Thursday, February 20, 2020

Quizzes

Here is a couple of quiz questions for you.

Japan is not a physically large country, so the SAL system for mail, Surface Air Lifted, would not account for a mail delay of more than two days before being loaded onto a plane for Australia. I should think directly to Melbourne, but if another Australian city, you could perhaps add a couple of days for more sorting and a short flight.

More sorting in Melbourne, at worst surely two more days, in total perhaps just over a week and that would be quite reasonable.

Clearly I wouldn't be mentioning this if the delivery of a Christmas present from our Friend in Japan was timely. Take a guess when it was delivered to us after it was postmarked 30th November 2019 in Japan?


If you live in Melbourne or have driven in Melbourne and you already know, please let others have a guess. If you live interstate, I am impressed that you know, but again please others have a guess.

It is an illuminated road sign. What is it about? Check back in twenty four hours after this is published for answers.

26 comments:

  1. "Right turn only." That's my guess. Lol.

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  2. I often blame our mail system for the delays. Mail from Canada has often taken four weeks (and I am talking cards and letters not parcels).
    The road sign? Pacman played here.

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    1. EC, I think the problem is very much in Australia. And no, no Pacman.

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  3. It would be redundant for me to say there was a problem within the postal departments...either one or the other or both.

    "Dogs Take Note! Pee on the tree! Not on this post!"

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    1. Lee, I fairly sure it is here. We have great problems even with short distance mail.

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    2. Touch wood! I've never had any complaints about slow delivery by Aus Post.

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  4. I'm guessing the parcel got delivered yesterday, just in time for you to write about it today.
    Not a clue about the road sign, unless they want cars to drive a little to the left before making a 90* right hand turn?

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    1. River, not quite that late. You are getting slightly warm with your suggestion.

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  5. We actually have these Captain-not-Cook (trying to speak in code hear) turns now in Sydney, too - in George St at the corner of Market St heading south for people turning West.

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    1. Marcellous, I didn't know that. I must take a look.

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  6. The mail must have travelled in those old postal coaches, lol.
    I think those are the signs for those strange right turns in Melbourne, where you go left to turn right. It was very confusing for me :)

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  7. My guess is the package took just under three months to arrive, would have been faster to take it there in a small boat, with a sail. The street sign, is go left around the roundabout to go right.

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    1. Travel, not quite about the package but I like your line of thought. Nowt to do with roundabouts.

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  8. I would say you received it early February. Don't get that sign, bit dumb on that :) but I'll get over it.
    Once had a parcel come from near Washington, DC, it took 3 months to get here!

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    1. Margaret, not quite that bad about the parcel. Three months, like 90 days. Really bad.

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  9. We often have ten day mail from my brother in southern Oregon. Even I could bike that distance in ten days easily, except for the "up" sections. I'd be pushing. By that rate it might take years to get a package to you from here in Australia, but air post is likely much faster than our rural Oregon mail trucks, who might take a southern Oregon letter clear to Portland to be sorted then back down to me. Somewhere it gets slowed in the process. The road sign looks like a snake with a forked tail and pointed head. Looks a bit like roundabout signs here, directing you to a distination off the circle, in this case to the right after the go around.

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    1. Strayer, I think our governments are trying to push us towards using private delivery services. Good imagination about the sign.

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  10. Headlines in local newspaper about the mail here. After Snowmageddon2020 houses on many mail routes got a letter from the post office saying their mail was held up due to the snow challenges mail undeliverable. I am serious. You couldn't make this stuff up.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Err, yes, I see your point WWW.

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  11. I got a confirmation for the caretaker two days after he had already worked. Automatically the city sends per mail the documents when they see when you are born and not supposed to have a computer. Now I told them to send me EVERYTING per mail. And I am still waiting for a Christmas card which was send 3 years ago from South Africa !! And on top the stamps have become so expensive !

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    1. Gattina, even really old people here are expected to have computers. It makes it hard for them. Yes, stamps went up by a huge amount here too, but nearly half price for pensioners.

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  12. Touch wood no probs with Australia Post Andrew, in fact anything I've ordered on line comes so fast it takes me by surprise, I expect it to take longer 😊

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