Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Town Exclusively for Postal Workers....Im Scared

In yesterdays local newspaper, The Palm Beach Post, there was an article about a town in Florida, called Nalcrest. The name comes from NALC-rest : National Association of Letter Carriers-rest. How very apropos, no?
Here is my concern: Considering the history (deserved or not) of mail delivery persons "losing it" or "going postal" if you will, the thought of them all being together in one town strikes me as either being very smart or very stupid. I know I'm going to get some hate mail for this, but that's okay...I'm fearless when things strike me as funny.
From a mental health perspective the towns inhabitants may be calmer (of course they are retired) after years of meeting the USPS credo of, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds", they no longer need to worry about snow-okay, 1 out of 4 ain't exactly good odds, but this is Florida. They can empathize with each other, de-escalate feelings of agitation, tell jokes and stories about their old route customers, the opportunities for cameraderie overfloweth.
But, since I like to play devils advocate most of my waking hours, the chance of someone going over the deep end, also exists. The mild mannered letter carrier next door could snap his rubber band and take out the whole town.
And while Im on the subject, I didn't notice if this town has a movie theater, but if they did, I have a list of movies that would be relevant:
The Postman (1997) with Kevin Costner
Il Postino (1994) Foreign
Postman Pat Comedy
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) with Jack Nicholson

** The Barefoot Mailman is a real story!!! and its pretty good reading

You get the point, lots of choices to bond over and just as many to shoot your neighbor over...In that case, would that open up the rental market at this very exclusive zip code up to a new industry of retired workers? Perhaps-- Dentists!!!! Dentists have a high rate of suicide.....Perfect!!! They will only off themselves and not others!!!
Excuse me while I get my bullet proof vest on.

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