5 Years or $250,000

That’s the maximum penalty for mail fraud. This morning I tracked a package that was evidently delivered yesterday and “left at the front door” because the package didn’t need to be signed for. Russell just called to report that the package, a gift for someone, is no where to be found. In retrospect, I suppose I should have posted a sign directing FedEx, UPS and DHL to leave all packages at the office, whether they need to be signed for or not (the regular drivers know to do this, but the holiday temps do not).

Maybe the box is sitting in some dark corner of the foyer waiting to be found; perhaps a trusted neighbor is holding it until he sees me next. Send positive thoughts, folks because I can’t afford to replace this gift. This is the second time I’ve lost a package that was left out during the holidays. The previous time, I didn’t know a package was coming and I was out of state at the time of its supposed arrival.

Stealing: NOT in the spirit of the holiday. If you are expecting a package and you aren’t going to be home during delivery, leave a note on your door instructing parcels to be held for you at the pick-up facility. I saw several news items reporting that thieves are swiping boxes off of doorsteps.

Sorry Jessie, you may have to settle for homemade baked goods this year : (

NOTE: things sent via USPS ALWAYS get to me. Huzzah for the United State Postal Service (and Dad’s job security)!