According to their unofficial motto, nothing stops the US Postal Service from delivering the mail. Up until now, I haven’t had any reason to believe otherwise either. However, exactly one month ago the neighborhood mailbox I use fell over.
Since, my mail has stopped being delivered. Instead, my 14 neighbors and I have to pick up our mail at the post office. That wouldn’t be so terrible except that the mail isn’t being held at the local post office nor at the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th closest post office. In fact, in order to get to the post office holding my mail hostage I have to drive past two other USPS offices. So for the past month, rather than getting my mail delivered daily I have to leave work early once or twice a week to get there before they close and drive about 10 miles in the opposite direction to pick up an incomplete stack of mail – funnily enough even though the mail is being held AT the post office, I’m receiving bills and other items later than usual. On more than one occasion I’ve timed my pick ups with the delivery of a letter, bill, or package and low-and-behold, it hasn’t been sorted into my stack of mail yet.
To make things even more difficult, at this point there is no end in sight. The post office says that the neighborhood kids were playing near it and knocked it over so it’s not the USPS’s responsibility. The Home Owners’ Association, on the other hand, says that the box was badly rusted (which it is) and fell over due to deterioration. It’s probably a combination of both, but while each party plays the blame game, it's the neighborhood who is being inconvenienced.
They say it’s the little things that kill you. This is driving me mad!