Tuesday, September 18, 2012

You've Got Mail!

When we became full-timers over three years ago, our mail habits changed drastically.  Our mail forwarding service (Alternative Resources) in Sioux Falls, SD sends us mail whenever we ask for it.  We get mail every 4-5 weeks, sometimes longer.  There are a number of benefits to this and few drawbacks.

  • 99% of the junk mail we used to get has been eliminated.
  • More freedom:  We are far less dependent on mail system than I thought possible.  I am convinced our country could survive if we had mail delivered MWF instead of daily.  And how much money would that save us?
  • We can usually predict what is coming:  some paper bills we still get, a few RV magazines, a post card or letter now and then

But you never know what is waiting in the mail and sometimes we get surprised.  We did last week:
I got a T-Shirt in the mail along with a hat.  From Safelite Auto Glass repair.

About 18 months ago (April 2011), while we were in Albuquerque had our windshield replaced on our car.  We were so impressed with that, we had a technician come out to the Roadrunner and fix some chips.  Both Danny and John did an excellent job and I wrote about it in a blog.

I was very impressed and gave them high marks on the follow-up survey.  I am not sure if I suggested they send me a shirt or mug or hat so I could advertise for them....It would not be beyond the realm of possibility as I have been known to do that occasionally.

At any rate, when we got our last batch of mail, we had a box with nice letter from them along with a T-Shirt and hat.  Nice touch!

You never know what a nice word now and then will bring.  Or a smile as you walk through WalMart.  I don't do either often enough.  But sometimes I do.

That is it for this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Thanks for joining us!  Until next time...


  1. how nice that you got a 'prize' for being a customer who took the time to commend someone's good work ethic!!

  2. This reminds me of the time when we spent 10 days at a place in Jamaica, "Moon Dance Villas" or something like that. Anyway, it so happened that we arranged to go deep sea fishing on our second last day there, and I offered to front the cost of the the excursion and put it on a credit card. About a month later I received a couple hats and a tee-shirt. Which is odd, since we were not the ones in the party who made the initial arrangements for our stay, so I can only guess that they got the info from my credit card.
    Still got that tee-shirt. I think I gave the hats away.
    Always fun to get "free" stuff.

  3. Surface mail has sure changed. Most of what we now get is advertising and junk. Bills we do get are from companies that can't seem to figure out we don't want their paper bills as we get online bills and pay by Internet.

    Nice to get a free gift to show some appreciation - I'll bet now you'd go back to the same company for your next windshield repair.

  4. always fun to get 'free' stuff especially when your not expecting it..:)

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