I enjoy a bit of absurdity.
It was late Friday afternoon. Zen-Den was working from home in
a guest bedroom his upstairs office that overlooks the front yard and street.
He was on a conference call, listening, bored presumably, and staring out the window at the street.
There was a gust of wind and just like that our extra large [15″x11.7″x24.8″] black metal [11.5 lbs] mailbox [identical to this one] went flying off its post– and started scampering down the street.
Like a sneaky pet dog out on an adventure.
Never slowing down, never looking back.
Z-D, still listening to his conference call saw what had happened, found me downstairs, pointed outside, and mouthed the words “mailbox escaped.”
I looked out the window and understood. I immediately went running out the front door to chase our mailbox, WITH OUR MAIL IN IT, down the street.
On a cold late autumn day.
Without a coat or gloves on.
The little miscreant, pushed by more gusts of wind, slide downhill in the gutter along the side of the street until it was in front of our next-door neighbor’s house where the runaway fell on its side, popping up its little red flag in surrender.
Nice touch, eh?
I was charmed in spite of the situation.
I picked him up, double-checked that our mail was still inside [it was], then started walking home with said sneaky mailbox cuddled in my arms, like you might when you capture a wiggly dog.
However unlike a warm small furry dog, a metal mailbox is cold, cold, cold to carry. I wasn’t dressed for the elements let alone a search and rescue mission that involved carrying a large mailbox home.
Mailboxes have sharp edges.
Trust me on this.
laughing at acknowledging the absurdity of this situation, I got the little fellow home, put him in the garage, and walked down the driveway to see what had happened that prompted our mailbox to make a run for it.
Come to find out, the wood on the post that forms the horizontal platform on which the mailbox sits had rotted underneath the mailbox. The mailbox had been attached with screws to the rotting wood, but the gust of wind was powerful enough to rip them out of place, and sent our mailbox flying.
This was a first for me/us, but one that graciously provided us with the gift of a Saturday project.
Yep, we had to replace the rotting wood on the post then re-attach the mailbox, no worse for the wear btw, to the new sturdy wood plank.
So we did.
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The foregoing story reminds me of my favorite TikTok. It stars a dog named Bean. Do dah, do dah!