How Far Back

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by big rockpile, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    I get a laugh at the UPS Comercial where they show the storm of the century and UPS is still delivering.

    They won't come back here,I have to go meet them.Girl from Fed Ex made it back here said she would never come again.Called Ambulance out here,they sent a Guy over here to get me out.They won't bring Propane out here.Fire Department turned a Truck over,they weren't too happy.If the Law has to come they walk back here.

    Does any of you Guys have the same problem? Hey sometimes it does have advantages :haha:

    big rockpile
     
  2. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

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    we get daily mail, definately a contract given to the lowest bidder
    propane comes out if it hasnt rained within 2 weeks
    a firetruck got stuck in front of our house a couple of weeks ago...I doubt if they will be frequenting our neighborhood...

    UPS does come
    if it isnt rainy, snowy, icy


    my husband called 9-1-1 a couple of years ago for a neighbor whose wife was dead in the bed... and they asked my husband to go check on her and call them back before they bothered to come out

    he informed them that he wasnt qualified to determine her condition and they just better come on out...
     

  3. RedneckWoman

    RedneckWoman Well-Known Member

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    Rockpile, I thought I was the only one that had that problem. Being way out in the boonies isn't the problem here it's just everyone hates the rough, narrow road and afraid to cross the bridge (nice wide bridge inspected and everything people are just afraid to drive across it). Our UPS guy has been giving me nasty looks the past few days when he has delivered some stuff I ordered. They won't cross the bridge to get to my house so they carry the stuff nearly a quarter of a mile or call me to pick it up twenty miles away. The fire dept won't come over here, if my house catches fire I am outa luck and I hope I never injure myself or break anything because the emts won't come here either. The cops have no problems coming over here though lol.
     
  4. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

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    twice now
    the UPS man has seen us driving in a different town ( not the same town each time) and he has motioned us to stop and he handed us our package :)
     
  5. Nette

    Nette Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Caroline00--Don't you love UPS? What service! UPS will deliver to our house, but if I know Fedex is the shipper of choice, I'll get *whatever* shipped to my office. Fedex just doesn't seem to know how far down the path they really need to go...

    We get propane out here, and DH used to have gasoline delivered, but the gas dude suddenly got scared of the dogs, and refused to come down the path anymore.
     
  6. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Had 40 acres in colorado. Mail wouldn't come up our road. UPS wouldn't come. FedEx wouldn't come. Propane truck would come if road was dry. (Sometimes the road was dry LOL). School bus wouldn't come. Ambulance came for a neighbor and got lost. Funny thing tho. The building inspector had no trouble getting up there at all.
     
  7. Okie-Dokie

    Okie-Dokie Well-Known Member

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    Creek County Oklahoma between Depew and Shamrock. At least that's the closest places with a zip code. We don't get many encyclopedia salesmen here either.
     
  8. Randy Dandy

    Randy Dandy Well-Known Member

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    No problems here. Anyone can make it to our place if need be. Some people consider it in the sticks but its not really. If we had a fire I'm afraid it would be too late before they showed up though. Same goes for medical or law enforcement. If I could change it we would be 200 miles off the road. It sounds like you all have really great places.
     
  9. tnborn

    tnborn Well-Known Member

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    Hey want to hear something funny,
    USPS want deliver mail at my house either and I work at the post office. :haha: So,my mail is at the post office.
    Tree caught fire that was struck by lightning had to call the fire department . Police had to escort the fire truck to show them where we live. Anyway, the fire truck did not have any water to put out the fire, did not have an axe. On top of everything else, they got stuck.
    Fedex and UPS can't find me.
    The electric company and water company can find me :grump: without any problem.
    tnborn
     
  10. Ozarks_1

    Ozarks_1 Well-Known Member

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    Airborne is absolutely worthless when they get off pavement!

    As for FedEx, it depends on the driver. Had one driver who never could find a friend's place, but somehow managed to drive past his driveway and deliver packages to the taxidermy shop 1/4 mile further down the road. :haha:

    UPS is pretty good ... even when they get the package on the wrong truck!
     
  11. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    I've had the Law come in here twice wanting me to take them further back.Whats funny is how scared they get,and how huffing and puffing they are coming out :haha:

    big rockpile
     
  12. Sparticle

    Sparticle Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Your post cracked me up. Not laughing at you, but at them. What a great "problem" to have, dang it people just can't get back to the house. The only problem I have are friends with cars don't want to come out. They car pool with the people with SUV's or trucks. I don't have people out here very often and when I do, I just invite all of my friends at the same time and get it all knocked out at once. I dont' see what the big deal is, guess they are just a little snooty and afraid they are going to get their paint chipped by a rock or something. One of my friends says he's afraid his tires will pop on my road, it's just crushed concrete for pete's sake.
     
