Uptown is getting mail regularly and they are going to start processing bulk rate mail this week so people like Craig are getting magazines again. At work we have been trying to send our members mailings but we get a lot returned to us as undeliverable. We have to cull the database based on this information.
I like trying to decipher the various different secret codes the post office is using to describe the undeliverability of mail. Fowarding expired, vacant, etc. Some neighborhoods are beginning to get cluster boxes installed. They are about one per block, it helps save the post office on manpower but this seems like one daunting task on top of another until they are all installed. The people I have talked to aren’t happy with the idea of cluster boxes but it’s much better than having to go to the warehouse and wait in line.
Many residents have to go to this postal facility to get mail. Today, I took my neighbor, Ella, over there to show her how it goes. You get there and put your name and address on a piece of paper and wait for them to go back into the warehouse and hunt down your address and then maybe you’ll actually get something. I have sent mail to an address to see if it gets there to test it out and try to get it consistently but so far this week I have gotten nothing. Ella got an important piece of mail from the government that she was waiting for, so that was worth the trouble. Ella’s an older woman on disability. She’s still waiting on electricity but she’s moved all her stuff back from Arkansas and she’s feeling pretty beat down right now. The postal facility is close to the Fairgrounds, we saw people carrying their festival gear in their festive wear as we were leaving. We felt the need to go home an soak in the bathtub.