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Return To Sender

October 16, 2010

We are only the third owners of our 1955 home. The first owner lived here for 50+ years. The second owners only 2 years, and now us. So we get a lot of mail for the first owner, a Mr. Harry S. You can learn a lot from someone’s mail. Harry was a military man. He was Republican, liked to support orphans overseas, was religious (and possibly somewhat conservative), and had a variety of retirement accounts.

He also, sadly, died a few years ago.

We, who have never met him and have nothing to do with him other than living in his previous house, know this. However, nobody else, at least in the bureaucratic world, knows this. So… yes. A lot of mail, which we really shouldn’t be receiving.

Terri tries to send these back as much as possible, to spread the word. But sometimes it doesn’t “take,” and things cycle back to us. So then she takes the next measure:

I came home last night and found this on the counter. I laughed and laughed. Yes, that phrase reads, “Stop being a f**king bureaucrat and return to sender!” (slightly smudged for those with sensitive eyes)

Of course there is no forwarding address. HE DIED. That is why you RETURN TO SENDER.

We are tired this weekend, pretty wiped out. It’s been a long week, full of appointments and computer failures and various ailments and so forth. So maybe the patience is wearing a bit thin. But that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh at it.

Now I’m off to plan a trip to the library and the nursery and think about mowing the lawn and planting some bulbs.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2010 10:15 am

    first, i think its really neat that you are only the third residents in your home.

    secondly, back in gainesville i would routinely get mail for someone named Ketorrie Wilson. i would always return it but mostly it came back, or the following month id just get newer versions of what i returned the previous month. after a while i just started throwing it away. what’s weird though, is that i would even get her magazines, one of which was Midwest Living (or something like that), which i found funny since Florida is no where near the midwest. at one point i even googled Ketorrie Wilson but found NOTHING other than my address! the only conclusion I can come to is that somewhere there is a ketorrie with a different last name and possible she was on a mailing list right below Jays name and the addresses and last names got mixed up somehow. but youd think shed wonder where her magazines are going???

    oh, one more thing: her magazines followed me to oregon too. i still get midwest living and More magazine. i dont understand this because i filled out four different change of address forms instead of the one ‘family’ one, mainly because i hoped ketorries mail would stay in gainesville.

    i give up.

  2. October 16, 2010 10:20 am

    also: not to speak ill of the dead, but Harry S. sounds like a barrel of laughs.

    one more thing ( i mean it this time): i may need to take Terris take charge attitude about this, because it sickens me that all this mail is going straight in the dumpster/recycling.

  3. jmjbookblog permalink
    October 16, 2010 8:43 pm

    I lived in my previous home three years and I would get mail from a loan company for that person and also from Medicare…I would put “Return to Sender” on the envelope and put it back in the mailbox. How could this person have moved and yet a loan company, Medicare and the IRS couldn’t track them down?

  4. October 17, 2010 4:32 am

    Speaking of the dead….When my father-in-law died, we could not stop his Internet service through AOL. They would not take our word for it that he was dead…..That his bill would no longer be paid….That they needed to shut down the service. Nope. Our word was not good enough. We had to send a certified copy of his death certificate or else they would continue billing him. I know the $15 for a death cert. doesn’t seem like a lot, but come on — we were talking about #@#$ internet service (not an inheritance). Please. I think Terri’s going to be playing with the mail for a while.

  5. October 17, 2010 7:28 pm

    Hahahahaha. Nice.

    We are only the third residents in our home as well! It’s great because it’s like a little time capsule. We don’t have some cheesy 1998 bathroom, 1986 den, and 2007 kitchen in our ’53 ranch. It’s all ’53 glory. Love it.

  6. October 18, 2010 9:40 am

    Ha! Love it! We still get mail for previous residents in our home and we’ve lived in it now 11 years.

  7. October 20, 2010 8:53 pm

    Seems like a common problem. Terri’s response I felt was very proactive. 🙂

  8. October 21, 2010 6:05 pm

    Well, I live in an apartment in a metropolitan area, so we receive mail for all kinds of previous residents. Previous resident Cassandra gets the American Girl catalog, Adventist magazine, and soon after we moved in, a guy from a collection agency knocked on our door looking for her. We also received phone calls for her from a collection agency.

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