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What’s up with all this???

April 20th, 2007

As we were climbing into bed last night, J. says (and I quote), “The UPS man has a great idea about what color we should paint the front door…” Stop right there.

Are you really so tight with the Mr. UPS that he is now giving you home improvement/decorating advice and you are taking it? When did this happen? I mean, I am aware that these delivery people are walking up my front steps several times a week bringing pieces of gear to review, but when did all this bonding happen? I know the peeling, fading green door needs some help. I know Mr. UPS sees a fair share of doors and probably has some wisdom to offer there. I respect his opinion but I’m just curious…when did the line get crossed?

Mrs. FedEx came to the door a couple weeks ago and said to me, “He hasn’t gotten any speakers lately. Has he moved on to something else?” How does she know this???? Is it like when you are dating some girl and it’s all very casual and fun and you finally have the “DTR Talk.” (Define the Relationship.) The I-like-you-a-lot-do-you-like-me? talk. We-are-dating-just-each-other-now talk. Is it a moment where after the comment on the weather Mr. UPS pauses, “What’s in the boxes?” Or does it just morph and happen and the next thing you know he’s talking exterior paint colors.

Boys, help me out. Define your relationship with your delivery peeps. Do you know their names? Do they know what you do? What’s up with all this? Reviewer’s wives: Do you see these bizarre things happening on your front steps?

By the way, due to extensive hours of sun exposure to the front door, Mr. UPS suggested a lighter color, something in a khaki to match the trim on the windows. And he’s right. Sigh.

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  1. April 20th, 2007 at 14:53 | #1

    clint, why did this not post at the top, as the most recent? just curious…..

    A: Cause we’re sticking the most recent podcast so everyone who hits the site will see that first.

  2. April 20th, 2007 at 16:14 | #2

    My UPS guy’s name is Tim. He’s divorced (just this year) and has been with UPS for over 18 years now. He contributes to their 401k plan (UPS doesn’t match, though) and plans to ramp this up as soon as some of his more recent bills are paid off. He’s currently doing some side work with an older man who builds PCs for the disabled. They make adapters and such so that you can dock a tablet PC and have access to enhanced controllers, etc that make it easier for blind, deaf, or otherwise physically-impaired people to use.

    It is kind of sick that I know this – but also kind of cool. You see, I don’t get out of the house all that much. I have date nights, church and the family activities – but compared to most I’m home A LOT. Those who work out of the home know the feeling.

    Now, is my relationship with my UPS guy unusual? No, I don’t think so… we haven’t crossed some sort of invisible line where he’s giving me advice about child rearing (or what color to paint my door) but he DID just offer to bring my 4 year-old a small UPS truck toy.

    Does that count? 🙂

    Now the FedEx and DHL people seem to rotate a lot. While I knew my guys up in South Carolina (both Ground and Express), down here I have no idea who they are and they don’t seem to think packages of electronics arriving weekly at my home is anything unusual.

    Maybe they think I’m a recluse.

  3. April 20th, 2007 at 18:04 | #3

    I’ve only had one small conversation with one delivery guy and I never saw him again. Perhaps I’m the exception that makes the rule.

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