Cockatiel joins others while package goes astray
30.06.2010 84 °F
Well, Weedy is now home. My nephew -- also known as the world's greatest nine-year old -- now has a pet cockatiel. Going to the pet store the last couple days was interesting. Apparently you decided which type of bird you'd like and then you kind of give them an audition to see which one bonds with you. I imagine people who select dogs or cats do the same. Anyway, once you've selected your bird, they stay at the pet store for a bit to make sure they're healthy, gaining weight and learning to eat by themselves. Today was the day Weedy got to come home. He has a great cage, tons of toys and such and doesn't seem to mind the roaming of Neeko the pug, Jakob the golden and Ella the persian. Lance -- the bearded dragon -- is safely upstairs away from all the commotion.
Meanwhile... I mailed a package from Oregon to Austin. Had it timed to arrive when I did, and things seemed to be going perfectly. I had a tracking number and the package was here in Austin and out for delivery. It never showed up. Then again no package. I checked online and was afraid I had put the wrong zip code, so I called the USPS. What a trial to get to a real person. You actually have to start giving the automated system insane answers it doesn't understand until it feels so sorry for you that it is wiling to connect you with a real person. This morning the package had made it all the way back to Troutdale and was marked as UNDELIVERABLE and RETURN TO SENDER. I had to hang up on a very rude customer service representative and go through the automated nightmare and was finally able to speak with someone nice. I was given the Troutdale Post Office's phone number. It turns out the address was perfectly correct -- including the zip code. So the Postmaster in Troutdale is resending the package to me here in Austin. I've spoken with the Troutdale Postmaster, the Austin (78735) Postmaster and the postman for where I am staying. Everyone is on the lookout for the package... we'll see.