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S: Father's Day June 19, 2011 By Tammy Elam Murray

BC: 68 billion -- revenue in 2009, in dollars 177 billion -- total number of mail pieces processed in 2009 584 million -- average number of mail pieces processed each day 24 million -- average number of mail pieces processed each hour 405,000 -- average number of mail pieces processed each minute 6,761 -- average number of mail pieces processed each second 40 -- percentage of the world's card and letter mail volume handled by USPS annually 2.1 billion -- dollar amount paid every 2 weeks in salaries and benefits 596,000 -- number of career employees 218,684 -- number of vehicles in our fleet - the largest civilian fleet in the world 1.1 billion -- dollar amount spent on fuel in 2009 1.25 billion -- number of miles driven each year by our letter carriers and truck drivers 444 million -- number of gallons of fuel used in2009 36,400 -- number of postal rental locations nationwide 14 -- percent of the nation's population that moves annually 43.8 million -- number of address changes processed in 2009 1.1 million -- number of people who visit each day 222 million -- dollar amount of stamp and retail sales online at 390 million -- total revenue from Click-N-Ship label purchases 7.3 million -- number of passport applications accepted in 2009 135.1 million -- number of money orders issued in 2009 252,000 -- number of daily transactions processed on 2,500 APCs 548 million -- dollar amount in revenue generated from APC transactions 58,288 -- number of stores, banks and ATMs that sell postage stamps 923,595 -- number of new delivery points added to the network in 2009 0 -- tax dollars received for operating the Postal Service | Fun Facts of the Postal Service By the Numbers

FC: My Life | To My Father on Father's Day June 19, 2011

1: Let others know how you appreciate them. Tell them the things you enjoyed doing with them, the past times, and what they mean to you. You can also write them a card, call them, or make some-thing special for them.

2: I created this scrapbook for you Dad. It describes the times of my life that I did my best at the jobs I worked and enjoyed doing. It also explains the times I was terrified of my job. But when I talked to you on the phone while I was at Hickory Trails Hospital on February ll, 20ll I found comfort in a way you wouldn't believe. It was you that I finally could see and picture a way to overlook those fears and I want to tell you how the comfort I found is because of you. I love you Dad. Your Daughter, Tammy

4: Tamara Sue Elam Born:Feb. 14, 1960 Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz. Length: 19.5 in. Eyes: Blue Hair: Light Brown

6: "We give comfort and receive comfort sometimes at the same time..." Unknown

8: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away." | Anonymous

10: "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly..." | Proverb

11: BIRD!!!

12: "It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot (Birth name: Mary Ann Evans) The American Heritage Dictionary defines inspiration as, "stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity." Who doesn't want to be inspired and experience heightened emotions and the joyful sense of satisfaction from achieving? Without inspiration, innovative ideas have no chance of taking flight; in fact, they fail to exist. As the pressures of mundane existence consume most of our time, we might let some earlier dreams or goals go by. In this quote, Eliot speaks to her reader's doubts and assures them that it's never too late to turn around and rediscover your dreams.

15: "Be yourself, everybody else is already taken." Oscar Wilde

17: "In the end, the smiles win." | "Start every day with a smile, and get it over with."

19: "Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries." | "You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to bed with satisfaction." | George Horace Lorimer

20: "The older I get the faster I was." | "A friendship with two viewpoints is twice as strong." | Charles Barkley | "Did you ever stop to think, and then forget to start again?" | A. A. Milne

21: "Believe you can and you're halfway there." Theodore Roosevelt

23: " | You can't turn back the clock,.But you can wind it up again. | Bonnie Prudden

25: "Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." | Satchel Paige

26: "The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money." Thomas Jefferson

27: "There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness." Han Suyin

29: "The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something but to be something." Muhammed Iqbal

30: Now I have some funny cartoons about some famous quotes I think you'll enjoy. Just think about them as you read them.

