Recently, while in Olympia, Washington, I took advantage of a great post-Christmas sale. Most of my purchases came home with me, but the jacket featured below, had to be ordered from the other side of the US. I still had 10 days left in my visit and since the company used Fed Ex, I thought I might have the jacket before I left to go back home to Vancouver Island.
I was looking forward to receiving this cuddly sweater-jacket with the hoodie lining that felt like a Gund stuffed animal, SO soft! On Dec. 28, 2015, I was given a tracking number and followed its journey from the state of Georgia, or maybe it was South Carolina, across the country. Four days later, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the sweater stopped for a rest. It seems the weather was more than it could handle. It was advised not to travel while extreme flooding and mud slides cut off highways. So it rested in Cheyenne for several days. The weather improved but the sweater stayed put. Cheyenne, Wyoming must be a wonderful place because the sweater didn’t want to leave there for nearly a week.
At last it was told to either buy a house and settle down, or move on. It moved on and was very close to Olympia the day before I had to leave to go home. When it arrived, just hours after I had to leave without it, my sister-in-law graciously agreed to mail it to me. I had left her some money to cover her costs – I thought!
She went to the nearest postal outlet to mail it and was told the postage would cost her $60. I had only paid about half that (on sale) for the sweater. The postal workers tried to be helpful and suggested repackaging it. Still, it would cost $45. At another postal outlet, they told my sister-in-law it would cost $22. At this point she decided to pay it for the parcel’s eight-hour trip to my house.
And now, the sweater must have had a hissy-fit. It left for another tour of the continent, without me in it.
|Date and Time||Location||Status|
|Mon 1/11/2016 12:06 pm||OLYMPIA, WA 98516||Shipping Label Created|
|Mon 1/11/2016 5:17 pm||LACEY, WA 98503||Shipment Picked Up|
|Tue 1/12/2016 9:33 am||OLYMPIA, WA 98516||Accepted at USPS Origin Sort Facility|
|Tue 1/12/2016 10:48 am||KENT, WA 98032||Arrived at USPS Facility|
|Tue 1/12/2016 6:26 pm||KENT, WA 98032||Departed USPS Facility|
|Thu 1/14/2016 10:44 am||LOS ANGELES, CA 90009||Arrived at USPS Facility|
|Thu 1/14/2016 11:07 am||ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS)||Arrived at Sort Facility|
|Thu 1/14/2016 6:54 pm||LOS ANGELES, CA 90009||Departed USPS Facility|
|Fri 1/15/2016 4:07 am||ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS)||Processed Through Sort Facility|
|Fri 1/15/2016 6:55 pm||Los Angeles, UNITED STATES||Arrived|
|Fri 1/15/2016 11:17 pm||Los Angeles, UNITED STATES||Departed|
|Sat 1/16/2016 11:30 pm||Detroit, UNITED STATES||Departed|
|Sun 1/17/2016 5:27 am||Toronto, CANADA||Departed|
|Tue 1/19/2016 1:31 pm||CANADA||Processed Through Sort Facility|
Did the postal people even read the label? Hello? I’m a day’s drive away. No wonder it cost so much to send the parcel. It went for a tour of the country first before coming home. There is a Customs office at the border crossing near Vancouver, BC, just 200 miles from Olympia. I can almost throw a rock to Vancouver. Why did it have to go to Toronto, 2723 miles away?
I do have to give the postal service credit though. After sending the parcel all the way to Toronto, almost on the other side of the country, it only took three days to come back. So from Dec. 28, 2015, it took until January 22, 2016 for this sweater to arrive at its destination. Eleven of those days were spent doing what for me was only an eight-hour drive.
As a friend suggested, if I had known the sweater would become such a traveler, I would have asked it to send me postcards from all the exotic locations it passed as it detoured around the continent.