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Postie! Where are you, Postie? You went up the other side of the road, and then never came back down our side! Does no one on our side of the road have any post today? I've got to spend today sitting at home waiting for deliveries, unable to have a shower in case I miss one, and I was hoping that you and your trusty sack would take care of lots of them. Come back, Postie! COME BACK!

Fed-Ex did bring me the new book about Georgette Heyer, though, so it's not too bad.


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Sep. 28th, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
Posties, bah. They don't show up around these parts. They bring me bills, sure, but somehow, they do not BRING ME MY STUPID PAYCHECK. I think we get post around twice a week. I thought it was just because I personally don't get a whole lot of post, but apparently, daily deliveries are no longer standard practice unless you're a business, and the post office doesn't seem to care.

They had someone on the radio from An Post last week, who argued that it would be unreasonable for residential customers to expect post to be delivered immediately. Or, like, every day. She ventured so far as to suggest that if one don't get post every day, it's probably because one is unloved.

Sep. 28th, 2005 09:55 am (UTC)
Oh, our Postie comes every day - and he was on the road! But he didn't appear on our side of it! Unless I blinked and missed him, but I was sitting next to the window. He must have gone through the shrubbery at the top of the road and headed off to other parts of the estate.

And the fuck? Residential customers aren't entitled to regular post? That's insane.
Sep. 28th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
The bastard is obviously toying with you. You may need a large box trap, baited with postie treats.
Sep. 28th, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
But Postie is usually benign! He apologises when he arrives at eight in the morning and I answer with no specs and with bed-hair! I hope he hasn't turned to the dark side.
Sep. 28th, 2005 10:30 am (UTC)
Perhaps he has an Evil Twin?
Sep. 28th, 2005 10:36 am (UTC)
Yes, apparently, especially in 'certain areas', which no doubt means working-class areas like mine. I know I don't get post every day, but when it does come, there's usually loads, suggesting that they just sit on it for days before bringing it. Also, package delivery just doesn't happen.

When I lived in Sandymount, I once waited all day for a package, only to discover, on one of my million journeys down to the front lobby, that the postie had just left a 'could not deliver' slip. I rang the sorting office in disgust to ask why he couldn't have bothered to ring the buzzer. They said, "Oh, you probably just weren't paying attention," which sent me OFF THE HANDLE, and, after explaining that I hadn't so much as gone to the toilet all morning, so afeared was I that I'd miss it, they admitted that the postman DOES NOT ACTUALLY BRING THE PACKAGES ANYWAY. I asked why it is called postal 'delivery', when they don't actually deliver anything, and they had the nerve to say that I was being unreasonable to think that someone would be bothered to lug my stupid packages all the way to my stupid house. After that, they just stopped even leaving the notices, and I ended up having to just go into the sorting office every so often, just to see if I had any packages. For real. I asked if I could complain to someone about this ridiculousness, and they laughed in my face.

As you can see, three years later, and I'm still completely livid over it. Now I just don't have anything sent to my house.

But don't get me started on FedEx and their refusal to deliver a package at all because they 'didn't want to have to find the office' in UCD. TWO WEEKS! I waited TWO WEEKS for my last FedEx, and it was only delivered after many angry phone calls from and to both sides of the Atlantic.
Sep. 28th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
Last summer I had to do that watching-for-the-postman trick, and then the thing I was waiting for came days late, and thanks to Postwatch I managed to get Royal Mail to give me ten quid compensation for the lateness. Which nearly paid for the package itself. :)
Sep. 28th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)
Oooh, that's handy! But alas I don't think we have a similar arrangement here. Bah.
Sep. 28th, 2005 10:01 am (UTC)
Postwatch is extremely handy. If you complain directly to RM, nothing happens, or maybe if you're lucky they send you a book of first-class stamps. But the Postwatch guy chased them up. The funny (?) part was that I sent the envelopes (I had two items delayed) to Postwatch to send on to RM, and then RM said 'oh, terribly sorry, we can't do anything because we don't have the envelopes' so the PW guy got all'I can assure you I DID send them' and then I got two cheques totalling £15. Which, considering that the other item was aon offprint from a friend, was more than enough. :)
Sep. 28th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
What's the Georgette Heyer book like? Is it worth ordering? I'm thinking it might be, because I have a feeling an American publisher is probably not going to pick this up, even though there's a huge Heyer fandom over here. I guess I could wait for it to come out next year in paperback if it's just so-so.
Sep. 28th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
It looks okay, but a bit disappointing - it's very "bitty". It's divided into lots and lots of different little sections, encyclopaedia style. And the "guide" to each book in the appendix just consists of the blurbs to the new editions. But I haven't started reading it properly yet, so it may be better than it looks.
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