31: "Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." | "You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win." | "Don't dwell on reality. It will only keep you from great- ness." Rev. Randall R. McBride, Jr. | "When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on." Thomas Jefferson | Ted Turner | Nido Qubein

32: "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." Ronald Reagan | "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" Satchel Paige | "Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward." Vietor Kiam | "Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | "We convince by our presence." | Walt Whitman

33: "How old would you | "Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned." Peter Marshall "I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be." Ken Venturi | "What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail.?" | Robert H. Schuller | "A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others." Ayn Rand | "They tell me that you'll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don't tell you | is that you won't miss it very much." Malcolm Cowley

34: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain." Vivian Greene "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." "You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about it's width and depth." Shina Jehrani "It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years!" Abe Lincoln "True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents." John W. Gardner "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." Rabindrarath Tagore "Give light and people will find the way." Ella Baker "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." Aristotle Onassis "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton "The wise does at once what the fool does at last." Baltasar Gracian "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." Unknown "Let each man exercise the art he knows." Aristophanes

35: "Marcus Aurelius once said, 'Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig' ." | WHERE | ?

36: It is very important to me to share with you what caused me to go into deep despair and fear on Sunday evening January 30, 2011. We were all having a great time playing games. Then Thomas showed me your latest reward you received from the Post Office. I'm always interested in seeing them. I don't know why it affected me the way that it did but here's what happened. It was a large 18" open/close case I think. When I saw it open all the sudden I see that Hugh Big Blue Eagle of the Post Office Emblem. The size of it threw me into a panic attack! I'm serious. It brought back the fears of the post office sending me letters of warning and the terrifying things they were doing to me. Don't get me wrong now I am happy and proud for you but the size of that thing just scared me like it reached out and grabbed me. I called my Dr. everyday for five days but nobody was in the office because of the heavy snow and ice storms. There was no help for me while I was in that state of mind and it got worse everyday. Well I'm going to explain most of my stay at the hospital as thoughts came to my mind. I was told to keep a journal each day and write things down. It was difficult doing it but I had to start somewhere. It was hard trying to write everything down at once because it happened over the years. So some of my journal was jumping from time to time from the events. But I am so much better now and I thank you for your inspiration, hard efforts and quality work I can look up to and remember I was there too at one time. I love you, Dad

38: Wed. 2/9/2011 | I've listened to others in group and some of them have talent and can do things I wish I could. I try but something always stops me from learning the things I wish I could. When I finally think I have a chance I will get stopped from the help I found and get left standing all alone again.. I cannot keep trying and getting my hopes up and then have my excitement turned off like a flashlight. | I'll start by writing from my journal each day and share my thoughts and feelings from group meetings and as things were happening.

39: 1:15 pm | It's not the batteries it's the help I seek that shuts me off with no warning. I'm left wondering all alone trying to find my way back to my comfort zone to be by myself again.

41: 2/9/2011 | There were times I couldn't call because I was not able to control my tears and crying.

42: 2/10/2011 | Life is "trying things to see if they work." Ray Bradbury | You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mohandas K. Gandhi

43: 11:00 am | In my jobs before the Post Office I was hired on (unexperienced) as a 10-key operator for an Insurance Company. The company had only processed $1,000,000.00 a couple of times per day. I learned 10-key and I loved it! I challenged myself to do more and more everyday. It was like a game to me.I loved to look my best and dress up. Before I knew it we processed a $1,000,000.00. It was a big goal. There were only 2 machines and 2 people to run them. Even the President of the company came through our area and he smiled so big at me. Wow I was ready to do even better. I had also cleaned up all the trash around the machine and asked for cleaner to get the dust, smudges, dark ink stains and made it look almost new. Then it took a few more weeks and then it was easy to average $1,000,000.00 a day.

44: 2/10/2011 | I did that by learning the steps and making notes as the Computer Techs came to repair the machines. So I was saving the Company the cost on a lot of the repair bills cause I wanted to learn more. When the machine would not do as it was supposed to that meant down time and the waiting period for them to drive there too. Things were great. Over a few years and the determination of processing more everyday the 2 of us would process everything and I would volunteer to process the more difficult Payment Stubs. I'm not sure how many times but we even processed $2,000,000.00 in a day!! What a difference. The many smiles and pats on my shoulders are the rewards I loved besides the raises and gifts given to me. I hated to leave it.

