postal delivery efforts

From: William J Poser (
Date: Thu Oct 12 2006 - 16:19:37 CST

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    Guy Steele's story about the delivery to mad magazine reminds me
    of an experience I had in China twenty years ago. The postal delivery
    people at the university could not read foreign languages or even
    roman letters, so whenever they got a letter addressed in something
    other than Chinese, they would just bring it to the foreigners' dormitory.
    This was not effective since some of the foreigners to whom the mail
    was addressed lived elsewhere. Not long after I arrived for a two
    week stay, the concierge, who could not read roman letters and spoke no
    foreign languages, approached me with a stack of mail and asked me if I
    knew where it should go.

    Bill Poser

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