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Initial post: Feb 20, 2013 12:09:46 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Hello, everyone. I hope everyone's day is bright and sunny, even if just in your heart, like here where the weather is cold. You've come to a wonderful place to kick back and relax. Come on in and share a story, a book or two, or comment on something someone else has shared.

Since I'm rural and it's usually cheaper and easier to have things delivered than going after them, I was thinking. Who thought up the idea of a nationwide delivery service outside the Postal Service. Well, I found the answer.

Once upon a time in 1907 two young men, Jim Casey, 19, and Claude Ryan, 18, borrowed $100, got their bicycle and started delivering messages. They found some teenagers to help out and started delivering telegrams, messages, packages, and lunch trays. With the phone becoming more popular they expanded to just packages. The company did well despite stiff competition, largely because of Jim Casey´s strict policies of customer courtesy, reliability, round-the-clock service, and low rates. These principles, which guide UPS even today, are summarized by Jim´s slogan: best service and lowest rates.

For about two years, the company´s largest client was the United States Post Office, for which they delivered all special delivery mail entering Seattle. During this period, the company began using consolidated delivery, that is combining packages addressed to a certain neighborhood onto one delivery vehicle.

The company acquired its first delivery car, a Model T Ford, and on its side was inscribed a new name: Merchants Parcel Delivery. They painted it Pullman Brown, because it was dignified. By 1918 three of Seattle´s largest department stores had become regular customers, disposing of their own delivery cars (which Jim and his associates often purchased) and turning business over to Merchants Parcel Delivery.

In 1919 the company made its first expansion beyond Seattle to Oakland, California, and adopted its present name, United Parcel Service. The word "United" served as a reminder that the company´s operations in each city were part of the same organization, "Parcel" identified the nature of the business, and "Service" indicated what was offered.

In 1922 UPS acquired a company in Los Angeles with an innovative practice known as "common carrier" service. Common carrier service incorporated many of the features and operating principles of the retail store delivery service with features not then offered by many other private carriers, or even the parcel post.

The differentiating features of common carrier service included automatic daily pickup calls, acceptance of checks made out to the shipper in payment of C.O.D.s, additional delivery attempts, automatic return of undeliverables, and streamlined documentation with weekly billing. Perhaps the most key feature was that UPS was able to provide its extensive service at rates comparable to those of parcel post.

In 1924 UPS debuted another of the technological innovations that would shape its future: the first conveyor belt system for handling packages. While the common carrier service was at first limited to a small area around Los Angeles, by 1927 it had been expanded to include an area extending up to 125 miles from the city´s center. At the same time, the retail delivery services of UPS had also expanded to include all the major cities on the U.S. Pacific Coast.

Today UPS delivers more than 15 million packages a day to 6.1 million customers in more than 220 countries and territories around the world.

I know I love seeing that brown truck stop at the end of the driveway and blow the horn.

(Want the full, official history? Go here

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Posted on Feb 20, 2013 12:11:43 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Thought for the day:

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 12:19:00 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
@Dogs and Turtle,
When you come along would you please check your email. Last week I sent you 2 books and only one was picked up. If you didn't receive the second email I'll resend it. I thought maybe you missed it. See you soon. Zoo

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 12:27:22 AM PST
Good morning Zoo... or should I say good night? LOL
Great start and interesting info about UPS. I would stay up and chat a while, but my eyes are so blurry I can barely see and DH just got home from work, so it is time to catch up with him and his day and then pack it in to get ready for another day.

See ya later in the AM... well probably your PM. :)


Posted on Feb 20, 2013 12:28:03 AM PST
Hi zoo! Great opening very informative . Love my brown truck :@)

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 12:31:22 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
From yesterday:
@Grammiam My new appliances are working nicely. In Jan we had to replace our coffee maker, so still getting used to that. The microwave was immediately pressed into use Sunday and I used the new crockpot today. Now just waiting for the dishwasher to come in. Hubby insisted I get new dinnerware, too. I have stone ware, they are heavy and in the last 3 mons I've broken 1 bowl and 2 saucers washing them. So, I'm waiting for Amazon to deliver my new Corelle Ware, lightweight and almost impossible to break.

@4Nbahu When Dad was sick Mom would do the same as your Mom. Sis, aunt, uncle, friend, me all heard different things and had to piece together what was going on. I started going with them to the doc. When they had tested after 6 mons of chemo for leukemia cells, the doc said, "There are no cells showing in the blood." (they had told us this type of leukemia was treatable, not curable.) It meant the chemo was controlling it. Mom told everyone "remission" and nothing could change her mind. (When Dad refused more chemo the cells returned in 2 weeks.) Very selective hearing.

I know I missed someone/something, but at least I'm recovering some strength.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 12:31:59 AM PST
Good Morning All!!!!!!
From my wishlist...
Death By Sarcasm (The First Mary Cooper Mystery)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 12:32:37 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
I love our UPS guy so much Hubby sometimes thinks I'd pick delivery guy over him. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 12:36:44 AM PST
Play dress up? Lol

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 12:41:35 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Hubby probably wouldn't cooperate. LOL Although he has asked if I've seen my boyfriend today, when he knows I'm expecting something.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 12:46:46 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Since it's going on 4AM here, I think I'll try to get a couple of hours sleep before Son is up and ready to talk to me. See you guys in a few.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 1:22:06 AM PST
Morning, all - I have just been going through old threads collecting 4nbahu's recipes, can I just say wow what an effort? We are planning an Indian meal here at work next month and I got so many good ideas:) Thank you, ma'am!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 1:38:17 AM PST
Good morning everyone! Zoo, thank you for an informative and interesting start start today.

