Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

I mentioned the other day that I had to replace the mailbox at Port Swiller Manor after the local loutish yoots gave it the Louisville Slugger treatment.  Although it was a nuisance, I didn’t really give it all that much thought.

So imagine my surprise when I found the following note in the new box a couple days later:

CUSTOMERS ARE REQUIRED TO CONTACT THE LOCAL POST OFFICE BEFORE INSTALLING THE MAILBOX TO ENSURE ITS CORRECT PLACEMENT AND HEIGHT AT THE STREET.  GENERALLY, MAILBOXES ARE INSTALLED AT A HEIGHT OF 41-45 INCHES FROM THE ROAD SURFACE TO THE INSIDE FLOOR OF THE MAILBOX AND ARE SET BACK 6-8 INCHES FROM THE FRONT FACE OF CURB OR ROAD EDGE TO THE MAILBOX DOOR.

Of all the officious jackanapery.

Of course, I didn’t put in any new installation.  I switched the old, bashed box with a replacement of exactly the same size and shape.  I mounted it on the same post and same cross-beam that have stood for years without exciting comment or criticism.   I’ve done this three or four times before with nary a peep from anybody.

What I don’t understand is that our regular mail guy postal delivery specialist has always been perfectly sensible and pleasant when I’ve chatted with him.  He would also know perfectly well that I haven’t actually changed anything vis a vis the height and distance from “curb or road edge”.    I suppose he left the note because he was required to by the regs.   It’s a durn good thing we’d never turn such petty bureaucracy loose on something vital like, say, our health care system.  Oh, wait……

Anyhoo, the mail is still being delivered and I’ve heard nothing more about it, so I don’t plan to actually do anything unless the post office starts giving me a hard time.  If so, I plan to take the old box (which I haven’t chucked yet) and stick it back on the post just out of spite.

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