Monday, July 13, 2009
I just had THE most delightful conversation with the postal man behind the counter at my post office. I handed him my journal, addressed, taped and ready to make it's journal from the Southern United States all the way up to the Great Lakes.
He, postal employee, picked up the journal and looked at the ends, which were not taped -- they were hoping for a little wear and tear on their travels - and he voiced his concern over it's safety. I told him that the book was called "Wreck This Journal" and that it could handle some wear and tear...but if he insisted, I had some tape in my purse and I could tape it some more.
He asked if I needed it sent next day? He assured me that it would get the best treatment going Next Day Air. I told him that I'd prefer just First Class. I told him that I'd send it book rate, but I needed it to arrive in a week.
He put WTJ on the postal scale and he let out this giant sigh - "It's too heavy to go first class, it'll need to go Priority. Here fill out this address label," as he slid a label and a pen at me, "and I'll get a nice envelope to put the book into."
I said, "We'll just send it this way. No need for an envelope. The book is up for a little adventure."
He said, "But I have to put a sticker or two on it."
I said, "Great! The more the merrier!"
He sighed and asked me to place the Priority Mail stickers on WTJ. I did, one on each side. Then he printed off a metered stamp, which bummed me out because I forgot to tell him I wanted regular stamps. shoot. The funny thing though, he did not ask if I had anything fragile, liquid or perishable in my book. I would have said no, but I would have had to think about it a second!
Journal baby is now in the hands of the United States Postal Service.
It's making it's way to Michigan, to my Mother's home, where I will be arriving in two days. I thought this was a very interesting way to mail it to myself, mailing it from my home and sending it to where I will be traveling! It's about 1200 miles door to door. Quite a journey for such a young book.
Exciting stuff, huh? I bet you're on the edge of your seat wondering how this will turn out! I'll let you know when it arrives and I'll take lots of photos.
Have a great week!
Edited 7/17/2009 (Friday) - The journal arrived in my mother's mailbox, safe and sound, yesterday. It might have even been cleaner than when it left! There wasn't a scratch on it. My niece and I are going to be doing quite a bit of wrecking this week, so I'll be taking lots of photos of that.
I'm a part of Jamie's Next Chapter group and I encourage you to see all of the fabulous journal wrecking going on over there. Thanks for stopping by, it's great having you.