On Anger With the Post Office

Over the weekend, I mentioned that I’ve recently started collecting some rarities relating to Elbow, the Mancunian band that I utterly adore.

Toward the end of the post, I mentioned that I’d ordered the Build a Rocket Boys! Souvenir Book from Elbow’s current UK tour. In the book, frontman Guy Garvey talks with artist Oliver East about the songs from Build a Rocket Boys! and its predecessor The Seldom Seen Kid, and East provides illustrations for the songs.

East, by the way, provided the animation for the band’s video for “Open Arms,” the band’s next single.

Well, it appears that the Build a Rocket Boys! souvenir book arrived yesterday in the mail.

But rather than deliver it to the doorstep or putting it in the mailbox (or hanging it from the mailbox), the package was left in the yard, where it went unnoticed.

And at five o’clock this morning, we had a torrential deluge and massive thunder.

The package was found in the yard, nowhere near the mailbox, this morning.

It was soaked through.

The book, frankly, is ruined. It’s unsalvageable. The ink has run on many pages. It’s covered in mud. Many pages are still sopping wet.

Even in its damaged state, it looks fabulous. If you’re an Elbow fan, the Build a Rocket Boys! souvenir book looks like something you would want to have.

And so, I’ve ordered another.

I’m having this one shipped to the office. I’m not supposed to have things shipped to the office — it’s against the rules — but to be perfectly frank, I don’t care. I play by the rules, I’m bloody responsible, and for this one thing, I don’t see an issue.

I’m pissed as hell with the post office. Way to go, you sodding wankers, leaving a package in the yard.


Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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