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Old 10-12-06, 04:12 PM
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Postman - Walking vs Riding - Puzzled....

Ok, I got a question. Where I live (in a development off a main road) our postman walks the route (parks his ride, walks down road, moves ride, and so on)..

Our mailbox is attached to our house as is everyone elses in our neighborhood, hence he has to walk up and put our mail in.

When I lived with my parents (similar situation - development off a main road) our mailboxes were at the end of the driveways and the postman drove his route.

What's the dilly?
Old 10-12-06, 04:16 PM
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If the mailboxes are atteched to the houses, the mailman walks through the yards to deliver the mail. If mailboxes are on the street he drives. Each way is probably the easiest in each situation.
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But why attach mailboxes to the houses? What makes us so damned better that the postman must walk instead of us?
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HOA sometimes.....
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
HOA sometimes.....
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Originally Posted by tbird2340
After some googling...

Acronym Definition
HOA Hackers of America
HOA Hand - Off - Auto (switch)
HOA Hand Off Accept
HOA Hand Osteoarthritis
HOA Head of the Operating Administration
HOA Heads of Agreement
HOA Hearing Office Administrator
HOA Heavy Observation Aircraft
HoA High on ASCII (ASCII art group)
HOA High Order Assembler
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HOA Horse of the Americas
HoA Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Gaming Clan)
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HoA Horsemen of the Apocalypse <--------- that one.....
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postman gets paid by the US govt to deliver the mail.
you get diddly squat for picking up the mail.
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
HoA Horsemen of the Apocalypse <--------- that one.....
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Originally Posted by HN
postman gets paid by the US govt to deliver the mail.
you get diddly squat for picking up the mail.
Thanks.. Now how is that relevant to my question?
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Originally Posted by tbird2340
Thanks.. Now how is that relevant to my question?
I was responding to this...
Originally Posted by tbird2340
But why attach mailboxes to the houses? What makes us so damned better that the postman must walk instead of us?
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Not all homes can have a mailbox right on the street. I don't think its even considered part of your property in some instances, is it? Also, there may be parked cars along the street, so no matter what, the letter carrier will have to get out at some point.
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When I first clicked on this thread, the bottom of the J in the Sponsored Link Add was cut off, and it looked like "Toke of the Day"

thats it.
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Just from personal experience it seems that mailboxes attached to the house are mostly (if not exclusively) on older houses (possibly pre-1960's?)

With newer and larger neighborhoods being built mailboxes have been placed on the street - or in the case of really new neighborhoods, they're clustered in one large box at the end of the street.

I blame progress for destroying man's close bond with the mailman.
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Man.. I got no good answer.. There must be a reason to this madness! Our house was built in 1969 so N/A to the pre 60's..
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Our postman walks also. Every house on my street has no driveway so cars park out front by the curb. Therefore my guess is that it's just easier to have mailboxes on the house and for the postman just to walk and deliver the mail. I asked him onetime how much he walks a day. 8 miles.
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By the way, if you have a mailbox on the street and someone is parked in front of it, the mailman has the right to skip your mailbox and go to the next one. Sometimes, they'll deliver it anyway and leave you a nice note that the car needs to be moved.
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Each mail route is divided into "loops", not necessarily circular. The carrier parks the truck at the beginning of the loop and has the mail for the entire loop in his bag, all organized. He begins at the first house on the loop and by the time his bag is empty, he should be at the truck again. He then might do another loop from the same spot but in a different direction, or he may drive his truck to the next loop, depending on the route. Have you ever noticed numbers and letters written on one of your pieces of mail? It might say "13C", that means that your mail was on the top of the third bundle (hence the C) of the 13th loop. If there is an "X" following the "13C" that means it is the last bundle for the 13th loop.
If a loop is inconvenient to do on foot, then it is known as a "drive loop", so the carrier will use the truck instead. By inconvenient, I mean that the carrier spends too much time walking without delivering. That's known as "deadwalking".
Some routes, especially those closest to the post office, don't even have trucks. The carrier must carry the mail. Obviously, he can't carry an entire route's worth of mail, so that's what those big green mailboxes are for. They are relay boxes, and a driver will drop off loops of mail so the carrier doesn't need to return to the post office every time his bag is empty. Just like the truck, he starts at a relay box, and when his bag is empty, he should be back at the box, or a different relay box.
That was long-winded, and I don't even know if I've answered your question.
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Originally Posted by collven
By the way, if you have a mailbox on the street and someone is parked in front of it, the mailman has the right to skip your mailbox and go to the next one. Sometimes, they'll deliver it anyway and leave you a nice note that the car needs to be moved.
Yep. Our neighbor sometimes parks in front of our house. We get no mail on those days.
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In my area it has something to do with incorporated vs. unincorporated city/township. Incorporated=house mailboxes. Unincorporated=street mailboxes.

Newer homes are usually built on land that is unincorporated township so they get mailboxes on the street.
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Originally Posted by tbird2340
Ok, I got a question. Where I live (in a development off a main road) our postman walks the route (parks his ride, walks down road, moves ride, and so on)..

Our mailbox is attached to our house as is everyone elses in our neighborhood, hence he has to walk up and put our mail in.

When I lived with my parents (similar situation - development off a main road) our mailboxes were at the end of the driveways and the postman drove his route.

What's the dilly?
Better quwestion.. Why do they always deliver other peoples mail in my mailbox and mine in a mailbox accross down. Why do I always get magazines in the mail that look like they've thrown them on the groung and danced all over them?
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Originally Posted by movieguru
Better quwestion.. Why do they always deliver other peoples mail in my mailbox and mine in a mailbox accross down. Why do I always get magazines in the mail that look like they've thrown them on the groung and danced all over them?

Because you suck lol!

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