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Mail call

There was a misdelivered envelope in my mailbox at home Friday.

Addressed to a woman at the house next door.

No big deal. That happens.

But here's the thing. The addressee hasn't lived in that house since the late 20th century. She and her husband moved to Honduras or Guatemala or some place like that. I think they relocated in 1999.

The envelope was sent by ASURIS Northwest Health and had a Seattle return address.

My initial assumption was that it couldn't be all that important. But you never know.

So I was trying to think of what to write on the envelope before putting it in a mailbox.

“NO LONGER AT THIS ADDRESS”?

“PLEASE FORWARD TO GENERAL DELIVERY/TEGUCIGALPA”?

Then I saw it.

There in the lower left corner of the front of the envelope was a four-word message.

“This is an advertisement.”

That simplified the matter considerably.

When misdelivered mail is no big deal

My wife and I have had a P.O. box downtown for about 15 years.

It was our answer to a war of nerves with a mail carrier who didn't seem especially interested in delivering the mail. Ancient history.

Anyway, today I was coming back into the office after my annual summertime lunch with a friend who moved to Minnesota about three years ago but still has a place here.

Newsroom administrator Mary Beth Donelan held up an envelope that had been delivered to the SR's P.O. box. She wondered if it might actually be intended for my wife, who does not work for the newspaper.

As usual, MB was right.

Correctly addressed to my wife at our personal P.O. box number, it was a check from a guy in Chicago for whom she had done some work. Perhaps because the sender included “Editorial services” in the address, the good folks across the street assumed it was mail for the newspaper.

Nope. But all's well that ends well. 

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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