We are becoming Post Office Conniseurs.
First of all, I smartly ordered all of my boxes and forms from USPS.com. However, I stupidly didn't allow enough time for them to be delivered. Monday evening I was still boxless, and running like crazy. When all was said and done, my shipping supplies came from Post Offices in Champaign, Savoy, Tolono and Urbana. Lesson learned; I won't do THAT again!
Also, I've learned that calling ahead is much appreciated. It's good to go when every window is open. Seriously, you just try bringing 70 boxes to the counter when there are only 2 clerks working, and see how much love you get from the people behind you that just need to buy one lousy stamp.
Not much, that's how much.
Andy was our lucky clerk today. He has a niece in Baghdad right now, and contributes to weekly care packages for her.
My secretary, Clint, helped me get Customs Forms together that I thought I'd already finished. My bad.
Here are a few of the boxes we wheeled in.
See those customers behind me? They are happy customers, oh, so happy to be in line behind us.
"Why?" you ask
"Why?" you ask
I gambled this morning: I put this note and a tray full of home-made brownies at the counter, in hopes that it would appease those grouchier, more pressed-for-time customers.
Chocolate and a gentle explanation worked like magic. We didn't encounter one cross word this morning. We chatted, we laughed. We shook hands and passed business cards around. People asked me for flyers—and the brownie recipe. They patted my shoulder, and thanked us for all we do.
It was almost sad when it was time for us to go. I gathered up my bag of labels, and announced "We're taking our brownies and we're going home now. Last chance!" Clint carried the tray down the long line of customers still waiting. A few hedged, then got out of line to grab one before we left.
One clerk yelled "Bye, Mrs. Toys for Troops Lady!!"
Sniff. Bye-bye Post-Office People. I'll miss you.
Oh...and uh, pencil me in for December 8. I'll be back with more boxes.
And brownies. Definitely, brownies.