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(WTVR)   Postman delivers mail to burned out California homes in apocalyptic drone video. Wasn't this a Kevin Costner movie?   ( wtvr.com) divider line
    More: Strange, photographer Douglas Thron, California, Mail, Postal Services worker, white USPS truck, santa rosa, United States Postal Service, English-language films  
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2017-10-12 07:53:01 AM  
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2017-10-12 08:25:19 AM  
Postmaster Ford Lincoln Mercury will be proud.
 
2017-10-12 08:31:11 AM  
I think I'd rather have the post office hold my mail if the lot is ashes and cinders and all that's left is a charred mailbox.
 
2017-10-12 09:14:21 AM  
Yes, it was. I like the part when the postman befriends a wolf that always seems to be hanging around his post. Not as much dancing as you would think though.
 
2017-10-12 09:14:49 AM  
The drone video has better acting.
 
2017-10-12 09:15:39 AM  
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Now you want that mail, don't you, Mr. Kramer?
 
2017-10-12 09:16:05 AM  
GtaV mail vehicle photoshop.
 
2017-10-12 09:17:12 AM  
Be sure to always ring twice.
 
2017-10-12 09:18:32 AM  
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You must read this.
 
2017-10-12 09:19:18 AM  
I guess I should have delivered these fire insurance documents last week instead of leaving them in my apartment.  Oh well.  I get these flood insurance and mud slide insurance forms delivered right after I binge watch all the episodes of Doctor Who and The Simpsons.
 
2017-10-12 09:26:05 AM  
A forgettable movie, but a brilliant book.
 
2017-10-12 09:26:33 AM  
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2017-10-12 09:29:45 AM  

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Damn shame about that hearse/ambulance :(
 
2017-10-12 09:31:07 AM  

thespindrifter: Louisiana_Sitar_Club: [img.fark.net image 850x658]

Damn shame about that hearse/ambulance :(


Looks like another classic was in the garage for those home owners.  Shame.
 
2017-10-12 09:37:17 AM  

Guairdean: A forgettable movie, but a brilliant book.


I enjoyed the movie.  I'll admit its flaws but I still enjoyed it.

The book was certainly good but it left us hanging.  The part where the "Technologists" (or whatever...been a while) talked about trying to keep the AI alive after civilization collapsed was really good.  I had to put the book down and think about that one.
 
2017-10-12 09:39:20 AM  
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2017-10-12 09:43:44 AM  
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor raging inferno, nor gloom in plenty stays these couriers..

Or something like that.
 
2017-10-12 09:43:50 AM  

UberDave: Guairdean: A forgettable movie, but a brilliant book.

I enjoyed the movie.  I'll admit its flaws but I still enjoyed it.

The book was certainly good but it left us hanging.  The part where the "Technologists" (or whatever...been a while) talked about trying to keep the AI alive after civilization collapsed was really good.  I had to put the book down and think about that one.


What kills me is how dated some aspects of the story are, while others were on point. Then the movie gets like the first 45 minutes dead-on accurate to the book, then suddenly veers waaaay the hell off course into Costnerland with no hope of recovery. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed both stories, but as much as I love the extended version of "Dances With Wolves", "The Postman" needed a solid 60 - 90 minutes trimmed off. I have no doubt in my mind that *I* could re-edit that movie and make it totally watchable and do just that. The temptation to waste a weekend doing that very thing for fun a lá Topher Grace sits long with me.

Really, that story deserves a remake.
 
2017-10-12 09:44:02 AM  
Waiting for the Google Street Maps car to show up...
 
2017-10-12 09:45:01 AM  
How many of those were mortgage statements?
 
2017-10-12 09:48:39 AM  
Unless he was just driving around to see which house along his router were still standing this is completely moranic, delivering mail to destroyed homes.  Better to simply leave a note at each destroyed home saying that their mail is being held at the local post office.
 
2017-10-12 09:50:28 AM  

Guairdean: A forgettable movie, but a brilliant book.


I loved the book, but for some reason when I saw it was being made into a movie I was completely indifferent, so much so that to this day I have still not yet seen the movie.
 
2017-10-12 09:53:41 AM  

Mock26: Unless he was just driving around to see which house along his router were still standing this is completely moranic, delivering mail to destroyed homes.  Better to simply leave a note at each destroyed home saying that their mail is being held at the local post office.


Why? I would rather pick up my mail from the mail box in front of my burned out house than stand in line for 30 minutes at the post office.
 
