For some time, I’ve been tempted to run a series of questions here. I’ve serious issues I’d love to open for debate, silly matters that might cause amusement, trivial irritations that cause me grief, and fairly vital matters that demand answers.
I’m opening the series with a minor peeve. It might result in some relief for those heroic folk who venture out in all weathers to deliver our daily post, though I doubt it.
Why Make it Hard for the Postman?
On Saturday, and yesterday, I spent a few hours posting leaflets around the locality to help friends involved in local elections. It’s a rural area; a small village with some land between a few of the houses and lots of hills to climb. Some homes sit at the end of long, steep driveways.
A few considerate folk have mailboxes at the entrance to their drives, making it easy to deliver stuff. But others make delivering mail nigh on impossible.
There are the obvious culprits: lengthy paths but no mailbox, ‘Beware of the Dog’ but no mailbox. Then, those with no letterbox at all: scared of bills? The most frustrating feature is those with a notice on their letterbox asking for all mail to be ‘pushed right through the box’. I understand why, but almost all such requests appear on letterboxes with strong springs, internal brushes to keep out draughts, and a further sprung flap inside, making it difficult and sometimes painful to push a piece of paper all the way through.
Maybe, if people tried the feat themselves before demanding those delivering mail should do so, they might take a slightly more helpful view. Once you’ve tried it with a few hundred resistant flaps, your finger ends feel frayed!