In the past couple of years that I'd spent on my international shipping business, this was never an issue for me. I always checked the rates on USPS.com -- your best bet for cheap shipping is First Class. There is a tiny bit of paperwork involved, but not much. For Finland, you'll just need to fill out a tiny green Customs Declaration CN 22 slip, which asks for some extra-detailed information about what you're shipping, such as what it is, its weight, its quantity, its value, and an HS Tariff # if needed (just ask your local post office about that, as well as whether you need to check whichever exemptions that may apply). I hope this helps!
The best explanation that I can come up with, is that Mutagene lives in the boonies, deep within the woods, which while within a town, could be quite distant from the nearest post office -- and therefore does not necessarily mean that his town does not have a post office, but that there is one that is unreasonably distant for him personally, and his father as well, by the sounds of it. This guess matches with my recollection of the area as was mentioned in one of his posts in the "Random thought(s) of the moment" thread.
I'm not going to check the accuracy of my recollection, but Mutagene may step in and confirm at his discretion.
Now see, I've done that whole living in the boonies bit, on some farm where the nearest place was a 30 minute drive and all that was was a gas station and service garage. You had to drive about an hour and a half to get to a town.
Ultimately, as long as you live somewhere that gets mail (Either P.O. Box or otherwise), you can use USPS. They even have a service that has them simply pick up the package you need delivered from your own mailbox, postage paid and all. There is little to no reason to use UPS or FedEx in the United States unless you want in-depth tracking and/or have a contract deal with them which makes their rates more reasonable. (I used to use FedEx for shipping off computers I built and it'd only cost me around $50 to ship a fully ensured tower/monitor/accessories).
And yes, you can even have USPS pick up a package intended for international shipping, just check their website.
And I didn't know it was considered feisty, I just have a tongue that is too well seasoned for most palettes it seems.
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"And indeed, this is proof-- Proof that it was as companions we travelled." -Alwen
No worries, and yep! I actually forgot about that -- it does make things a lot easier. You can even schedule a time for them to pick up said package(s) on their website, which also simplifies things.
In my opinion, I wouldn't say feisty, it's more like you have a sharp wit and a sharp tongue. You're not a hot-head as far as I can tell, but you are outspoken, blunt, direct, and concise. Instead of filtering your speech out of sympathy, empathy, or any emotional regard, you tell it like it is. You don't beat around the bush. Although there aren't many people like that, there's nothing wrong with it. People may speak out about it, but pay them no mind; it's not their place to tell you differently. You are a complex person with a steep learning curve. That is my hypothesis.
// Raison, that was great.
// Also, I cannot say how accurate my hypothesis is, as I feel that there is yet much to learn about you.
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Post by Raison D'etritus on Feb 23, 2012 16:03:41 GMT -5
Were I single, I probably would've intentionally done more to attract your interest.
I'm too short, remember.
But thanks, love. You just boosted me back onto my pedestal by reminding me how people are supposed to react to me. (and by contrasting sheer arrogance, you've taken third with enough force to knock the former occupant back quite a few pegs!)
He who gets screwed by tentacle monsters should see to it he does not become one.