45: I went to take my test and scored 88. | You encouraged me to take advantage while the Post Office was hiring.

46: 2/10/2011 | I'm catching up on my journal and I just had a thought. I remember hearing people say,"You've got to face your fears to get on in life." Is this true? Maybe this is what I need to do. But I'm so paranoid of seeing things from the post office like Carriers, LLV's, Jeeps, the mail, and even going to the Post Office. What can I use in a scrapbook that will help me see things in a different way? Can a picture do that? Can it show me how to not be afraid of the Post Office anymore?

47: Long-life Vehicle They were longer lasting, lighter, and roomier than Jeeps | LLV's were introduced in 1987. | Post Office Jeep I drove one most of the time and I loved it! | Collection Box | United States Service Delivery Truck

48: 2/10/2011 3:00 pm | During group we listened to a relaxation tape. The music sounded like Vampire music. We closed our eyes. I never could get my eyes to relax and all I could see was myself carrying mail. I was lost and I was listening watching for threats, wrongful things that may happen to myself and others that the Post Office Management set up to make us fail at our job or being accused of something we didn't do. Plus trying to do my job as a Letter Carrier and care for my customers, finish, and get back in time. If I don't do it I'll get written up and sent to the office. After 3 office violations you get suspended without pay and next you get fired. "I will do this just PLEASE!" I fell carrying mail and now my body cannot let me do this for them. I signed a paper when I was hired to do my job. I want to do my job! They told me the first week I started working about how well a future I have with

49: continue | the Post Office and that my Benefits were great..If you're hurt on the job Workers Comp will pay for your Medical Expenses, pay you as you recover at home, and if you can only work inside the office while your body is healing they will work with you too. BUT HERE'S HOW IT REALLY IS: They will pay your medical and time off recovering but after your Dr. releases you to return to full duty you are expected to do as you did before. You have to take care of yourself. You have to follow safety rules. Doing all of this means look ahead, listen, and watch for dangerous things all around you. I had so many different circumstances face me that was not normal. every day. things. I found things that were deliberately done to me to try and catch me off guard so they could fire me. I was terrified!

50: I have to turn left on the street up ahead. I need to get in the left lane now. I turn my left blinker on. I speed up to go ahead. | The van speeds up and won't let me in front of him. I slow down so he can go on and I'll just go behind him and turn left. | The van slows down the same speed I'm going. | HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OUT OF MANY THINGS THAT WENT ON WITH THE POST OFFICE. SOME WHITE VAN IS DRIVING BESIDE ME AND WAS JUST RUDE TO ME AND HE GOT HIMSELF A RUDE AWAKING FROM HIS ACTIONS. i WAS ALWAYS HAVING TO WATCH THINGS TO PREVENT ACCI- DENTS FROM HAPPENING OR THINGS BEING DONE TO ME THAT WAS NOT NORMAL. | --------The Van --------My Jeep

51: The van deliberately slows down to the same speed. Why? No cars have been in front of us. So I hit the pedal to get back up to 45 mph. He starts to speed up but I got way ahead of him turned my blinker on and got in the left lane. That made him mad. So he decides to go around me. Well I see what he's doing and I see 2 cars up ahead about 2 blocks. He gets beside me and I see his left blinker turned on. So I slow down He's not paying attention up ahead in front of him. They are slowing down and I see their brake lights. | He's still speeding up to go around in front of me. Then he gets barely ahead of me and nearly cuts me off. I hit my brakes fast. Who is this crazy person? The 2 cars up ahead keep going straight and if it wasn't for the turn lane that I take to go to my route. He would have cause an accident to the cars in front of him. He slams on his brakes and turns in the turn lane and turns left and pulled over into a business parking lot and stops. He looked pretty shook up. | I slow down even more. Speed limit is 45 mph. I even slow down to 20!! This goes on 3 times. | What was he thinking? Where's Sheriff? | Oh I'm so MAD!!!!

