Return to Sender

I sent a Christmas card to Switzerland on December 8, 2003. Today, it arrived in my mailbox, my cousin’s forwarding address unknown. I’m not sure what impresses me more, the efficiency that got the card sent all the way back to me, or the fact that it took 4 months to get back here…


2 thoughts on “Return to Sender

  1. I sent a package to Beijing containing a garlic press and lotramin foot cream via USPO global express no tracking(5-10 business days) in Feb2004. I’m still waiting for them to get it. I guess there are not too many business days in the good ol’PRC: they must save them for special occasions, eh? I like da Beijing Postall Boyz motto — very catchy. 😉

    “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift appropriation of stuff they like.”


  2. Cat survives 30-day trip in shipping box

    Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla. – A business owner opening a shipment of 400 bird cages sent from China got an additional order he didn’t expect – a severely undernourished cat.

    The female cat, named China by animal service staff members, tips the scale at just over 3 pounds after being trapped in the container for the nearly monthlong trip.

    Norman Goldberg, owner of Quality Discount Cages, said he discovered the cat Friday when he received the shipment at his warehouse. Several cardboard boxes holding cages had been chewed up.

    “I opened it up, and out jumped the cat,” he said.

    The traveling feline apparently began her journey at a factory in China where workers started loading the parrot cages into a 40-foot metal container the first week of March, Goldberg said. The container arrived by boat in Los Angeles on April 1 and then traveled by rail to Tampa.

    On Wednesday, China was recovering at Hillsborough County Animal Services, where she was eating on her own and being given intravenous fluids.

    Goldberg’s brother-in-law e-mailed the factory in China where the cages originated to see whether they knew anything about a missing cat.

    “You gave us a very big surprise today,” wrote Ms. Ivy of Dayang Co. in China. “We are very happy to know our cat still alive. Would you please tell us more information about our cat? Is it a yellow or gray one? Because we have two cats, but they disappeared one month ago … Please raise it, or you can give it to the animal asylum.”

    If the cat is healthy, it will be put up for adoption.

    “I hope it gets adopted,” Goldberg said. “It has used up most of its nine lives.”

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