Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Educating the Uneducated: Geography
While GPS and GoogleMap are great tools, they cannot answer every geographical question. And knowing geography is something you will use outside of school. Below is a telephone conversation with a post office employee located in Lubbock, Texas.
Stacey: "Hi. I'm calling because I sent an overnight express mail yesterday to Wichita and apparently someone or something in Arlington made a mistake and now it will not get to Wichita on time. Instead, it's at your facility".
Employee: "That's because Wichita doesn't exist. It's Wichita FALLS".
Stacey: "No, it's for Wichita, KANSAS".
Employee: "Well that's the problem."
Stacey: "No, it was correct on the envelop, mailing address, and zipcode. The point is though that now it's not going to make it to Wichita on time. And I need to know when I can expect that package to be in Wichita".
Employee: "I don't know. It's a small city so I'm not sure how long it will take."
Stacey: "No, Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas."
Employee: "Well it depends on how long it takes the truck to get there since it probably isn't large enough for an airport there".
Stacey: "Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas. It is bigger than Lubbock. It has an airport"
Employee: "You'll have to check with the post office in Wichita then. They should know when they get mail from Lubbock."
Stacey: "And you don't know when your mail is set to arrive from Wichita or anywhere else?"
Employee: "I don't understand"
Stacey: "If I mailed a package from Wichita to Lubbock, could you tell me when your mail would arrive?"
Employee: "Did you ship something from Wichita to us?"
Stacey: "No.... I'm trying to reverse the role to try and get an answer. When do you usually get incoming mail from out of state?"
Employee: "I don't know. I don't work second shift."
Stacey: "So if I want to know when my mail will get from Lubbock to Wichita, I need to contact second shift workers at the Wichita post office... right?"
Employee: "I don't think Wichita is big enough to have people working second shift."
Note: If you struggled trying to pass high school and are geographically-inept, don't worry because boy does the government have a job for you! Welcome to the U.S. Post Office!
PS- Never in my life have I ever wanted to slap someone with an Atlas so much!