52: So I turned on my left blinker on and turned left. I slowly went by to see who it was. To get to my route from here you have to turn right up ahead, turn left on a street and pull up to the stop sign to start my route. I'm taking my morning break and I noticed in my mirror there's a white van coming up just like the other van. I got out of my jeep and he just kept on going past me. It was the same person. (He probably forgot to right my jeep number down.) Now who would know how to find me if they didn't know my route? When I get back to the post office the rude 2 O 4B calls me in the office and told me someone filed a complaint on me about my driving. I never had a complaint on my record. I told her what happened on my side of the story. Well that stayed on my record. What can you do? I can't do anything about what's going on. Another time I was being inspected on my route. That morning I was watching my time and I went to the restroom 2 different times. I

53: was watching my time and seconds. I went 2 and a half minutes each time. Well is it going to be 5 or 6 minutes? I thought we'll see tomorrow what they say. Things went well during the inspection, so I thought. The very last run on my route was the shortest street. Very easy. When I got back to my jeep I opened the back and started arranging and cleaning up the mail and trays to take in the post office. Then I get in my jeep and take my last 10 minute break sitting there. When it was over I turned on my jeep, turned on my left blinker, looked behind me, nobody there, and started to pull out and some person storms from behind us and tears out. Well of course I'm paying attention and stopped immediately to let him go by. It scared me. As soon as it was clear I started on back to the post office. When I was nearly there a man pulled out in front of me from a gas station. He was going slow. I turned on my left blinker to go around him. As I got nearly beside him I saw his front left tire with a bubble the size of a baseball! I thought it was going to blow so I slowed down and got back away from him but stayed in my lane.

54: In a bubble of a fix!

55: Guests | Sure enough it did blow. I was nervous. I got back to the post office, turned every thing in and went on home. The next day I was called in the office with my shop steward. I was told I took a 6 minute personal break and that I took 10? minutes on my last run when it should of taken 5. I did it in 4 minutes and they were wrong. I also told them I took 2 personal breaks 2.5 minutes each and my shop steward clapped her hands and was laughing so hard. Later I figured out that they put me down for 10 minutes at the end of my route and included the time it took me to clean things up! Another time they deliberately put an unstamped letter in the tub I keep in my jeep for my rain gear. I never put anything in there. I just happened to see it while I was putting on my rain gear that morning in the parking lot. I showed it to some carriers. I took it on inside and dropped it in the letter tub to be mailed. That afternoon I brought my tub inside and when my supervisor saw me he turned around so fast. I'd never seen him move that fast. I got a signed letter from the carrier who used my jeep the day before to help deliver some mail in overtime. He didn't put anything in the tub either. I was so scared at all the things they were doing to me that one day on my route I saw 2 men in dress suits go by me writing on a clipboard. I was so scared I called the police. The next morning there were a lot of people at the post office.

57: Bee Safe! | Did you hear the one about the unstamped letter? You wouldn't get it. | Did you hear about the new postage stamp commemorating, man's best friend, the Dog? It's the first stamp in history that can lick itself. | some of the Stresses of the post office

58: 2/10/2011 | After 3:00 group I had a terrible breakdown. I could not stop crying. Then for the first time in my life I started seeing things. These 2" Spiders kept popping up all around me. I was scared. They were not real but they kept popping up all around me. They had to give me something to calm me down. It took about 45 minutes to an hour to calm me down enough.

60: 2/10/2011 | You may feel bad today but we don't know what tomorrow will bring. Tomorrow will be a different day.

63: 2/11/2011 | I didn't want to get out of bed. I didn't go to breakfast either. I am having fear and pressure. They brought me breakfast so I ate and went back to bed. I'm so vulnerable right now. If something is happening or someone says something rude I just fall to pieces. I'm at the end of my rope and the river of tears start flooding down my face. I'm just not strong enough to be around others yet.

64: 2/ll/20ll | Just before 11:00 a.m. group Samantha showed me how to make a tissue flower out of kleenex tissues. I used one tissue and made a small carnation. I twisted the base tightly. I'm going to carry it with me today. Now I have something that I can hold on to that calms me. Mrs. Allison showed me how to make water colors out of markers that set in water for a few minutes. I want to try it. Maybe I can use part of a roll of tissue to make a long stem. Then we went to group. During group I was sitting by Samantha and she started to cry so I gave her my first tissue flower to help calm her tears through friendship.

