Or a few dozen boxes of them!
So, I like to help people. Who doesn't?
So, when my neighbour asked me to help fill in the address labels on some boxes of apples she was sending I said sure.
(Actually I said- are you sure?? In a neighbourhood of Japanese people you want me to write all that kanji for you?)
Then I said sure.
Then I wrote out 42 address labels in kanji.
Really complicated kanji and for about 10 of the addresses I was working from a handwritten list. this is kind of like being asked to rewrite doctor scrawl. How can you know what to write when you don't know what to copy??
Anyway, I got it done.
I delivered the address labels.
Then after she packed all the apple boxes K and I took them all down to the apples-to-be-posted-collection-area.
Our k-truck has a maximum tare of 300 kilos.
The usual apples-to-be-sent box weighs 10 kilos.
I'm not super good at maths but, even with some 5 kilo boxes thrown in the mix I'm pretty sure that 42 boxes of apples is over the tare limit.
I was the only person who was worried that this was illegal and quite possibly unsafe as well.... And sliding boards down the side of the tray and roping everything in doesn't change that fact.
The apples-to-be-posted-collection-area is a really cool place.
It's in one of the (several) warehouses at the local petrol station.
Which also doubles as the local rice dehusker/ polisher and kero delivery business.
Anyway, K and I drove right into the warehouse and lo and behold there's a little table there with two guys in Japan Post uniforms (on a Sunday??) and about six guys in workwear absolutely killing it. Seriously, the productivity level here was amazing.
We were unloaded, boxes reloaded into trollies based on destination and box weight, customer copies of all the address labels removed, counted, collated, totalled and signed off on in under 5 minutes.
Which is just as well, as, after we were finished being gobsmacked by the amazingness of the process, after we got back in the car and drove through to the other side of the warehouse (of course it was drive through) we realised we had gone in the out and were now driving past a nice neat line of trucks and vans waiting patiently for their turn.
Blurry picture of the super cool apples-to-be-posted-collection-centre:
It's just unfortunate that now we mucked that up so badly we may never be able to go back...