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Subject: AE addresses
Date Posted: 8/9/2009 12:05 PM ET
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I gather that addresses with AE as the seller's/requester's state are like APO/FPO postal addresses, but wondered whether this covers everywhere that US military personnel and families are stationed. I have a book coming from an AE sender and wondered whether I might get to read it any time soon. I realize that this is in the control of the postal persons, so this is really just idle curiosity on my part. The little truck in the PBS graphic, which I realize from other posts is not really to be relied on, thinks the book is already as far as Alabama - seems unlikely in just a few days.
Date Posted: 8/9/2009 12:06 PM ET
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It will take a while if it's going Media Mail.  It may even go "lost" - but don't give up on it.  They almost always come eventually.

Ruth

 

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 12:19 PM ET
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Edited by PBS Team.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 12:32 PM ET
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It could very well be in Alabama.  I have mailed books, using Media Mail, from my address which is AE, and have had them arrive within 7 days.

It does happen.

Good luck, and I hope you get your book soon

Leigh

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 8:36 PM ET
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Thanks for the clarification. At least I now know which direction it's coming from. Now I'm wondering how the second post above (between Ruth and Leigh) says it came from me, but I didn't write it. Hmmm...
Date Posted: 8/9/2009 8:37 PM ET
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LOL - Maybe you have another personality Margaret that took over ;)  That is strange - if you didn't post it who did???

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 8:51 PM ET
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As the cartoon kids say ' Not me, Not me.' There's nobody else in this house except cats, and I suppose if their techno-skills were up to computer entry, they'd be doing other things than answering my question (good answer, too) - ordering cases of caviar and salmon, probably. I hope this doesn't mean some mystery person has access to the rest of my account as if it was me.
Date Posted: 8/9/2009 9:47 PM ET
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AE is Armed Forces Europe, which also includes parts of Africa and the Middle East.



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PBSTeam - PaperBackSwap Team
Date Posted: 8/9/2009 9:49 PM ET
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We are very sorry! We were trying something new this morning and somehow managed to create a forum post above that seemed to come from Margaret. Here's what we meant to say...

AE stands for "Armed Forces Europe" and it's used for APO/FPO/DPO addresses on the other side of the Atlantic, including those in the Middle East and Africa. If your mail had been traveling to someone based in the Far East, you'd see AP -- "Armed Forces Pacific" -- as the state. The city would still be APO, FPO or DPO though.

Margaret -- we sincerely apologize for the mix-up. We didn't mean to put words in your mouth!

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 11:25 PM ET
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ROFL --Margaret -  at least the cats aren't taking over computer ;)

Subject: Heehee
Date Posted: 8/10/2009 12:26 AM ET
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Thanks for the clarifcation, PBS team. That's a relief. Jubead - well, they feel they're in charge of the rest of the place, so no doubt I'll come over to this end of the room someday, hear furry feet scurrying away, and find CuteKitty.com still up on the screen..,.
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Date Posted: 8/10/2009 1:46 AM ET
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Hey didn't you see the post (I think it was in CMT) with the guy who claimed that his cats were responsible for the child porn on his computer?

Watch out for the those shipments of cavair and salmon maybe a bit of catnip too.

Yep, had to find it:.  This was on CMT and has a link to the story of those techo phobe cats.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=175544



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Date Posted: 8/10/2009 8:47 AM ET
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Thanks, Geri. I'll have to wait till there are no cats watching before I click on the link - wouldn't want to give them any new ideas.
Subject: That strange little truck with my AE book
Date Posted: 8/13/2009 11:02 PM ET
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When I checked it this morning, the truck was somewhere near the base of the Texas Panhandle - Lubbock, perhaps. Tonight it's back East, in Southern Pennsylvania, with no looping around or anything. I guess it's stuck in reverse. ;-} Now I'm interested to see if tomorrow it'll be out in the Atlantic and is really an amphibious vehicle.
Date Posted: 8/13/2009 11:23 PM ET
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Yeah - that little truck was 1/2 to my house and turned around and went back from it came from and started heading west - I live east :)  If you click on and have sound in your computer - it honks.  Self entertainment.   Except make sure the cats aren't around - mine  protested at the sound - hissed a good hiss



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Date Posted: 8/13/2009 11:40 PM ET
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Media Mail travels Media mail inside the US... once it reaches the first military sorting stationit is reclassified "SAM",, which means Space Available Mail.  which means when they find room for it on the container ship (yes it sometimes is a boat, but not usually.), then it goes.  It's not the senders fault.  If they sent it when they were supposed to, it has to travel through all the military processing stations until it gets to NY, then goes out Media Mail from tehre.  Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 1:20 AM ET
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I didn't mean that the truck's strange route was in any way the sender's fault, just that I thought it was funny it had reached a point so near its destination, then gone considerably backwards. I do realize that it's just something that PBS provides for our amusement. (And I'm eagerly awaiting its location as of tomorrow, so I'd say PBS is definitely keeping me amused.)
Tina D. (tinad) - ,
Date Posted: 8/14/2009 10:43 AM ET
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I had ordered a book from a member with an AE address (military address) - it was shipped on the 6th and I received it on the 12th!  After reading some of the posts regarding AE addresses, I was prepared to wait for a while before receiving it but I was pleasantly surprised as to how quickly it came.

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 10:49 AM ET
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we are at the mercy of the post office and when AE we are at the mercy of the government - hmmm a pattern :) 

I wouldn't bother me at all I waited what 5-6 weeks for a book to HI and I just got a request from PR - so I am sure that is going to take for every too...that is the way the cookie crumbles.

I do love looking at the truck though.  Minutes after I marked a book mailed I took a look at the truck (LOL) it was half way to it's destination.