store): "Sorry, I just moved
here a month ago. Let's go inside and ask the

The manager: "Nope, never heard of a Mail
Boxes, Etc. around here."

Finally, having resigned myself to the fact that
my quest for postal services would have to be
put off until tomorrow when I am back downtown
for my yoga class, I decided to stop in at
Baldy's BBQ for lunch (having read online that they
have the best ribs in town), even though it was
only 11:20.

Lunch was goood, but even better was the
fact that the waitress knew where the
Mail Boxes, Etc. was!

After my yummy lunch of ribs, garlic mashers,
and coleslaw, I was ready to reembark on my
original mission. I followed the waitress's
directions, and sure enough, there it was,
hiding behind the U.S. Bank being newly
constructed in front of it, the Mail Boxes, Etc.

The very friendly staff got my package marked for
customs and posted for me. Mission accomplished!