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Old 08-04-2022, 09:54 PM
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Today I reached a new level in the hobby, which involved me chasing down the mailman at the next mail station in my complex after he placed my box in the wrong person's mail locker I did it just in time, as he was about to leave! I saw the delivery notification but didn't have a box. Thankfully, all is well; I did NOT want that plant to spend the next week getting shuffled around in the heat and between mail carriers!

It was a good thing that I found him in time - I finally got my hands on a 4N C. Triumphans from H&R, via Peter Lin. Those things are hard to find!

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has resorted to more extreme matters to ensure my plants get to me safely and tell me your similar episodes!

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Old 08-04-2022, 11:05 PM
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Today I reached a new level in the hobby, which involved me chasing down the mailman at the next mail station in my complex after he placed my box in the wrong person's mail locker I did it just in time, as he was about to leave! I saw the delivery notification but didn't have a box. Thankfully, all is well; I did NOT want that plant to spend the next week getting shuffled around in the heat and between mail carriers!

It was a good thing that I found him in time - I finally got my hands on a 4N C. Triumphans from H&R, via Peter Lin. Those things are hard to find!

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has resorted to more extreme matters to ensure my plants get to me safely and tell me your similar episodes!

David
That's amateur hour! I was waiting on a shipment from Ecuagenera that for some reason. went from the distribution center in Lancaster PA to the PO in Birdsboro on a Friday. I live in Schuylkill county over an hour away, so I called the PO that had the package, told them to hold it instead of sending it on and drove there to pick it up.
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Old 08-05-2022, 01:51 AM
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In July one year on a 113 F / 45C day I got an E-mail saying my plants had just been delivered. They weren't outside my house. I looked at the E-mail again. The delivery address had two numbers transposed, to what would have been two blocks away. I walked in that direction and realized there is no such address. A lot of houses here have semi-enclosed entries not fully visible from the street. Most of my neighbors have security cameras at the front door. I walked up to the doors of multiple houses before finding my package with a camera pointed at it. I rang and knocked for some time without answer. I picked up my package and walked home. Two plants had some heat damage.

The vendor hand wrote my address incorrectly. That vendor has switched to printing address labels directly from the Web site ordering address.

I was never contacted by the police.
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Old 08-05-2022, 07:39 AM
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I have never chased down a postal worker for a delivery, but have done so for shipments: more than once, in fact.
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not quite 'orchids' but along a similar theme, I wrote this for my local forum about 6 months ago:

Another of my little adventures today which test my Spanish!

All the prunings from my garden get placed in cubic metre builders bags, bags go outside the gate, local goat farmer collects on his way past, feeds goats, returns bags over gate. System has worked well for some years.

This week I've put out 5 bags and only had 1 returned. Strange I thought. Used my last 2 bags this morning and kept fingers crossed that they would be returned promptly as I still have loads to do post calima.

Went off to chemist and as I drove back into the village the Ayuntamiento (council) open back truck that they collect large rubbish in was going in the opposite direction. Hold on, they've got my garden bags on board! Did a quick illegal u-turn and sped after the truck. Tooted and flashed to no avail. It turned out onto main road, me still in hot pursuit but behaving myself on the main road. Turned uphill (steep) towards Vallebron. Started tooting and flashing again and it eventually pulled over just before the first hairpin going up the mountain. Guys got out looking a bit annoyed. I explained in my very best Spanish that they had taken goat food, not rubbish, and I wanted it back! After a moment they burst out laughing and helped me stuff the bags into my Rav4. Another u-turn and off home. I think the other bags had been collected by the Ayuntamiento during the week, never to be seen again! Now all my bags have messages written in indelible marker to the effect that they are not rubbish!
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One of our three standard poodles, Marley McFly, is a fence climber. We've given up, and he fortunately always stays close to the house.

We have a long driveway, about 150 with circle drive. When the USPS, UPS or FedEx guy deliver packages, they always bring to our front porch and leave on the glider. Marley always accompanies me to retrieve mail and packages, and gets to carry anything he can get his mouth around back into the house.

A couple of months ago, I hear someone shouting by driveway. Look outside... Marley has jumped the fence, and he and the postman are tugging back and forth on one of those Amazon white plastic envelopes. I run outside, and say "It's okay! He's just used to bringing in the mail for me!"

Guy yells back at me... "I already left your mail on the porch! This d*mned dog got in my truck while I was delivering and stole a package outta my truck!"

Marley let go of the package, I apologized. We laughed and no federal mail charges were launched. Now the guy always brings my mail to the glider, rubber-banded together, and leaves a little dog treat on top.
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These are great! HAH!

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