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Subject: Maybe the book would arrive faster...
Date Posted: 1/23/2008 11:58 PM ET
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...if the mail truck weren't backing from Texas to Colorado! LOL! I just clicked on the tracking feature and it shows a little mail truck backing across the county. Sheesh! TURN AROUND, MAILMAN!! :D
Date Posted: 1/24/2008 12:22 AM ET
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yea, my latest book mailed went from central oregon to nevada, then suddenly it was in seattle on its way to arizona :-). of course the maps aren't the actual routes, but has been humorous to watch this one. at least it is facing in the right direction!!!!

 

 

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 1:49 AM ET
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Lol - the truck can be humerous, but have you ever watched the actual scans??  Some books sure take the scenic route!  I once had a book travel from one coast to the other before it landed here in the midwest...gee, maybe we wouldn't have so many postage rate increases if they conserved a little on the gas used in taking these books on a tour of the US : )

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:20 AM ET
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Can't you just hear that reverse gear whining on the interstate?

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 8:26 AM ET
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I have one in the Gulf of Mexico right now. Maybe it is checking on the PBS cruise route!

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 11:48 AM ET
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Hey!! My book is back in Texas! The little mail truck that was backing across the country was almost to Colorado Springs yesterday but today it is back in Texas. What's up with that??? :(
Date Posted: 1/25/2008 11:53 AM ET
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Well, there is the "estimated" route, which gets updated when an actual scan goes through.  My guess is the book was scanned in Texas today, which put it where it is--instead of where logic would think it was (if not the direction you'd expect).

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 1:03 PM ET
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Or it didn't want to drive through all the snow and cold! Mine that was in the Gulf on Mexico the other day is now somewhere in KS. Hope he hurries, I want that book!

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 2:12 PM ET
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I think that media mail gets routed first to a regional center where it is sorted and then sent on to its destination.  I have noticed that no matter where I am mailing to, it always gets scanned in Federal Way, WA first, which must be the regional center for the northwest (I'm in Oregon).  So if I was mailing to, say, CA, the little graphic truck would start heading south, then make a sharp detour north to Federal Way when it is scanned there.  Susan M, that's probably what happened with yours as well.  Apparently the truck graphic that represents the estimated route, as mentioned above, does not account for the regional media mail sorting centers, so you end up with some very interesting detours depicted on the routes!

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 2:51 PM ET
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I love that little truck ...lol

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 3:33 PM ET
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