How many mistakes….

…by the US Postal Service did it take for this to wind up in our mailbox this morning?

The envelope is from an inmate at a California state prison and is addressed to (sic):

Mr. John A. Clarke
Executive Office/Clerk of the Administratively Unified Courts
North Valley District
San Fernando, Calif. 91340

I have Xed out the street address so weirdos won’t wind up at my door. But the street address is the ONLY thing that was correct about this winding up at my house. HTF did this wind up in New Orleans when all the ZIP codes are correct?

I know, I know. But this might explain why my (already paid-for) copies of Smithsonian Magazine have stopped arriving. Perhaps they’re going to a courthouse in San Fernando, Calif.

I also get mail for a farm co-op that has never been at this address. And, once a month or so, I get what appears to be an investment account statement for this same street address IN NEW YORK FREAKING CITY. This is can understand, since a 1 and a 7 can look alike to some machines. But damn.

I’ll just toss this one back in the mailbox with the others. But has anyone else noticed the increasing scarcity of mailboxes around town? There used to be one on Magazine in front of Mayan Import (the cigar place), but it’s been shut down. There are virtually no mailboxes anymore in the Lower Garden District, meaning we have to take outgoing mail up to Louisiana Ave. or drop it off if we happen to be downtown.

Ain’t right, I tell ya.

9 Comments so far

  1. liprap (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 8:20 pm

    Yeah, there are no mailboxes in the ‘hood. What happened, I wonder? Did mailpersons here lobby to keep the boxes off their routes so’s they wouldn’t have to deal with unloading them?

  2. Laureen (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

    I have found only three mailboxes.

    1)Harrison Ave, way at the end near JP line. Weird outpost.

    2) Uptown at Pine St and St. Charles Ave but the other day I went to put two letters in there and it was jammed full, so I didn’t.

    3) I have just recently seen one more uptown but I can’t remember where, it might be on St. Charles.

    Something is very wrong for the inmate who is depending on that letter arriving in a timely fashion, quelle horreur ! You really have some twilight zone mail stuff happening.

  3. Kapaali (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 4:39 am

    It’s not a New Orleans thing–the USPS is removing blue mailboxes all over, and has been doing so for a while now. Apparently they are not cost-efficient. There used to be one up the block from me that I used frequently because I don’t want to clip my mail to my mailbox. I’ve had both incoming and outgoing mail stolen that way. Maybe if enough people complain we can get some of the blue boxes back? I won’t hold my breath, though.

  4. Joel (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 9:57 pm

    I’ve just simply resigned myself to driving to the post office everytime I want to mail something. It s*cks.

  5. JAUG (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 11:42 am

    Guess they are afraid someone might bomb them or worse, decorate them with gray blobs.

  6. H (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 11:56 am

    following up on Lauren’s post above, the 3rd box she mentioned is on St. Charles in front of Loyola’s campus, basically across the street from Audubon Park.

  7. Heather (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

    I think they got rid of the mailboxes because the postal workers simply weren’t emptying them. I used to use one on St. Charles by the 1-10 overpass on the Uptown side and I realized my mail was sitting in the box for 3 days at a time! Better to take it to a post office or a business where their mail is picked up regularly…

  8. Jack Ware (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 8:44 am

    Snail Mail is dead – long live the internet!!

    Mail boxes are going the way of the public pay phone. By that I mean, they have to be used enough to justify the cost of servicing and maintaining them. I lost my checkbook months ago and realized I was only writing one check a month if that. And even that one I could easily avoid. And as for letters and other bullshit – pu-lease, I haven’t had a land line phone in 10 years, so why would I use an even older technology and write a letter?

    Snail Mail is Dead!

  9. Funky Karma (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

    I thought Las Cruces, New Mexico had the worst mail delivery in the US. We routinly get Christmas cards, sent from 2 blocks away, in May. Utility bills 3 months after service is shut of, and credit card bills long after late charges are applied. The only way to stay ahead of this is to pay everything online, saves time anyway- no need to open mail.

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