65: I love you!

67: 2/11/2011 | After 1:00 group I made some red and green water colors. Then I made a small tissue flower again. I dipped it in the red water to give the flower some color. Then I dipped the stem in the green water. I couldn't get the tissue to open up. It was too wet and could tear easily. So I set it down to dry for awhile. It looked like a small rosebud. Then I took 2 paper towels and did the same thing except I quickly dipped it on the tips and pulled them out fast. It is stronger and looks like a large white "Camellia" flower which means "adorable and lovable". Then I took one paper towel and used the zig-zag edge for the tips of the flower petals. It looks like a "Carnation" which is "the flower of love". It's most common meanings are "fascination, distinction, and love". Like many other flowers, the meaning of "Carnation" changes with the color of the flower. "White Carnations" express "purity and luck". "Pink" is a sign of "gratitude". What a coincidence! It seems to be telling me something.

68: continue | On the large "Camellia" I used another paper towel for a long stem. Also a small piece of another towel for a leaf. Mrs. Allison helped me arrange them in a pretty bouquet of flowers. She use to be a full time florist. They were so cute! Flowers are a helpful way to get you to relax and unwind. When I'm on our unit I find myself just looking at these 2 beautiful flower oil paintings on the wall. There's something about them that helps me think and do my journal and open up. It;s just something about them that I find fascinating and they help me to think and relax. The colors are gorgeous. It has Ivory, Burgundy, Forest Green, Dark Brown, and Gold. They are in a Rosewood carved Frame that just highlights it all. Flowers are definitely making me start seeing things in a different way. They're not just helping me but I can tell a difference in others too. Smiles are great to give and receive. | continue

69: I read that flowers tend to make people happy. Flowers are proven to improve our emotional health and "trigger happiness". Flowers trigger an instant smile to the receiver. Flowers have a great effect on moods. Studies show that people have felt less depressed and anxious and more enjoyment and satisfaction. Studies have shown an increase in relationships level whether it's with "family" or friends. Research has shown that people who give flowers tend to be more likable, enjoyable and more successful whether it's a man or woman. It's been proven that people who give flowers live in harmony with nature and tend to appreciate "beauty". | 2/ll/20ll

70: 2/11/2011 3:00 pm | In group we talked about attitudes and behaviors. Empathy- enjoy doing things for others as well as yourself. The only security in life is the ability to change. Life is always changing. I made another tissue rose and put the date and group time. Afterwards I gave it to Britteny, a new friend. She smelt of it and said it even smelt good.

72: 2/11/2011 | This evening I called you Dad. I wanted to let you know I was doing better. You didn't even know what happened that caused me to be put back in the hospital. I said, "It wasn't anyone but my past fears from the way I was threatened at the Post Office. You know I was injured on the job and I couldn't do enough to please them." And I also told you, "I am proud of you. From all the years of good service you have given them and all the rewards you have received. I am so happy for you." I thought for a moment and said, "I am part of you."

73: continue | The whole time I'm talking to you I'm looking up at the 2 Flower Oil Paintings on the wall. Just then is when I found my answer. I can make a collage like the pictures on the wall of our unit. I was staring right at the pictures while I was telling you all this. Then a HUGE calmness came over me like never before. You helped me find peace, comfort, and protection I have looked for for l6 years!!

74: continue 2/11/2011 | The old saying goes "A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words." And I'm going to prove it to you! You see each plant in the paintings represent You, Myself and the Postal Service. I saw a new vision and it all happened so fast. I tried to explain over the phone but you know how that is. I was so excited. I decided to draw the paintings the best I could. I was so pleased too. The other people were amazed at how well they looked. Mrs. Allison said they looked like one of the postage stamps from a long time back. And when she mentioned the postage stamp I wasn't afraid of it. It didn't even faze me. I just laughed. It meant so much to me that I decided to make this scrapbook for you. I hope from all my stories and illustrations that you can see the same visions and understand the feelings I've had all these years. I hope I've covered everything to make it as simple to understand as possible. This is how I found comfort from the pictures.

