Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Postal Whodunnit

Here's one I just don't get.

We've had a subscription to a weekly sports magazine for the past couple of years. The subscription runs through January 2007, so it's not anywhere close to expiration. We did not receive the magazine for three weeks in a row, starting with the 1st week of November issue. One missed week could simply mean it got lost in the mail, but three in a row? There had to be a reason.

So last Monday, I called the magazine company. Their records showed that the magazines had been sent out, but in good faith they extended our subscription by three weeks anyway. Then I called the post office who claimed they would "leave a note" for the carrier. Suddenly, last week's magazine showed up on Wednesday, as usual.

So what really went on here? I have trouble believing that the magazine company was lying, since they gave us the three extra weeks anyway. So what was in this magic "note to the carrier" that solved the delivery problem? Did it say "Remember those magazines we were wondering about? Turns out they should be delivered to where they were addressed after all. Go figure!". Did it say "Busted!! Looks like you'll have to start bringing the Elie family their magazines again. Too bad, we were really enjoying them here at the office".

Or what??


At 11/30/05, 11:37 AM, Blogger SS said...

Elie, Just for the record, my husband works at Mevaseret, the boys' yeshiva and "brother school" of MMY and he is fairly sure that David Katz will NOT be appearing on Letterman. But, we could be wrong...

At 11/30/05, 11:40 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Think you meant this comment for a different post - but anyhoo, yeah it sounded far fetched to me too, but that's what the girl's parents told us.

At 11/30/05, 12:48 PM, Blogger SS said...

Yeah, I did, but I didn't know if you were still checking comments for that entry. Sorry for the confusion.

At 11/30/05, 2:27 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Do my in-laws have the same post office you do? It's 08904 isn't it? I recall my father in law having some similar problem with one of his (myriad) subscriptions.

At 11/30/05, 2:29 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Yes, that's the zip. So much for the theory that high municipal taxes equate to better services.

At 11/30/05, 5:40 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

Looks like fiction and reality are one. It would not be beneath Newman of Seinfeld fame to "borrow" a magazine

At 12/1/05, 6:28 PM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

That sounds like a problem a friend of mine had. Unfortunately I suspect that it is fairly common.

At 12/1/05, 9:04 PM, Blogger Mirty said...

The local newspaper just called our house to ask if we were getting our newspaper. "What newspaper?" I said. "We haven't gotten it in months."

"Oh, you still have a subscription. We were just calling because your bill is overdue."


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