Saturday, 28 June 2008


What was my reward for hours of torture spent bouncing between numerous waiting rooms at the post office? If you are just joining this thread you need to read here and then here first to know what I'm venting about.

As somewhat anticipated, my parcel was a batch of forwarded mail from the UK containing the following:

  • 9 bank statements and
  • 7 credit card statements
  • 1 Annual report publication (199 pages) from a bank (yawn)
  • 2 Pension statements from the USA (showing a loss for last quarter)
(despite the fact I signed up for electronic versions only for all of the above!)
  • 2 Natwest bank card readers (whatever they are?)
  • 8 solicitations for extra credit and balance transfers (how many trees do banks kill every day?)
and........ drum roll please.......................

A letter from securemail delivery service in the UK saying that they tried twice to deliver an atm card but I wasn't there to accept it, so I need contact them to arrange to pick it up in person (must show id) - that's going to be easy, NOT! The damn machine swallowed my card here recently so I had ordered a replacement and that was the one thing I really needed!

Now that North Korea is off the list, I'm officially nominating the Post Office all over the world as part of the "AXIS of EVIL!"

Join forces with me now and help spread the word!



Will June 28, 2008 1:43 am  

Oh sucked me in with the suspense and I came back for some lousy banking statements...however, when I read the first post about registered mail I was going to recommend you ignore it as good news never comes by registered post. Period!

On an unrelated note - I have also read that you're thinking about leaving AR. I'm thinking about coming - is buying an automobile for foreigners really that hard? I really only want one to drive ruta cuarenta from Bariloche to as far south as it goes...and maybe on to Ushuaia... Do you have an auto that you will be selling when you leave?

Quickroute June 28, 2008 1:58 am  

Will: Welcome! If you were disappointed, howdya think I feel! I don't have a car but I am not aware on any restrictions on foreigners buying a second hand one.

Make sure you have a local verify all the papers are in order. Post a request to this Bulletin board and I wouldn't be surprised if you find a reputable seller from USA. If you have anymore Questions just drop me a line.

Thanks for stopping by

Xbox4NappyRash June 28, 2008 9:19 am  

on my usual tangent, 8 years ago while I was working back home, earning nice bucks, I applied for an increase in my credit card limit.


fair enough, but 8 years on, having not earned a penny or paid any tax, or having any record of my existence in Ireland anymore, I constantly get bombarded with increased limits, new cards, 50K loans etc...

sorry, it's kind of related...

Quickroute June 28, 2008 11:04 am  

Xbox: Many moons ago, I had to pay 3 months deposit for my first apartment since I had no credit history.

I had to get one of those secured credit cards where you pay 200 quid up front and get a 200 quid credit limit just to establish credit worthiness.

The ol' vicious cycle. You can't credit without history and you can't get history without credit!

Queen Goob June 28, 2008 12:00 pm  

Dammit I was hoping for melted chocolate, pantyhose, and a vibrator. What a let down.....but not as big as yours I'm sure. I agree with Will, nothing good EVER comes by registered mail. Heck, they have hot babes, and old men, and balloons come to your door if you win money so we were all sure that wasn't it.

Quickroute June 28, 2008 12:11 pm  

Queen Goob: "melted chocolate, pantyhose, and a vibrator" that could be a very messy combo but I like your train of thought!

I've won so little at the lottery over the years I must be due a big payout any day now!

Megan June 28, 2008 2:49 pm  

Sorry about your contents, there, Q. I was afraid it would be something like that.

In (somewhat) related news, I lost my driver license yesterday. So if the post office is the first circle of bureaucratic hell, I'm now off to the second, the Department of Motor Vehicles...

Quickroute June 28, 2008 3:29 pm  

Megan: I still use my New York drivers license as id everywhere I go. I've no idea what would happen if I lost it. I do know I'd be lost without it! May the force be with you down the DMV!

Baino June 28, 2008 5:31 pm  

It's not often I laugh out loud at 7am! You poor thing! My parcel never arrived in Ireland *sob* $180 Soccaroo shirt for a pal in Cavan. . . . Who sent all that to you? Mail em back a packet of poo!

Quickroute June 28, 2008 6:03 pm  

Baino: It was my brother in London doing a good deed sending my post over from London only he didn't need to send the stuff registered.

That's horrible about the soccaroo shirt - was it insured at all?

Patricia June 29, 2008 4:26 am  

My dearest, "welcome to ARG middle ages post office from hell!!!" I was just wondering why you hadn't experienced any of that stuff yet, well, what can I say? why do you think I ran away???
Anyhow, celebrating my b'day today so no mas bajones por favor!

Anonymous,  June 29, 2008 9:31 am  

Where in NY did you live? can't believe you had to wait that long at the post office.

Quickroute June 29, 2008 9:22 pm  

Patricia: Hola, y feliz cumple! hope you had a great day, lots of prezzies etc.
Not surprised you ran away, I may well run away myself now!

Nature Lover: I lived Upper East 78th Street and York Ave. Apparently these wait times are 'normal' here

Jenny June 29, 2008 10:28 pm  

Rid the world of evil!!!

VE June 30, 2008 3:57 pm  

Maybe they should start up the Pony Express again. I'm sure the only reason they went away was all the horse poop ordinances in various towns and cities...

Quickroute June 30, 2008 5:29 pm  

Jenny: Amen to that!

VE: I open to anything - GIDDYUP!

Nomadic Matt June 30, 2008 5:36 pm  

when did this little warning come up? too much link spam?

The UK seems pretty behind the times. Here in the good ole us of a, when i automate my bills, my bills get automated. I send everything to my parents house and let me read me my mail if it sounds important. Thing to consider!

Quickroute June 30, 2008 5:50 pm  

Nomadic Matt: Yeah I get hit with spam in waves - nothing for a month and then BAM!

Not sure why UK is so slow to convert to electronic statements but it's annoying.

Having someone open and read the mail could work but my finances or lack of them! is something I like to keep to myself!

Julia July 21, 2008 4:16 pm  

Before Rob and I came down here, we had all our mail forwarded to a paperless P.O. box where they throw out the junk, scan our mail, and e-mail it to us. It's worked well for us so far. Maybe there's one in Ireland.


Quickroute July 21, 2008 5:03 pm  

Julia, they do have a similar service but it's $$$ - I'm going to have to find another way!

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