According to postal service tracking – which I now pay attention to and watch like a hawk, that needlepoint pattern I reordered, just for the beads, was to be delivered yesterday.
In an effort to keep an eye on Mr. Infallible doesn’t make
mistakes mailman, I went down around the time he usually gets to this complex
and waited for his delivery, so I could catch a mistake right away, rather than
ten days later.
Keeping an eye on him is not easy because he has walls, and I
don’t mean walls in general. I really mean “walls” … literal concrete walls.
My read on him is that he’s a bit puffed up with his own self-importance
-- unapproachable, takes himself too serious. Consequently, instead of approaching
him directly last week, as one would with their friendly neighborhood mailman,
his being not exactly mean, but seeming strict and unfriendly, sent me to the
post office instead.
Receiving no feedback after that visit, I took a chance, approached him directly
the next day and gently suggested he made a mistake and the recipient of that
mistake was not honest enough to come forward. He dismissed that theory with “That
doesn’t happen”, meaning he doesn’t make mistakes.
Expecting that needlepoint pattern, I knew enough not to push my
luck, approach him yet again to alert him a package is expected so he’d be a
little more alert. That positively would have resulted in his feeling insulted,
interpreting it as harassment and going verbally postal on me.
So instead, I went down around delivery time and waited
That’s a thing for him … residents waiting around for mail;
thus, I waited out-of-sight.
Mr. Infallible also doesn’t like residents entering the building
through the door by the mailbox when he’s doing his thing, and really doesn’t
like residents being too friendly and chatting him up. To make sure that keep
away message gets across, he blocks the door leading out of the building past
the mail boxes with an orange cone, and he blocks entry to building through that
door via the pathway in front of him with a sign.
This is one serious mail man.
Ensuring no one bothers him, doesn’t stop him from making
mistakes however, so what’s the point. Also, when he takes time off and we get
different mail personnel, none of them employ keep away cones and signs.
In the end, it worked out this time, as he got delivery right insofar
as my package.
Once back in the unit, I opened the sealed brand new kit and
removed the contents.
Everything was as it should be, except … there were no beads.
Can you believe it?
This is what I call my moon being in kaka (poop), when things don't go right, the
universe appears to be working against me.
I’ve contacted the seller.
She will provide me with beads.
But really, can you believe the luck – a brand new kit with something omitted, and that being the
one thing I need.