So… Is Mrs. C. messing with the USPS?

Here are the facts:
On December 19th Nyel learned that my book Historic Haunts of the Long Beach Peninsula is now available from Amazon.com (and only from Amazon.com) in a hardback copy.  So he ordered one for me, hoping that it might be an extra Christmas gift or, at the very least, a New Year’s surprise.

(The backstory is that the publisher, Arcadia Press and its imprints,  only produce paperback books.  Of my seven books published by Arcadia, all except one are being offered in both paperback and hard cover — the  hard cover editions only on Amazon.com.  The publisher claims not to know why.  I can’t get an answer from Amazon, either, but even though the hardbacks are spendy, as author I’m interested in having one of each.  You know —  for posterity.)

So on December 19, Nyel ordered one copy of Historic Haunts in hardcover. It was to be sent by the United States Postal Service and he was sent a tracking number.  So… pay attention:

5:00 PM Dec. 20 – In transit to pickup location, Chambersburg, PA
6:10 PM  Dec. 20 – Package arrived at a carrier facility. Avenet NJ

2:10 AM Dec. 21- Package left carrier facility. Avenet NJ

6:30 AM Dec. 22 – Package arrived at a carrier facility. Fife, WA
8:18 AM Dec. 22 – Package left the carrier facility. Fife, WA
8:29 PM Dec. 22 Package arrived at a carrier facility, Portland, OR.
8:29 PM Dec. 22 Package transferred to another carrier for delivery.

12:04 PM Dec. 27 Package arrived at a carrier facility, Anchorage AK Distribution Center, US
12:04 PM Dec. 27 In transit to pickup location, Anchorage AK Distribution Center, NA US

1:09 AM Dec. 28 In transit to pickup location, Anchorage AK Distribution Center, NA US
1:42 AM Package left the carrier facility, Anchorage AK Distribution Center US
1:42 AM In transit to pickup location, Anchorage AK Distribution Center, NA US

So… that’s as far as the tracking goes on this the 10th day of January, 2022.  And why do you suppose that the Alaska locations have to be identified as US?  Is there an Alaska, Russia nearby?  Or possibly an Alaska, Canada?  And what does NA mean?  North America?

And what has happened in the last two weeks?  How many people have read that ghost story book while it’s sitting in Anchorage?  And is Mrs. Crouch with the book?

“Curiouser and Curiouser!” cried Alice!
“No S*** Sherlock!” said Nyel.

3 Responses to “So… Is Mrs. C. messing with the USPS?”

  1. Deborah Wells says:

    Wow =what a mess!!

  2. Bill Grennan says:

    Ask the post office where it is?

  3. sydney says:

    Actually, the Oysterville postmaster offered to help. I just have to remember to take her the tracking order.
    Sydney

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