How many people does it take to change a mailbox?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

My truly last (half) day of vacation 😦

As usual, I wanted to have a relaxing day before going back.

But, the day thought different!

I only had one task on my “to do” list…run to the grocery store to get a few things we needed.

However, since I needed to mail some bills, I ran them out to the mailbox first.  But of course there were some neighbors out talking and so not to appear rude, I made some small talk.  During this time, the mailman actually came to pick up/deliver the mail and of course the mailbox door fell off.  I was so irritated because this mailman KNOWS that the mailbox is on its last legs and has to be handled GENTLY…but he always opens and slams the door.   As I was putting the door back on one of the neighbor kids (actually if you want to get technical he is a teenager) asked why we didn’t just get a new mailbox.  Well, that entailed explaining that we do have a new mailbox but we haven’t been able to put it on because we can’t get the old mailbox off the post because the nails are rusted on and nothing we’ve done has managed to loosen them.

To make a long story short…this kid managed to get our mailbox off the post (he was determined…he used a screwdriver to pry it off).

This made me feel two emotions:

1) happy because the mailbox was finally off

2) annoyed because now we were going to have to put the new one on and I was NOT planning on doing that the day I went back to work–also annoyed because even though the mailbox was off, the bracket that attached the old mailbox to the post was still attached to the old mailbox–this kid’s father had come over to try to get the bracket off and was having a heck of a time with it

We finally left to go to the grocery store and had to add in a trip to Rocky’s to try to find some kind of bracket for the post in case it wouldn’t come off the old mailbox.  Of course Rocky’s didn’t have the exact kind of bracket we needed, but we got something else that we thought might work.

By the time we got home it was already almost 1 pm.  We found out that our neighbor WAS able to get the bracket off the old mailbox–one good thing!

However, putting the new mailbox on was not that easy.  The bracket fit on, but wouldn’t firmly attach…every time you opened up the mailbox, the entire mailbox was wobbling on the post….ARGHHH!!!

To try to make this long story short again, our neighbor who got the bracket off, came over to offer his assistance.

Finally…after quite a while, the mailbox was secure on the post.

I was so happy it was done.  I was not happy that it was now 3 pm and I had one hour only before having to get ready for work.

But that’s life, right?

So in answer to my question… I guess it took four people to change the mailbox–me and Kimm, and our neighbor and his kid 🙂

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