Forgive the non-ColdFusion, non-Ajax, non-anything important post, but this was too funny to pass up. Today we had a little notice with our mail. Be sure to read the comments:
Wow. "Extremely annoying"? "Back injury"? Who knew the perils of a slightly leaning mailbox!
To be fair, the mailbox was put up by myself, and being a software guy, well, it isn't 100% straight:
I guess I have a job to do, eh? I'm thinking an elaborate system of pulley, counterweights, and perhaps anti-gravity devices. Too much?
Hope the postman didn't hurt their back putting the "postal regulation" note in your mailbox!
maybe some inpiration for your new mailbox can be found here:
While you're upgrading, I think you should put in a sensor to email you when the mail is delivered!
I think you should install a vacuum tube system that delivers it into your kitchen like in that movie...darn I can't remember which one...Anyone?
I vote for a double door mail box. Make him have to open it twice. :)
Better fix it! You never know, he could pull a scene from The Insider and leave a bullet in your mailbox!
Wow! I meanthat's I one can really say to that - WOW!
Your mailbox needs a mousetrap.
my back hurts just looking at it... :)
Fill it with cement... it works on SO many levels!
Ray, that's very rude of you to have maliciously built such a dangerous postal receptacle.
You need something more like this: http://image03.webshots.com...
That would surely let the dear folks at the USPS know how much you appreciate their gentle reminder.
You could install a spring on the door to make it snap shut. This way as his hand is in the mailbox, the door is already closing, and keeping the mail securely inside.
Tis a tad of the vertical and he would need to be 3ft tall to use it properly ;)
Think he's really moaning about all the star wars toys that need to be put in it!
replace it with a bucket on a stick and a sign that says "my postman is too lazy to put mail in here, or to spell out "you are"
oops. Make that "my postman can't spell 'your' or even use lazy aolspeek correctly"
Take it off, rotate it around until the door is upward, and screw the bottom of the box to the post. No chance of mail slipping out then, and you'll get your four inches of "up" for free. But then it'd probably be too far from the road. Nevermind.
Seriously... do you live in The Shire with the hobbits? that is the shortest mailbox I've ever seen... needs more than 4 inches that's for sure... unless the mailman is a hobbit too...
@all: Yes, I suck at hardware. :)
All you need to do is remove the door completely and add a CFCATCH bin below your mail box. That should solve the problem if there are any problems/errors putting mail into your mail box.
Darn those Postal Union workers (my father-in-law is a retired one!)
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" but a low mailbox obviously does! lmfao!
Or, you can post your "Your Postman Needs Attention" Note at the mailbox:
1. Your postman is too tall by (at least) 4 inches
2. Your postman's mind needs to be leveled
3. Your postman's attitude needs attention
4. Fixing this mailbox requires too much of my precious time and can lead to hammer-and-splinter-induced injury.
Just kidding... did we take care of the mailbox? You should raise it really high just to see what she says... once again ha ha. My step mother was a mail career and she would always complain... this brings back memories... once again ha ha.
Great suggestions folks... here's another.
Bolt a flatbed scanner facing downwards to the top of the maibox and connect it to your mac.
This way you can scan your mail to see if there is anything exciting in there worth collecting.
Boring old bills can always wait a while.
Get a wall mailbox, attach it to the wall next to your front door. Then your carrier will have to get his exercise walking up to the house to deliver the mail, which should strengthen his back!
You should dig a rut in front of the mailbox that is about 4 inches deep right where the tire tracks are. That will take care of the height problem. Ok, so you lower the road instead of raise the box, but either way, it will work.
Next, you build a wedge that you can insert into your mailbox to make it level on the inside so it's not slipping out any longer.
I just bought a house with a mailbox attached next to the front door. The old one needed replacing as it was very rusted out and it is nice to have a mailbox next to the front door just as I walk in so I do not have to gather it from the end of the drive. 2 downsides here though.
1) This wall mailbox does not have any flag indicator to let the mailman know when we are sending mail. We've had to resort to leaving part of the envelopes hanging out of the box, which has been bad on rainy days where some birthday cards my wife sends get super soggy.
2) Brand new pretty mailbox + postal worker who doesn't care = lots of scratches all over my new pretty mailbox. I suspect he where's a really big metal watch.
When dealing with the USPS I like to think: "What would Lord Vader do?"