75: I Love You

77: I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection. Sigmund Freud

78: 2/11/2011

79: Each plant has a meaning. I may not be as healthy and strong as I used to be but I can start blooming again and help others to bloom as well. You have been strong and healthy and are still blooming great. | The small flower is me. | The large flower is you. You are strong and still still blooming. | They try to weed out the good in people. | The vine is what connects us together. | The prickly vines are what resembles the Post Office

80: It was something like this. | "Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds." Gordon B. Hinckley | "Plant thy foot firmly in the prints which His foot has made before thee." Joseph Barber Lightfoot | "When deeds speak, words are nothing." Pierre Joseph Proudhon | "The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name." Sylvia Browne

81: I Love You

82: I want to tell you some stories that happened to me while I was a Letter Carrier from March 25, 1988 to about the end of November 1999. Some are funny. Some of them are sad. Some of them are even scary. I loved my routes and there was hardly a dull day delivering the mail.

83: When I first started at the post office I carried a route for a week while the carrier went on vacation. He told me it's a good route and there's never any dogs loose. So one day my hands were so full I could hardly get the stamped letters off the mailbox. As I got the letters the clothes pin snapped off and as it closed it pinched the top off my hand. Ouch! It was hurting. I'm trying to get my hands free enough to where I can get the clothes pin off. It bruised too. When I got back in the office I told one of the check-in clerks about being bit. He thought it was hilarious. After that I was nick-named clothes pin. I told the carrier when he came back about being bit by a dog. He thought are you serious? I told him the address and explained as if it was a dog until the very end of my story when it came off the mail box and snapped closed on my hand. He laughed so hard. It was funny. | There was and older black lady that use to come out and say hi every day. She would want to talk but I'd be in a big hurry. She was sweet. Then one day I delivered her mail and I was already off the porch. I heard her door open and she was saying, "Hi-iiiiiii" and then it sounded like her mouth was covered up and the door was slammed shut loud. I stopped to listen a few moments but I didn't hear anything else. I wondered what it was. She had a younger man living with her. He helped around the house. Well I found out a couple of days later that she had been shot and killed that evening. The police found a pistol buried under a bush in her back yard. They couldn't find evidence to prove he did it. But I saw her daughter one day and I thought I should tell her what I heard happen. I didn't want to get involved in it but I got subpoenaed and I had to go to court. When the guy heard that the letter carrier was going to testify he went ahead and pleaded guilty. I feel so bad about not calling in to the police about what I heard when it happened and it bothers me that she may have still been living.

84: This is a true story that happened to me. I was nearing the end of the street and I kept hearing these birds up in a tree. It sounded like they were fighting. As I was crossing over the street I saw this baby blue jay in the middle of the street. The parents were so loud. I couldn't let it stay there and get run over. Next thing I knew something kept hitting my head. I thought acorns or nuts must be falling from the tree. I tried looking up but my rain helmet I had on was blocking my full view because of the wide brim. I still couldn't see anything. Then I saw a bird flying and chirping loud above and around me. I had never been attacked by a bird! But I still couldn't just leave it there. So I quickly picked it up and put it up on the curb in the grass. Then before I realized it here comes mommy and she pokes me between my eyes. It even broke the skin. It scared me pretty bad. It didn't really bleed much. I thought whoa! O. K. I'm out of here!! When I went to lunch I told the other carriers what had happened and we all were laughing. Then one of them said, "You better go get it checked out because it could have rabies." My eyes got so big!! I said, Are you joking? Oh no!" Then he smiled so big and said, "not really." He had me so convinced too. | It's the Letter Cattier!! Get away from my baby or I'll peck your eyes out. | Take your time and don't be afraid. I'll watch you. | Whaa!!! Whaa!!! What was that? | I was only trying to help. | O.K. I'm out of here! | I'm here for the rescue! | What's going on? | I'll be watching you, too!

85: A Mother Blue Jay's Love A mother bird so good of cheer Encourages her little feathered dear "Take your time and do not fear For I'll be watching you close and near." The little blue jay went over to peer Then over it went to the street with tears Saw its mother come to hear And heard a thump with its little ears. "It's the Letter Carrier with her gear Stay away from my little dear!" The Letter Carrier thought to steer Over to protect the cute little dear. But the mother again who promised to be near Made the carrier get her rear in high gear!