  13. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

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    we've had the law and family services wanting us to take them to someone elses home...

    :no: *huh? dont know them..... sorry, I wished I could help you*

    The last thing we need is to make enemies with our neighbors...

    If the law has a reason or warrant, they better have an excellent map too!
     
  14. Alex

    Alex Well-Known Member

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    Thirty years ago the 4 miles past the reserve to our place was NOT passable for much of the year: no phone, no power, no school bus, only four families. Even today, no FedEx, mail, etc -- gotta go 26 km to town, Chetwynd, for that fancy stuff, and we do.

    Only time the Royal Canadian Mounted Police came out was to tell us Nancy's father was sick [and died before Nancy got back to CA on the bus -- couldn't afford a plane back then -- too bad -- but OK -- maybe just as well.]

    Now we have: power, phone, gravel year-round road, 24/7.

    So even if you are nice and back -- like rockpile -- things change.

    Still if you have some land -- the more the better -- you can keep your privacy.

    Alex

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    The Road We Live On, Just Past Our Place, Starlight, Gravel, Still No Phone, Power Right Here -- taken two summers ago.
     
  15. Darren

    Darren Still an :censored:

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    There's no road into our place or a bridge to get across the creek. If the creek's down,you can drive in through the pasture and up the trail if you know how. We had a new UPS driver come up to the house once. He seemed a bit shook up when he asked me if we always came in that way. Turns out he came the old way which parallels the creek and has several narrow spots with a 15' drop off. That road has been impassible even with a small tractor for about six months since it slid into the creek. Most times the UPS drivers leave stuff on the far side of the swinging bridge in a plastic bag tied to the rail. FexEx has actually left stuff at the post office fo us.

    Needless to say, we don't get kids at Halloween. It's really rare that anyone shows up. Most folks don't even want to walk across the swinging bridge. I guess the rotten boards are a problem.

    And yes it does have advantages. Nobody messes around. Anybody knocking on the door at night is going to be met with a gun.
     
  16. Mike in Ohio

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    Well, We aren't all that far back but we are all by ourselves in the middle of the Cleveland Metroparks (it's called an in-holding). UPS sent us a postcard by USPS to tell us our address didn't exist and we had to come pick up a package. Now, you do have to cross a one lane covered bridge to get to our place unless you come the back way past the parks operations center. We still can't stop laughing about the postcard after 8 years. Why send it if you don't think the address exists?

    Mike
     
  17. Quint

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    If my road is particularly bad or if I haven't got it cleaned off in the winter my UPS and FedEx guys will call me on my phone and ask me to come down to the mailbox but that has only happened during blizzards. I'm on a first name basis with my UPS and FedEx guys. They know where to put stuff if I'm not home and if they need a signature they'll call me in the AM to make sure I'll be home. I'll get a call like "Hey, Quint I need your sig on this package are you gonna be home this afternoon?" or "Hey Quint, I had a package for you and it was raining so I put it in the shed for you." or "Hey Quint, your driveway looks pretty treacherous in this ice storm, can you come down to the mailbox to pick up this box or do you just want me to bring it back tomorrow?"

    I lucked out with my UPS and FedEx guys. Even the DHL guy is good. I've never dealt with airborne here yet.
     
  18. GrammarGoddess

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    We have a similar problem with a few people but UPS and Fed EX are not one of them, our water delivery guy is afraid of our dog, a harmless Boxer but he does not know that. I have to call and insist he come back before he makes the trip.
    I am in SE Oklahoma.
    Amanda
     
  19. Raftercat5

    Raftercat5 Kathy in S. Carolina

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    Ha, ha, Rockpile! You're far off the beaten path, but you're not alone! We have the same problem (???) here. The FedEx guy got scared one night last winter to come all the way down our 1/2 mile driveway, so he thought he'd turn around (in a sandpit!!!) he thought was a turn-around place. Duh!!! Our mail carrier had a substitute one day (a woman) who was scared to deliver a package because it was sprinkling outside, so she put a card in our mailbox for us to come and get it, as we "were not at home" (we never left the house). Of course, the P.O. is about 10 mi. away. I swear I can hear the sucking sound of the dollars being burned up in the truck because of the cost of gas. Just because the driveway isn't paved and there's a low spot that becomes a creek when it rains hard....what's the problem? I can make it with my little Suzuki Esteem. Why can't they?
    - Kathy in SC