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Subject: Oregon......by way of JERSEY?
Date Posted: 7/27/2009 2:40 AM ET
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Ok, so I sent this book to New Jersey. Here is the stuff from the details page:

7/12/2009 7:00 PM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - TORRANCE,CA

7/14/2009 10:52 AM - Enroute - BELL,CA

7/17/2009 11:10 AM - Enroute - PHILADELPHIA,PA

7/20/2009 5:25 AM - Enroute - JERSEY CITY,NJ

7/20/2009 10:15 AM - Enroute - JERSEY CITY,NJ

7/26/2009 9:33 PM - Enroute - FEDERAL WAY,WA

Anyone had something along these lines happen before? I think this book is more well-travelled than I am!



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Date Posted: 7/27/2009 2:54 AM ET
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I sometimes think that media mail books get sent much like the hobo's jump on freight trains...don't know where they're going they're just going somewhere.  ;D  On the other hand I just wish that my books I sent out would get scanned somewhere...so far 3 of them haven't ever been scanned.

Ruth

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 4:00 AM ET
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Books take odd journeys sometimes.  It's their only chance to get out and see the world!  I've had them leave the midwest, go clear to the coast only to come back to the midwest again. 

Your book isn't headed back to you, is it?

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 5:41 AM ET
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Oh yes, the whacky journeys of Media Mail lol!

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 1:28 PM ET
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It's headed to Oregon, so the fact that it is Washington is a pretty good sign!
Date Posted: 7/27/2009 1:56 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/27/2009 2:07 PM ET
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Oh, wow.  That's amazing!  It's just a curious little book - just wanting to see the world and explore!  I haven't had anything like that happen to me before, but I have had a book stay in Dallas for a week before it left the mail facility there.  I'm located near Austin, and usually it only takes a day or two for it to scan in Dallas, but this one was exceptionally lengthier!  At least it got to its recipient soon after it left Dallas!  It's just crazy because sometimes I'll send a book from here (in Central Texas) to California and it'll get there in two days, but I can send a book within the state and it'll take like five to six!  That's why I pretty much always mail with PBS DC to see if the book is headed in the right direction.  :)

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 5:06 PM ET
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LOL   Hey, that's coming to me!

First time I've had a book with DC take the 'sceneic' route.  I was telling DH about it last night.  :-)

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 5:10 PM ET
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Federal Way is a big shipping area.  Once it gets there, don't be surprised to see it sit for a bit. :)   I live in the Porland area and have had books sit in Federal Way for  a week.  They wait until they have a full shipment until sending off.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 5:10 PM ET
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I had a DVD from the sister site (coming 1st class mind you) get mailed in TX, Austin I think.  It scanned "Enroute" five times down there before leaving the city and finally gettting to me three days later.

Considering the sheer volume the PO handles, this probably happens somewhat often but if you don't have DC or it's not scanned, you never know.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 5:11 PM ET
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Yep, that's true too.  But I'm happy to see it's made it back to the right side of the country at least...

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 6:16 PM ET
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I do think misroutes have been more common recently.  I just got some books today that went from OR to CA...by way of MI.  Ooops.

I have a Box o Books I'm expecting...they left GA for CA and went to NJ..it appears they are headed back to GA so I'm decidedly confused, sigh.

It's true enough, though, that we only know about these ones because of the DCs...if only the packages could talk. ;-)

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 7:02 PM ET
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Hey Kimberly, I debated long and hard about whether or not I should PM you and tell you that I have NO idea what in the heck happened to your book. LOL Then, I panicked and thought that I must have used a mailer from someone else. Here's hoping that the USPS can find Oregon!
Date Posted: 7/27/2009 8:39 PM ET
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It's okay, Gr8Smokies.  I've been here long enough to know that the books get here when they get here.

I've already gotten one of the 'reminder' emails from the site asking if the book has arrived yet.  LOL  That would be no.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 11:31 PM ET
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I just had one too that was headed from me in Minnesota to Idaho. Just a hop, skip and a jump across the mountains, right? Hah! Somehow it ended up in Tucson, Arizona...was scanned there as "arrival at unit" and then later as "missent" and hopefully is on the way to Idaho now. No new scans. I think the driver of the little truck has been hitting the hooch again! LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 4:19 PM ET
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All's well that ends well...the book arrived here today.  I think it's had a better vacation than I've had in a few years.  LOL  I've never been to Jersey.  Or Philly for that matter.

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 2:17 AM ET
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I think I see what happened...  Most Jersey City zips start with 073, though one is actually 07097.  Kimberly, the zip for your town is 97030.  How much do you want to bet the automated sorting scanner misread that 97030 and somehow came up with a zip for Jersey City?

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 3:17 AM ET
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That's one possibly but I think the automated stuff they use for scanning got 'tricked' so to speak.  I PMed with Gr8Smokies after it arrived and part of my PM to her said:

"I think it took the side trip because the address was going up & down (if the spine was the bottom) putting the DC number along the bottom. Since everything is machine read if at all possible and the last 5 numbers in the DC were 09206, all the automated stuff tried to read that as an east code zip."

Many of the zips in NJ also start with 082 so if the machine misread the 9 as an 8, that would explain the trip to NJ.

Notice how we are blaming it all on the automated system?  There's something to be said for the personal touch.  :-)

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 4:11 AM ET
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Ah... that makes even more sense.  09206 isn't a valid zipcode, but the 092xx range is used for APO and DPO zips, and they all go through Jersey City for transfer to the military.  :)

 

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 1:52 PM ET
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If I wrap myself, put the label on that way, and mail myself, do you think I would end up in Jersey? I seriously need a vacation.
Date Posted: 7/30/2009 2:14 PM ET
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Yeah, I suppose you could, but there are easier ways of joining the Army, and I don't recommend it as a vacation.  :)

 

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 4:47 PM ET
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LOL @ Gr8Smokies

Yeah, this book has had the vacation I haven't had in about, oh, um....three years?  Of course, we took the kids (4 yrs & 8 mos at the time) on the last one...so I don't know that I'd call it a vacation.

Ah, I didn't even think of the APO zips.  Yes, that makes much more sense.

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 11:25 PM ET
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Bernhard,

For sure the army would not take me. I've indulged in the dessert arts a little too much!

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 1:53 AM ET
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The best adventure a book of mine took was in coming from MN.  It was pretty slow crossing the country, but finally made it to the CA/Nevada state line.  Well, wouldn't you know it - it stayed in Lake Tahoe for a week!!!  Then that little guy just snapped back to Minnesota in one evening.  I figured it had made its fortune and was taking it home.  Pretty soon it went lost (I had expected that - figured it headed for Canada.)  Two days after going lost, it shows up FINALLY in my mailbox.  Penniless, I might add.  But for all that, it was still in excellent condition and I welcomed it with open arms anyway!    :)   D.

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 2:06 AM ET
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Sure it wasn't a 2 volume set that went for a quickie divorce?  ;)

 

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