86: The Story of Shadow One beautiful day I was deliver- ing mail and I saw this Black Lab chasing a tennis ball. I'd never seen him before so I was nervous. When I crossed the street I noticed he was still playing. It was an older couple that was throwing the ball far down the street and he would bring it back to them every time. When I got to one house from them he decides to bring the ball to me. I | stood still for a moment and talked to him. I tried to get by but he wouldn't let me. I scratched his head and told him, "I need to go." He moved again in front of me. So I pet a moment. He was sweet. Then when I tried to go again he would move in front of me every time! I was laughing because he kept me held up. He was a strong dog. Then I took my head down a little bit and looked at his

87: eyes and told him again, "I've got to go, honey.". Then I realized, "Oh! you want ME to throw the ball." I was nervous. So I carefully and slowly got the ball from him and his big tail waging and sometimes hitting me (ouch!) and threw the ball hard so I could go on. he beat me over to the older couples house. We all were laughing. They said they had never seen him either. He had just came up to them wanting to play. I told them we didn't have a dog. The lady said they would keep him over the weekend and if no body comes looking for him or puts up any lost signs that I could take him home with me. Oh he was the sweetest thing. It was hard keeping quiet about it to the kids over the weekend. Then when I went to work that Monday I was nervous and excited to see him. When I got to their house the lady said I could take him home. I was driving the blue Omni and he was big sitting in the back. When I got home I went inside and told the kids I had something big in the back of the car and I needed help getting it in. Daniel went first. It was already dark outside. I watched him peaking in the window. When he saw him he was excited. Then he runs up to me giving me a big hug & said, "thank you, thank you, thank you!" Then he called Christy and told her. They went out and brought him in. We all loved him. He was my favorite dog.

88: Before I was injured in April 1994 the customers on my route couldn't believe how fast I could deliver the mail. They said they had never seen anyone go as fast as me. Sometimes I had 1 or 2 runs left to go when I went to lunch at 12:30. I loved my route. At the end of it was driving and I took my break at a small park in-between the streets. I couldn't ask for a better route. Some of my customers called me road runner or speedy gonzalez. They were nice too. Another story is about this black older man. He was in one of the wars. He was not well mentally.

89: One time it was in winter and it was in the upper 20s. It was freezing. As I was getting close to his house I notice he was outside and it looked like he was wearing a brown one piece suit that fit tight. He was skinny. Also with black boots. As I got closer I realized he was naked outside with only black socks on!! Well I didn't go to his house and I had to cross the street and skip some houses. I told some of the carriers the next day and they nick named him socks! They were asking me all the time about socks. One day I had to go to jury duty in Dallas. I was nervous as it was. Then afterwards I was at the bus stop. Who do you think I saw jay walking in the street close to where I was? Yep it was socks!! I saw him and I turned my head down. I looked back and he was staring right at me!! What a day! | coincidences

90: A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. David Brinkley | One time I wrote a letter to our union and they published it in the newsletter. I talked about the injured carriers giving of themselves and coming into work when they should of been staying at home off their feet. I gave two different names and talked about how much pain they had been having but they were still willing to help out. I didn't put my name down but I said these people care enough to come in and help and may not be as good as the rest of the carriers but they know their help is needed. Like the old song goes,"They may be just an old chunk of coal" but actually they are the "diamonds in the rough."

91: What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us Oliver Wendell Holmes | Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. Vincent van Gogh | Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. Arthur Ashe | Famous Quotes

92: Rural delivery wagon, 1899 | Rural delivery wagon, 1899 | Screen wagons, 1900 | Electric auto-mobile, 1901 | Rural delivery wagon, 1901 | Columbia automobile, 1906 | Motorcycle, 1911 | Parcel Post Truck, 1913 | Mail truck, 1913 | Autocar truck, 1914 | Automobile, 1914 | Parcel Post wagon, 1914 | Mail trucks, 1914 | Parcel Post wagons, 1915 | Government mail truck, 1915 | Horse-drawn sled, 1920 | Automobile, 1930 | Jeep, 1950s

