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Subject: So, I'm tracking a book coming to me.
Date Posted: 7/1/2009 9:56 AM ET
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It's coming from Washington and I'm in Texas. Yesterday, the little mail truck on the map was AT the end location, so I figured I would probably get the book today or tomorrow. I looked at it again and now it's in Georgia! What's up with that?

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 10:15 AM ET
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The truck means nothing, look at the actual scans. The truck is for amusement purposes and just follows an estimated time and path, though he does occasionally go off the path and drive backwards too. The DC is actually Delivery Confirmation only and the book may never get scanned until it hits your mail box.

Subject: Yeah, I guess I should have figured that out.
Date Posted: 7/1/2009 10:42 AM ET
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I am surprised that it went all the way from Washington to Georgia before coming to Texas. Weird. Although, maybe it's not really in Georgia. :)

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 11:32 AM ET
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Sometimes they take little detours around the US. I had a book from a game taking a long time to get to me.   I put the DC into the USPO website and it showed it going from OH to WA.  I freaked out for a minute becuase I used to live about 3hrs from where they sent it-I thought maybe she had an old address.  No she sent it to the right addy in MD.  WA state as you know is not on the way from OH to MD.  

I had another book go from MD to CT by way of Illinois. 

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 6:04 PM ET
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I had one sent to my DGD in Colorado - it was coming from NY.  As I was visiting her, we tracked it until I left, and it got within 45 miles of her, and stayed there for 3 days, and the next day it was back in NY.  It was so funny.  It was sent when it was said it was sent, but took about 2 weeks to get to her.  LOL.  Love to watch the truck though, and then I found it will honk if you click on it.  Fun.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 7:35 PM ET
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Books often take very mysterious paths across the United States.  I'm sure it makes sense to someone that my book went from Kansas, to Virginia and THEN to Missouri.  It didn't make much sense to me.  I used to get frustrated by these odd little side trips, but now I like to think that the books are sightseeing.  They don't get out much, you know, and this is their opportunity to take a little trip and have a little fun. :o)

Subject: LOL
Date Posted: 7/2/2009 2:46 PM ET
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Y'all are funny. Thanks for the laughs. :)

I'll be patient. Sometimes I think the postal system thinks that any movement is good. Washington - Dallas - Georgia - Houston (hopefully I'm the next stop!). It's all good. :)

 

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 3:50 PM ET
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One thing to bear in mind is that just because the book seems to be sitting in one particular location doesn't mean it actually is.  A DC might not get scanned at intermediate stops along the way.  So, while it may look like it's stuck in a PO on one coast, it may actually be on a tractor trailer halfway across the country.  Or have made two other hops where it didn't get scanned.  More than once on here I've gotten packages that were last scanned as being in a different region, and still not marked "Delivered" but here it is sitting in my mailbox.

Also, with the sheer volume of mail the PO deals with every day they have to rely heavily upon automated scanners to route the individual pieces through the sorting centers.  Part of that scanning depends on the little bar code placed underneath the destination address.  If it's a little smudged or unclear the package could end up going to the wrong region (such as a book going from NY to Miami that passes through LA) and then have to be sent back for rerouting.

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 4:02 PM ET
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It arrived today. According to the map, it's still two states away. :)