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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8415 on: September 24, 2013, 09:11:42 AM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?

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« Reply #8416 on: September 24, 2013, 09:20:35 AM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?

Nothing except it is a federal offense if you are caught stealing mail. "Stealing mail is considered a federal offense. The penalty for stealing mail may include a costly fine and jail time. The fine can cost up to $250,000 and the jail time can total to around five years." http://www.ask.com/question/what-is-the-penalty-for-stealing-mail
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8417 on: September 24, 2013, 10:08:55 AM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?

We have neighborhood mailboxes.  What keeps the mail from getting stolen is that all of the mailboxes are locked.  We have a key to open our mailbox.

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« Reply #8418 on: September 24, 2013, 10:10:45 AM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?

Nada.  Someone could easily steal my mail.  I do have packages delivered to my work which eases the mind a bit.
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« Reply #8419 on: September 24, 2013, 12:36:10 PM »
First I needed to say, I love love this thread, you learn so much even about things you never wondered about it's great !


Now to my question, when is the best moment for a quick workout?
In a fit of enthusiasm I've decided that I'll try and keep a (at least at first) quick and basic workout with a few basic fitness exercises (those 5/10 minutes routines ones).
I have all day free to do that whenever I want, but is there a best moment to do it? Before/after a meal?
I guess not right after but I have low blood sugar problems so I cannot picture myself doing it without having eaten breakfast...

I'm also in front of the computer most of the day, any tips or website about exercices and stretches to do during breaks?

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« Reply #8420 on: September 24, 2013, 12:47:35 PM »
I don't know the scientific answer, but what works for me is to have a small amount of food, then to work out, and then to follow it with some kind of protein and carbohydrate combination. So, usually I make a protein shake in the morning (banana, protein powder, yogurt, berries, oatmeal, and maybe some spinach leaves), drink 1/3 of it right away, get my kids ready to go, etc, then go work out. Afterwards, I drink the rest of the shake. Or, I'll go for a run at night a couple hours after dinner, and have some cheese and an apple after. I never go without some kind of fuel. This works for a lot of people, but it just makes me feel shaky and weak. I need to have at least half a banana or something if I'm going first thing in the morning.


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« Reply #8421 on: September 24, 2013, 05:27:45 PM »
First I needed to say, I love love this thread, you learn so much even about things you never wondered about it's great !


Now to my question, when is the best moment for a quick workout?
In a fit of enthusiasm I've decided that I'll try and keep a (at least at first) quick and basic workout with a few basic fitness exercises (those 5/10 minutes routines ones).
I have all day free to do that whenever I want, but is there a best moment to do it? Before/after a meal?
I guess not right after but I have low blood sugar problems so I cannot picture myself doing it without having eaten breakfast...

I'm also in front of the computer most of the day, any tips or website about exercices and stretches to do during breaks?

For me the main thing is not right after a meal, but also not to be ravenous--I sometimes will eat a small piece of fruit before exercising, and half an hour after breakfast is enough to settle my stomach for a workout.

I generally find I'm more likely to exercise early in the day, but that's very much an individual thing.
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« Reply #8422 on: September 24, 2013, 07:50:03 PM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?

See I found getting mail put through the front door odd! When I lived in the UK it really freaked my out, partly because the postie had to walk past my bedroom window early in the morning to do it. He was a chatty man as well, I often wondered how long it took him to do his route.

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« Reply #8423 on: September 24, 2013, 11:00:47 PM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?
Mail does get stolen, but its usually outgoing mail.  We can mail things from roadside mailboxes.  Just put up the red flag on the side so the carrier knows you have something going out.  In my area we've had a number of mail thefts, mostly outgoing mortgage payments or other payments.  The thieves have figured out how to erase all but the signature on those checks, then write in new information and steal your money.  Now most people around here mail bills from work or put them in the large collection boxes located outside some businesses. 

Like someone else said - valuable items often come by UPS or some other private delivery system.  They come to the door.  If you are not home when the delivery is made they may leave a note where to call to get the package delivered, or they may leave the package near the door or with a neighbor and leave you a note telling you where the package is. 

The mail delivered to roadside mail boxes is mostly bills and advertising fliers with a few magazines.  There's so little of value most thieves don't bother. 

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« Reply #8424 on: September 24, 2013, 11:42:55 PM »
Some older houses in the US still have the in-door mail slot. But for some reason, the Post Office doesn't seem to want to use them. My uncle has a perfect good mail slot in his front door and got his mail through it for decades, but recently had to put a mail box on his house. There's a mail slot in my front door and I'd be happy to get mail there, but the Post Office wants a mail box out by the street.

In older neighborhoods, the mail carrier walks from house to house and puts the mail in a mailbox that is attached to the house, usually near the front door. While people could steal from those, you had to walk up to the front door to do so, and neighbors could see you. That might have been something of a deterrent.

The Post Office is moving more and more towards having the mail carriers deliver the mail while driving. The mail boxes out at the end of the driveway by the street work well for this. In some neighborhoods and apartment complexes, all the mailboxes are placed out at the entrance to the neighborhood/complex, like this:

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The mail carrier can drive up and deliver the mail without getting out of the truck.

There used to be a problem with thieves targeting the mail the day Social Security checks were delivered, but now that is all done by direct deposit.

While it might be sad that a birthday card or letter got stolen, there's no huge loss. The main thing that would be stolen these days is packages, and those could be delivered by the Post Office, UPS or Fedex. The latter two are not allowed to use mail boxes.
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« Reply #8425 on: September 25, 2013, 07:47:41 AM »
My parents' area have mailboxes on the front of the house, next to the door. The carrier has to park and walk to deliver the mail.

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« Reply #8426 on: September 25, 2013, 08:36:52 AM »
I've seen and had various kinds of mailbox locations. We've done the apartment thing, with the boxes on the first floor and a key to get into them.  My parent's street had a large box with a bunch of smaller, lockable boxes where everyone picked up their mail.

Our mailbox is on our porch, right next to our door, and most homes around here have mailboxes either on their front porch or on the exterior wall next to the front door. 

I've also seen some with the mailbox on a post in front of the house, so it varies.
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« Reply #8427 on: September 25, 2013, 08:58:25 AM »
I grew up in the country, and the post carrier had to drive from house to house, so we had a mail box by the driveway.  There were all kinds of rules about what kind it could be, how it was set up, and to make sure it was cleared promptly when it snowed. Digging out the mailbox was always the first shoveling job.

Then I lived in a town that was so small that nobody had a mailbox, and we all had to go to the local post office to get our mail.  All 800 of us. 

Most of the time, I've lived in apartments with locking mailboxes, but there has been more than one time when a package was too big for the box.  The carrier is supposed to leave a note and take the package back to the post office for pickup, but a lot of times they leave the package by the door and knock.   I'm usually at work, so I find the package leaning against my door when I get home.   I've had a lot of mail stolen that way, when I lived in places that weren't entirely safe.  Now I live in a complex where all too-big mail goes to the apartment complex office, and they hold it for us.  No more problems with sticky-fingered neighbors.

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« Reply #8428 on: September 25, 2013, 09:17:43 AM »
The mail delivery people walk to deliver mail door to door and I've noticed they typically drive station wagons/small vans around with the USPS logo on the side.  They'll park them at one spot and walk to deliver the mail to the homes in that area and then drive to another spot and take care of that section.
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« Reply #8429 on: September 25, 2013, 09:24:16 AM »
I keep reading about having paint colours mixed up specially in shops.  Is that common in America?