We ship with all carriers so you have choices. Since we’re not owned by any of the carriers, we can ensure your packages is sent with the best one for your needs. Just stop in and see us at Pak Mail Anderson Mill!
An interesting column from the New York Times:
I Love the Post Office by Ethan Hauser, NY Times Sunday Review, May 17, 2015
NOT because it still delivers letters — the Alamo of warm and fuzzy Luddites like my mother and multinational credit card corporations.
And not because of stamps. Collectors, may you never give up on the dream of finding that inverted Jenny-plane 24-center at a flea market in Ohio.
And not because it is celebrating National Dog Bite Prevention Week by ranking cities by the number of attacks on postal employees in 2014 (No. 1: Los Angeles, with 74).
Nor is it the workaday architecture of post offices themselves, whether Brutalist concrete or prefab ranch style.
Nor even the small-town half post office, half general stores, with idiosyncratic hours, and bricks of hunter’s Cheddar.
No, this is a paean to the big-city post office, those grimy, chaotic, good-will-draining temples of American bureaucratic dysfunction, where hopes and packages are mangled, and lunch hours are not to be trifled with, and where you can still experience a city in all its magnificent, unfriendly, unruly mess.
Like the D.M.V. and jury duty, the post office is one of the last great equalizing institutions. There are no V.I.P. windows, no first-class lounges, no velvet ropes — save for the vinyl Tensabarrier aides that children claim as dance partners. All of us — including the actress from “Girls” I spotted one Christmastime, her boulder-scale Chanel shopping bag swinging close to the eye of a toddler — have to face the same beleaguered civil servants, who recite the same scripts about liquids and perishables. It doesn’t matter if you star in a hit television show about Brooklyn — you are still not entitled to mail a lithium battery or genetically modified crops.
As with many of our objects of affection, the post office has shifting moods. Stress and crowds spike around what are thought to be the most anxiety-inducing parts of life: changes of address (moving), tax day (finances), Christmas (major holidays) and Mother’s Day (mothers).
Quieter stretches valley the peaks, but you are always just a passport-renewal seeker or a clerk’s coffee break away from the line threatening to move so slowly that it is actually inching backward. Then one fellow patron might roll his eyes, another might huff, still another might appeal to Jesus. Here, beneath the fluorescent bulbs speckled with what may or may not have once been tiny, vaguely prehistoric winged creatures, our differences dissolve.
Yet there are pleasures to be had, beyond the masochistic ones. At the same Brooklyn post office where I saw the boy nearly blinded by the bag, there is, amid the self-inking stamps used to label mail, one that reads “PRETENTIOUSLY HAZARDOUS.” So flawless was this, so in perfect pitch with the light-speed-changing neighborhood in which it sits, that I thought maybe I had dreamed it up. So I returned and there it was again, the accidental poetry of an author within the United States Postal Service, some 625,000 men and women strong and $5 billion on the bleeding side of its yearly operating budget.
No one can sanely argue that this is money well spent. It could probably buy everyone on earth a candy bar. But maybe that is not the point. Maybe the point is to pick up some stamps today, or send back the empty toner cartridge from your printer — because you’re a good person and you want to save the planet — and lucky you, you are about to see the stubborn, glorious disarray that still tatters our gleaming cities.
Provide a lifeline to America’s bravest in honor of National Military Appreciation Month! Donate a gently-used cell phone to Cell Phones For Soldiers at Pak Mail Anderson Mill, 13359 N Highway 183, Suite 406, Austin, TX 78750.
The proceeds from reycling those phones go toward prepaid phone cards and services for our deployed service members.
Here are some interesting facts about this great organization:
Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldier:
– Provided more than 213 million minutes of free talk time
– Provided more than 3 million calling cards
– Mails approximately 3,000 calling cards a week
– Prevented more than 11.6 million phones from ending up in landfills
– Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 2,700 veterans with emergency funds
Be sure to support this worthy organization! #NMAM
This Saturday, May 16th is Armed Forces Day – a day in which we honor those who are willing to serve to protect us. Then, on Monday, May 25th we’ll celebrate Memorial Day – where we honor those who have sacrificed all for our way of life.
All together, May is designated a Military Appreciation Month and we at Pak Mail Anderson Mill want to show our appreciation. Any active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces who comes in on Saturday, May 16 will have their shipping needs met by us for absolutely no charge. Free! That’s how we’ll show our appreciation. (We will have a $100 limit, sorry about that). Just show your military ID and your shipping charges, up to $100, is completely FREE!
We’d also like to call your attention to this special story of a family of true patriots. Please watch this and share it widely: https://www.youtube.com/embed/7tyT4glkvBs. We are incredibly fortunate to have people like this in our country.
Wherever you are or whatever you’re doing this weekend try to find a way to seek out a veteran or an active duty service member and tell them, “Thank You!” They’ll really appreciate it.