2017-10-12 09:54:37 AM  
"It was a trippy thing - he was actually delivering the mail," Thron told the paper. "I was shocked to see him because most of the roads were blocked off, but he obviously had access."

Most people don't know that the U.S. Mail has 100% right of way in most cases. Even in extreme emergencies or a state of Marshall Law the law states that a postman can make blockades move. There are some rule however. The first being that the postman must be in/on a U.S. postal vehicle. In other words you can't have these rural postman who use their own vehicles to deliver mail trying to move a police blockade. Secondly the postman has to be delivering post at the time. Thirdly the postman must be in uniform.
 
2017-10-12 09:57:42 AM  

Guairdean: A forgettable movie, but a brilliant book.


I would say just the opposite.

"I know you. You're... famous."
"I was once... sorta."

No idea if this exchange is in the book. And God how I will miss Tom Petty.
 
2017-10-12 10:12:44 AM  
Those people with the untouched houses right across the street from this charred wasteland probably shouldn't bother buying any lottery tickets. I'm pretty sure they used up all their luck.
 
2017-10-12 10:18:00 AM  
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2017-10-12 10:18:31 AM  

Oreminer: How many of those were mortgage statements foreclosure notices?

 
2017-10-12 10:21:47 AM  
In a sane world, they would be notices from the USPS on where to pick up your mail. I'll keep holding out for that.
 
2017-10-12 10:27:04 AM  

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You must read this.


More of a burnt out apocalypse of the soul...but, yes.
 
2017-10-12 10:28:09 AM  
So that's why mailboxes usually have stuff in them in Fallout.
 
2017-10-12 10:29:42 AM  

Joe USer: In a sane world, they would be notices from the USPS on where to pick up your mail. I'll keep holding out for that.


You can pick up your mail from your mail box.
 
2017-10-12 10:32:06 AM  
The fire authorities have been pretty resolute about telling everyone to keep their drones on the ground because it will impact their ability to fight the fires, even in areas where there isn't an active fire.

/but her emails his YouTube fame
 
2017-10-12 10:35:50 AM  
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protip: If you want your video to go viral, you gotta be careful about the music you use.  Classical music quite often gets a false positive even if there is no copyright.
 
2017-10-12 10:54:14 AM  

Oreminer: How many of those were mortgage statements?


My thought exactly.
 
2017-10-12 10:55:23 AM  
Just spoke with my regular Postal Delivery Person about this.
He says they HAVE to do their route UNLESS it puts them in danger.

So DURING the fire, he would not have been able to do the route.  But once things are "safe", he has to get in his truck and attempt to do the route.  If there is a Post Box that is accessible he HAS to deliver the mail. If not, it gets marked as "Undeliverable" and goes back to the Post Office.
 
2017-10-12 10:56:27 AM  
Was there a climactic slow-motion seen of the drone stretching down from his horse to grab a letter to grandma, and then made a statue of the historically climactic event?

/worst scene evar in the worst movie evar
 
2017-10-12 11:07:22 AM  
And probably left a "I wont deliver your mail" note to people whose mail boxes were gone.

csb
I used to leave my mail person a little gift around Christmas. Usually like a $20 starbucks card or something like that and he would leave me a thank you note a week or so later.

On time overnight, my mailbox got mostly obliterated my a snow plow. I had to work so I couldn't fix it that morning so I just plopped it on top of the snow pile at the curb. Got home from work and found card in there from the post office showing mailbox requirements. Height, distance from the curb etc. and it said my mail wouldn't be delivered until those conditions were met.

It was the one time - ONE - in like 5+ years that there was a problem with my mailbox. I fixed it and he hasn't gotten a gift from me since. Fark that guy.

/csb
 
2017-10-12 11:11:55 AM  

abhorrent1: And probably left a "I wont deliver your mail" note to people whose mail boxes were gone.

csb
I used to leave my mail person a little gift around Christmas. Usually like a $20 starbucks card or something like that and he would leave me a thank you note a week or so later.

On time overnight, my mailbox got mostly obliterated my a snow plow. I had to work so I couldn't fix it that morning so I just plopped it on top of the snow pile at the curb. Got home from work and found card in there from the post office showing mailbox requirements. Height, distance from the curb etc. and it said my mail wouldn't be delivered until those conditions were met.

It was the one time - ONE - in like 5+ years that there was a problem with my mailbox. I fixed it and he hasn't gotten a gift from me since. Fark that guy.