A Freebie to start the day...

A Little Ray Of Sunshine by Rani Diane Rich - Contemporary Fiction

"There are worse things than going home again.

None come to mind at the moment."

Emmy James is not the kind of girl who believes in angels, or fate. So when a lost soul named Jess gets stranded at the convenience store where EJ works the night shift, and claims to be an angel delivered by Fate to fix EJ's life, EJ calls her a cab and sends her on her way.

Ah, if only it were that easy to shake an angel off your leg...

Jess's determination to fix EJ's life culminates in a kidnapping and a cross-country trek at the end of which lies Fletcher, Oregon, and the scorched earth of EJ's past. There's Lilly, her narcissistic child-star mother; Danny, the stand-in father who raised her when her mother couldn't; and Luke, the love of her life, the man who knew her best and loved her anyway. Now it's up to EJ to heal the damage she left in her wake when she disappeared out of their lives six years ago, and even with an angel on her shoulder, that's gonna be a tall order...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 2:33:59 AM PST
AnnieB says:
That was really interesting about UPS! Thanks for the info (and start). I am a bead/knitting/crafting junkie and there are so many things that can't be got here in Norway except via the internet and 'my' dear brown truck. My husband teases me about running off with the UPS man ^^

Here's a freebie:
Wyoming Weevil (The Englewood Series)
Pride and Prejudice (I know it's a freebie all the time, but it's one of my favourite books ever :)
Homesteading Self Sufficiency - An Interactive Games Quiz Book
Kites, Practical and Play
The power is in your passion
Telling Details, 2nd Edition
Christmas Ideas: Simplify your holiday season, create a stress free Christmas with simple Christmas planning tips and ideas (A Christmas Ideas Book)
Write Good or Die
Duct Tape Bags
Minecraft Xbox 360 : The Complete Tips and Cheat Guide

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 2:44:47 AM PST
AnnieB says:
Office Weapons
Pink Little Lady Amigurumi Crochet Pattern
Hack the System with Acts of Creative Rebellion
Home Business Ideas for Crafters and Artists: How to Make Money Doing the Things you Love
Ebook Publishing for Newbies: How to Publish and Sell your Books with Little or No Money
Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande Hand Dye Yarn Knitting Pattern F336 Openwork Textured Wrap (I Want To Knit)
Iron Man Costumes (Instructables Halloween)
How to Install a Pressed Cane Seat
Navy Ships: a photo collection of military boats
Flower Headband: Crochet Pattern

Best wishes to all going through health and/or family issues. You guys are a great collection of genuinely kind people... It makes my work day go by so much more pleasantly 'keeping you company' and reading what's going on while I'm waiting for various machines to finish cycling (I work in the biotech field)...

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 2:49:07 AM PST
Good morning everyone! Sorry it's been a while since I've posted, but I promise that I've been following the chat every day. Today's wish list provided the following:
Fated: Torn Apart by History, Bound for Eternity
Be well!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 4:50:43 AM PST
Bump - good morning

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 5:43:24 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Here's a link to one excited little squirrel.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 5:54:35 AM PST
4Nbahu says:
@ Northern Lights....if you have any questions please ask. Or if you need and extra dish of some type.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 5:56:31 AM PST
Thank you so much and thank you again for your recipes:) I will have a read through tonight. I have some recipe books at home but what I was mainly after was overall ideas about little touches to make it "right" :) Raita, chutneys and the starter salad now included in the list thanks to you.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 6:01:37 AM PST
4Nbahu says:
I just finished Bubba and the Dead Woman It is still is a nice cozy little mystery. It was fun and am going to enjoy another one. Now I am reading two series where the hero's name is Bubba, I think there is something wrong with me.

I was wondering they always give country/southerners stereotypical names.... I was wondering if anyone really new a Bubba, Joe Bob, Leroy, Daryl, Junior, etc.........?

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 6:09:10 AM PST
4Nbahu says:
I really wish Aunt Ammie wouldn't make gifts yellow banners....I was so excited that I thought I had Book 2 and then come to realize I had happily gifted it as Secret Santa. Oh well, for the enjoyment the first one gave me the author deserves his $1.83.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 6:17:46 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
I always wondered about the name Bubba. I went to school with several Daryl/Darrell's. My great uncle is Junior (of course, he's named for his dad) and he is (or in his younger days) a character that the name fit. lol

Some of my great aunt's kids went by nick names: Bud (named after his dad) Honey, Sis, PeeWee. I have a 2nd cousin Chester Ray. We have a huge family and I could probably come up with a lot more given some time.

You get the picture. I really believe it's a Southern/Appalachian thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 6:18:32 AM PST
I bought 5 books yesterday at 0.99 each and decided that was a thoroughly good price! Even with all the freebies I pick up, I couldn't leave the Sign of the Zodiak books behind...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 6:21:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2013 6:23:06 AM PST
Scarlett859 says:
4N - I used to work with a Bubba (nickname), old boss is a Joe Bob (real name Joseph Bob), and ex-bf grandfather is a Leroy. Gotta love the south! :)

Zoo - My best friend's husband is a PeeWee! I work in an oil refinery so I'm sure I could find a LOT of nicknames that y'all would laugh at.
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