93: Highway Post Office, 1953 | Sit-stand truck, 1964 | Mailster, 1964 | Dispatcher Jeep, 1955-1970 | Jeep Mail Truck | Grumman Long Life Vehicle, 1987 | Mobile postal van | City carriers, 1888 | Special delivery messengers, 1890 | City carrier, 1908 | Rural carrier, 1908 | Village carrier, 1920 | Star route carrier, 1920 | City carrier, 1923 | Postmaster General & city carriers, 1963 | Peterville P.O., Indiana, 1890s | Searsburg P.O., Vermont, 1914 | Ellisville P.O., Illiois, 1891 | Bicycle, 1973 | Postal-jeep DJ5, 1965

94: Sprott P,O., Alabama, 1936 | Houston Drive-In, Texas, 1951 | Self-service postal unit, 1964 | Hinsdale P.O., New Hampshire, 1974 | First authorized mail flight, 1911 | First airmail service, 1918 | First international mail flight, 1919 | Swinging the prop, 1920s | First airmail service, 1918 | Testing transcontiental service, 1923 | Loading airmail, 1930 | Inside a Railway P.O., pre-1912 | Crane and catcher arm, 1910s | Railway mail clerk, 1913 | Loading mail, 1915 | Railway mail clerk, 1916 | Burglar-proof rail cars, 1921 | Railway mail clerks, 1929 | Target practice, 1929 (train robberies) | Railway mail clerk, 1940s

95: Mobile Postal Van | Inside Mobile Postal Van | Running Pony logo used by the U. S. Post Office Department before the creation of the USPS Formed Feb., 20, 1792 and Dissolved July 1, 1971 | Full eagle logo, used in various versions from 1970 to 1993 | I drove a 2 & 5 ton for a short time in my first 18 months. I made a 100 on my driving test. | Postage Stamp | The first postal service in America arose in February 1692, when a grant from King William & Queen Mary empowered Thomas Neale "to erect, settle and establish within the chief parts of their majesties and plantations in America, an office or offices for the receiving and dispatching letters and pacquets, and to receive, send and deliver the same under such rates and sums of money as the planters shall agree to give, and to hold and enjoy the same for the term of twenty-one years." | The United States Post Office was created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin on Wednesday, July 26, 1775 | The first stamp issues were authorized by an act of Congress and approved on March 3, 1847. The earliest known use of the Franklin 5c is July 7, 1847, while the earliest known use of the Washington 10c is July 2, 1847. Remaining in postal circulation for only a few years, these issues were declared invalid for Postage on July 1, 1851. | of 1865

96: The first rural route in Texas was established August 1, 1899 in the city of Fate, La Grange. | 40s | Ochopee P.O., Florida, 1970s | It's good to be a part of this family tree isn't? I can now say I've served an important part in the history of the United States. I may not have any awards but some day your rewards will follow on down the family tree and I can look at it and be proud and know that I followed in the same footsteps of my father and have something I can hold on to.

97: 1910s | 1950s & | 1920s | 1960s | 1900s | 1880s & 90s | 40s | 30s & | Benjamin Franklin's postal career began in 1737 when the British Crown Post appointed him postmaster of Philadelphia.

98: A.A. Milne | Aristophanes | Aristoteles, Onassis | Ayn Rand | Baltasar Graciany | Benjamin Franklin | Bonnie Prudden | Charles Barkley | Edith Wharton | Eleanor Roosevelt | Ella Baker | George Eliott | George Horace Lorimer | Han Suyin | Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | Joseph Barber Lightfoot | Ken Venturi | Abraham Lincoln | Malcolm Cowley | Gordon B. Hinckley

99: Nido Qubein | Oscar Wilde | Peter Marshall | Pierre Joseph Proudhon | Rabindranath Tagore | Rev. Randall R. McBride, Jr. | Robert H. Schuller | Robert Louis Stevenson | Robert M. Hensel | Ronald Reagan | Ted Turner | Theodore Roosevelt | Thomas Jefferson | Victor Kiam | Vivian Greene | Walt Whitman | Marcus Aurelius | Authors of the famous Quotes | Satchel Paige | Sigmund Freud

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