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Subject: What is that little truck doing?
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 2:19 PM ET
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Just now I went to my account and checked on the books being sent to me. I clicked on the check for a book from Texas. It shows the little truck started in Dallas, went backwards to San Berdardino, CA and now is slowly making its way to Michigan. I had another book once leave Illinois(close to Michigan), go to Baltimore, Maryland and back finally to Michigan.

Why does this happen? No wonder sometimes our books take so long to get to us.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 2:48 PM ET
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The postal system is sometimes a mysterious and baffling thing. lol  I once requested a book from someone in Missouri who used DC.  The book went clear to the east coast before back-tracking and coming here to Kansas.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 3:42 PM ET
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I just ordered a book sent to my DGD and it was shipped from NY with DC.  As I was visiting her when I ordered it we watched it trek across the US (she lives in Colorado).  It went to Ohio, then St. Louis, then Kansas City.  At that point I had to return home, but I kept watch on it.  It got to within 45 miles of her house (on a Friday) and was there Saturday and Sunday, and then Monday it was back in NY.  I continued to watch it, and it went again to Ohio, St. Louis, Kansas City, then Denver and then 45 miles from her, and the next day the truck disappeared.  My DD called that night to let me know that the book arrived that day.  It was mailed when the sender said it was, but sure don't know why it went back like that, but DGD did get the book.  Pat

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 3:50 PM ET
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That little truck driver is drunk most of the time and can't read a map. Ignore him, he's for amusement only.  Follow the scans, that's the only real information in there.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 3:55 PM ET
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thanks for clue-ing me in on what everyone talks about with 'the little truck"! I really didn't know until you said "clicking on the check" that that's how you access the truck...I thought I should be seeing it under details...Now I know where to watch the postal-delivery-drama unfold. Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 4:18 PM ET
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Two weeks ago I had a little mail truck leave Southern California, arrive in Denver four days later, SIT in Denver for three days only to return to California and take another five days to make it back to Denver.  Oy!

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 8:51 PM ET
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I had to chuckle when I had a book coming from Hawaii and the little truck traveled across the ocean.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 9:24 PM ET
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where do you find this truck?

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:23 PM ET
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When you have a book coming to you that has PBS postage and DC there is a green check mark on your account page that upon clicking on it takes you to a map with the route the truck is supposedly taking to get to you.  You can click on the stops made to see what and when.  You can also click on the truck and it "honks" if you have sound.

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/17/2009 1:45 AM ET
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Subject: Where do I find the little truck?
Date Posted: 6/17/2009 1:46 AM ET
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I'm lost. Someone, please help me out.  Sarah

Date Posted: 6/17/2009 3:11 AM ET
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When another member sends you a book and uses PBS DC. . .after they mark the book mailed you can see it under your account tab.  My Account, and the Books I've Requested tab.  Books with PBS DC will have a green checkmark on the right hand side of their individual box.  Click on the box to see shipping information...including the infamous little truck :-)

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 9:20 AM ET
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The post office likes the mail to "travel."  Case in point, several years ago, living in Virginia Beach around the holiday season, I received a Christmas card in the mail. 

I looked at the return address and when I didn't recognize it, I studied the TO address closer.  It had been mailed from Arizona and sent to Virginia but it was supposed to go to Victoria, BC which is on the western coast of Canada above Washington State!

I mailed a letter to the Christmas Card sender explaining why their friend hadn't responded to their Christmas card (letting them know their card was well-travelled) and forwarded the Christmas card (unopened) to its original recipient.

It was odd because the address appeared to be properly written, there was nothing to state why they sent it to Mill Oak in Virginia Beach since that address was nowhere close, but...

I am watching a book currently enroute to Idaho finding the "little truck" taking it via Colorado.  They wonder why they are not making money?

I like clicking the truck to make it honk, but it sends all the dogs off in spasms of barking.  Hard to quiet 20 dogs....



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Date Posted: 6/22/2009 12:47 PM ET
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Hijacking to say - Barbara, we might be former neighbors...if you're talking Mill Oak off Lynnhaven Pkwy in VA Beach.

And I've been digging the truck since finding out via this thread what the little truck is...

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 6:25 PM ET
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Thanks Ruth - just read the post.  My sister is a member and she walked me through it .....but she left out that the truck honks.  I will have a chat with her tonight :)

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 8:04 PM ET
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I most certainly am talking Mill Oak off Lynnhaven Parkway, the end that doesn't flood in heavy rains.  :)  Sold my house two years ago to move to Minnesnowta.  :)

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 9:04 PM ET
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I didn't realize that the truck honked.  Going to have to try that next time I request a book and they do DC.  LOL.  Thanks.  Pat

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:41 PM ET
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I can't tell you why it happened, but I had a book coming from Michigan I think and it was all the way to Colorado, en route to CA, and then the next day I checked it and it was all the way back in Michigan!  The truck took the same path all the way back to CA and took a long time to reach me...no idea how it happened.

Subject: Zip codes/foreign postal codes
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 3:16 PM ET
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About the card Barbara got that was supposed to have gone to Canada: some foreign countries have postal codes that duplicate all or part of the US zip codes. The city where I live in New Mexico has zip codes that start with 880. When I worked as a mail sorter for the post office here, fairly often we'd get envelopes that should have gone to Italy (I think it was Catanzaro) or to a couple of places in Mexico, all of which had postal codes that also started with 880. Some sorting machine opeartor back up the line somewhere was apparently only reading the first three digits before keying in the envelope's destination (they thought).
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 9:43 PM ET
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I have a book that was mailed FROM central Indiana, TO north-central Indiana, and it is taking a vacation in Florida on the way. I'll check to see if it has a suntan when it gets here.