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Still More Snow

December 24, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments


See that arrow built into the ‘E’ and the ‘x’ in the FedEx logo above? (I hadn’t noticed it until Joel pointed it out to me last summer.) It seems to have the wrong shape. It should be circular. But I’ll get to that.

We woke up to snow again today, as predicted. It was due to turn to rain by noon, and it has done so even sooner, after some icy, sleety, snowy interlude. I anticipate getting my car out later this afternoon — its first outing in a week — so we can meet up after Gail’s workday for Christmas Eve dinner. (I better get out, or we won’t be having dinner together.) But I’m here to complain. Two annoyances:

1. FedEx can’t get here. UPS has made it. They came in the snow on Thursday. They came in the aftermath of the snow yesterday. USPS has made it. Well, not on Monday, but otherwise they have. FedEx, though, is not up to the task. They’ve had an Amazon shipment in Seattle since Friday evening, due for delivery Monday. It didn’t go out at all on Monday. It went out yesterday (Tuesday), but didn’t get far. Their tracking data includes the entry at 3:27 PM yesterday: “Delay in delivery due to external factors.” At 5:52 PM it was home safe at Fedex. And that’s the last item. They seem not to have even tried to get it out today. The current status is “shipment delayed.” No big deal. It only has assorted presents for tomorrow. At least we’re all here. But still, their competitors made it. Why didn’t they?

2. The garbage and recycling people can’t get here. Indeed, according to today’s news release at the Seattle Public Utilities website, no residential garbage or recycling has been picked up since the snow started last Thursday. A week of no service. Our recycling bin is filled to the brim, and tomorrow we will have lots of new recycling. Oh, nevermind. We won’t. We won’t have any presents to give out because FedEx can’t get here. No problem. Our garbage can is filled too, but at least it will be picked up in a week. The recycling will have to sit around for two weeks.

How can a few days of not particularly huge snowfall bring everything to a standstill?

Categories: Family, House
  1. jsofie
    December 26, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    I dont see the arrow.

  2. Ron
    December 26, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    It’s the white space between the E and the x.

  3. jsofie
    December 26, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    OH! I see it now!

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