/csb


So you're mad at him for doing his job?
 
2017-10-12 11:21:08 AM  

max_pooper: So you're mad at him for doing his job?


If the mailbox was destroyed did he really need to leave a note detailing the required specifications? Yeah I kind of realize my mailbox is gone without your sarcastic note telling me.
 
2017-10-12 11:23:52 AM  

abhorrent1: On time overnight, my mailbox got mostly obliterated my a snow plow. I had to work so I couldn't fix it that morning so I just plopped it on top of the snow pile at the curb. Got home from work and found card in there from the post office showing mailbox requirements. Height, distance from the curb etc. and it said my mail wouldn't be delivered until those conditions were met.


I have a feeling that he was making a joke.
 
2017-10-12 11:27:09 AM  

max_pooper: So you're mad at him for doing his job?



No, I'm mad at him for being a dick.

The box was there the day before, he knew that since he delivered my mail every day. It's not like it was some huge issue for him. He didn't even need to get out of his truck. just lean over a little more. There wasn't even a door on it any longer.

I live on a very busy street so they plow the hell out of it every time it shows. And every time that happens you can drive down the street and see dozens of mail boxes knocked over, broken, whatever. It's something they know, he knows, happens a lot.

Like I said, it happened over night, on a weekday and there was two feet of snow on the ground.
Is it too much to ask to give me a day to get it fixed before threatening to stop delivering my mail?
 
2017-10-12 11:30:51 AM  

Oreminer: abhorrent1: On time overnight, my mailbox got mostly obliterated my a snow plow. I had to work so I couldn't fix it that morning so I just plopped it on top of the snow pile at the curb. Got home from work and found card in there from the post office showing mailbox requirements. Height, distance from the curb etc. and it said my mail wouldn't be delivered until those conditions were met.

I have a feeling that he was making a joke.


No. It wasn't a hand written note or anything like that. Looked official. It was a printed glossy card with USPS letterhead.
 
2017-10-12 11:37:09 AM  

abhorrent1: No. It wasn't a hand written note or anything like that. Looked official. It was a printed glossy card with USPS letterhead.


That is what I figured.  I get the impression that he drove up to your mailbox, saw that it was obviously destroyed, grabbed one of the pre-made cards that they carry around, and left it in there as a joke since a snow pile obviously won't meet mailbox standards.

It could have also been a replacement mailman that day (instead of your regular) who was a jerk.
 
2017-10-12 11:48:39 AM  

abhorrent1: max_pooper: So you're mad at him for doing his job?


No, I'm mad at him for being a dick.

The box was there the day before, he knew that since he delivered my mail every day. It's not like it was some huge issue for him. He didn't even need to get out of his truck. just lean over a little more. There wasn't even a door on it any longer.

I live on a very busy street so they plow the hell out of it every time it shows. And every time that happens you can drive down the street and see dozens of mail boxes knocked over, broken, whatever. It's something they know, he knows, happens a lot.

Like I said, it happened over night, on a weekday and there was two feet of snow on the ground.
Is it too much to ask to give me a day to get it fixed before threatening to stop delivering my mail?


He wasn't being a dick, he was doing his job. You may think the requirement is dumb but that's not the letter carrier's fault.
 
2017-10-12 12:00:10 PM  
No, it was a David Brin novel, I don't know anything about that film you mention.
 
2017-10-12 12:06:06 PM  

max_pooper: He wasn't being a dick, he was doing his job. You may think the requirement is dumb but that's not the letter carrier's fault.


I don't think the requirement is dumb, I get it. It's called discretion an compassion.
Give everyone that had their mailbox wiped out at 2am on a Wednesday a break that morning. He comes early, like 7-8am. Some people may not have even been up yet to realize their mailbox was gone.

If it's still like that the next day, then fine, leave the note. Going right to the Nuclear option is just a dick move.
 
2017-10-12 12:10:55 PM  

philodough: Neither rain, nor sleet, nor raging inferno, nor gloom in plenty stays these couriers..

Or something like that.


And don't ask about Mrs. Cake!
 
2017-10-12 12:21:35 PM  

deadsanta: No, it was a David Brin novel, I don't know anything about that film you mention.


That's too bad. The movie is light years better than the book.
 
2017-10-12 12:47:15 PM  
OMG there is no house bu the USPS is delivering!!!11!!!!!1

i'm sure the houses on the route that aren't wasted would like their GEICO and Captial One offers.
 
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