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Re: [Re: KillieTalk Digest V2 #1132]
At 11:46 AM 10/18/99 MDT, you wrote:
>Barry Cooper wrote:
>The mail seems particularly unpredictable this month. I got my BNL in
>Oregon on Thursday, which led me to assume, apparently incorrectly, that
>most people would have it.
>It seems very predictable. Some people always seem to get their BNL
>sooner than the rest of us. I gave up years ago trying to get anything
>from the 'new and rare' list because the day I got my BNL and called
>the item I was trying to get was long gone.
These are my understanding of the issues. Dick Martino will, I hope, add
>Several questions come to mind.
>Is there an 'A' list of members who get their BNL's sent earlier?
Definitely, definitely not. The implication is that I would be one of those
Class A people. Would I then go online to tell you that I had received my
BNL, knowing that other shaven't? There is no conspiracy to provide the BNL
early for any particular group.
>Do the BNL's all get mailed the same day or are they staggered?
My understanding is that they are mailed in a batch, presorted into groups
according to post office requirements, and mailed First Class Bulk Mail.
>Does the Post Office process them all at the same time?
Depends what you mean by that. I gather they take them from Dick at one
time, but obviously things happen as they get shunted along the delivery
>How can some make it to the west coast 3 - 4 days sooner than they
>arrive in the midwest?
Probably just happening to catch the right flights and so on. On the other
hand, I know people on the west coast who haven't received the BNL yet either.
>Before answering 'no' too quickly, do some checking first. It's very
>strange that it takes 2 days to send a letter anywhere in the country,
>but it takes 7 - 15 days for the BNL to arrive. Sending BNL's bulk
>rate is not a good enough answer.
I wonder about your statement of it taking only 2 days for a letter to
arrive anywhere in the country. I'll bet it often takes longer than that.
Nevertheless, there IS a difference in delivery time between simple first
class and first class bulk rate. Dick knows the details of that better than
I do, and probably better than anyone else in the AKA. The BOT has
discussed the problem of inequities in delivery of the BNL but we haven't
been able to find a solution.
>By the way, my BNL arrived in St. Louis on Saturday.
Barry J. Cooper Currently in Oregon:
Prof., Dept. Biomedical Sciences 27505 Riggs Hill Rd.
Cornell University Sweet Home, OR 97386
bjc3 at cornell_edu bjc3 at cornell_edu