Time to Spruce Up?

For some reason, an old mailbox brings a smile. People balk at changing to the new (USPS required for ALL locking mailboxes) rectangular shaped mailbox. “But the others are so CUTE!” are the words I hear over and over again.

Take a close look at Lilly Green’s photo. Please someone, explain to me exactly what you find “cute” about these. (Use the COMMENTS below to share your views.)

It’s not that I love the looks of the ones we build, but then I never loved the looks of the old ones, especially as they get old, rusty and filthy. What I do love about the new style is they work for the letter carrier and they work to keep your mail safe from mail thieves.

So I like them because they are easy to clean, efficient and are not being broken into. Our thousands and thousands of customers love them. They tell me they look so much better than the old ones and they can be gone for a few days and come home knowing their mail is safe.

Three NW Series locking mailboxes on a single post

One Columbia, one Gorge, and another Columbia NW Series locking mailboxes on a single post. Clean, neat, efficient and keeps the mail safe from theft.

So what do you think? Are these really ugly?

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Gallery

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Those of us in the northwest are used to the trunks of our trees growing some very interesting mosses and lichens. They are home to tiny bugs for the birds and also have some wonderful nesting materials. Photographers love the … Continue reading

Still Outside the Box

I promised to share the rest of the photos. You may remember that last week I went on a game of “Eye Spy” to see what I could find that had nothing to do with boxes as in mailboxes. I chose to search out only round things and I was surprised at how easy it was to find 16 cool things in our office. These things all prove we do think outside the box. Or at least we try very hard to be outside the box.

If you every need a little break at work away from your computer consider  brain exercise. Give this little game a try. Think of a color, or shape, size, or texture then decide on your criterion. Count the items that match your “rule”. Then close your eyes and try to remember them all. Were you able to do it?

On this day I used my camera to capture round items. You can see the rest of the photo on last week’s post Think Outside the Box

A Rainbow of Colors

A DVD supplies so much color. Rainbow whirls and arcs and distorted reflections.

Colorful Vinyl Rolls

Exterior vinyl for making signs, lettering, logos and of course address numbers.

Transfer Tape

 This handy tape is used to transfer the cut decal from the paper backing to the door, window, car, placard, sign or a mailbox.

World Time Clock

This interesting clock shows the exact time for anywhere in the world. This flattened view of the world makes everything distorted. All world maps do the same. What makes this map so unique is the center of the clock is one of the poles. The entire outside ring of the map is the other pole.

Nuts, Bolts and Cams

Funny round divided project parts carrier. These parts complete a lock.

Old School "Dinger" Service Bell

This remains a very simple and practical way for a customer to announce their arrival.

A Doorbell Button

A clever gecko swirls its tail around the doorbell button. A very cute alternative to a plain doorbell.

School Room Clock

There you can see we have a classic Roman Numeral clock on the wall.  Handsome round thing indeed and it proved to be very photogenic. That is a good thing.

Have a good week. So far this week we have been busy, normally when the weather is nasty it usually means a quiet day.

Check back next Tues when we share more stuff about the “exciting” world of mailboxes.

Think Outside the BOX

Don’t plod along in a rut, engage your brain, get creative, “Think outside the box.” Sure, that’s easy for you to say. But honestly it is hard for us to think outside the BOX. After all, what we do day in and day out is think about BOXES. Cardboard packaging BOXES, shipping BOXES, palletized BOXES, BOXES on shelves and of course all of these boxes are for our mailBOXES.

The building is a box, the warehouse is box, the office is a box. My cubical is a…well you get the idea. I decided to focus on “round” and eliminated the first things that popped into my head like coffee cups, mugs, etc . Could I find enough items to make a creative photo post? My work is cut out for me. 

A walk through the office and warehouse revealed many photo opportunities for items that popped out simply because they are round.

Color Sample Chips

Tape Gun, No Shooting, It's a Handy Speed Taping Tool

Paper Clips in a Round Container

Bits and Bolts

Have you ever tried to focus on a single color, texture or shape and then look around you? Are you surprised at the number of things that are often overlooked in your daily routine?

Cast Aluminum Ball Cap

Face of a Lock

Two Baseballs in a Glove, Waiting for Action

How Many Round Items Can You See In This Model '65 GTO?

In the above photo I thought I was just getting a picture of a steering wheel. When I looked at it on my computer screen, I was surprised to see so many round items. The entire photo experience was fun and in fact, I found so many things that proved interesting, that this is only half of the photos I took in about 10 minutes with my cell phone.

Give this little game a try. Decide on your criterion. Count the items that match your “rule”. Then close your eyes and try to remember them all. Were you able to do it?

Check back next week for the other half of the pictures. Sending wishes your way for a really great rest of the week.

Here’s the challenge, how many round things did you find in the last photo? Go ahead and post your answer in comments. 🙂

Shari