HOMEBREW Digest #6018 Tue 21 May 2013

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  Fwd: Mail for Home Brew Digest, 501(c)3 status (Patrick Babcock)
  Fwd: Another bout with the PO (Patrick Babcock)
  Aside from that PO Box issue... (Patrick Babcock)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 14 May 2013 11:47:38 -0400 From: Patrick Babcock <patrick.babcock at gmail.com> Subject: Fwd: Mail for Home Brew Digest, 501(c)3 status Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager... Well, I'm still receiving reports that HBD mail is being rejected at our new PO box. I've submitted the *fourth* change of address form, but if you received a bounce from the PO box, please contact me via email so we can make other arrangements for delivery. Per 501(c)3 status: The IRS has made no contact regarding our application. Unfortunately, though, that contact would likely be made through mail to the PO Box, so I cannot at this time be definitive. Maybe not, though: they are still just assigning applications received in March or 2012. Cheers! Pat Babcock President, HBD, Inc. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 21:53:15 -0400 From: Patrick Babcock <patrick.babcock at gmail.com> Subject: Fwd: Another bout with the PO Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager.... I submitted an online change of address form to fix the HBD snail mail debacle, then stopped into the post office Sunday only to find that they had blocked the box! My key no longer worked! I called today to get a "friendly" clerk whose immediate response was "Did you pay your bill?" Come on. After this, she was in no mood to continue the conversation. That, my friends, is the Post Office version of customer service. In any case, I was forced to stop in today to see what could be done. Long tale of woe: The Post Office is encouraging senior employees to retire. The PO Box clerk at the Canton office was one of those. The replacement went on medical at the time I renewed/changed our box, then returned only to go on vacation....long story short: no-one was at the helm, and no-one knows how to get the job done. The clerk I spoke with re-opened the box, and put a tag on it to get them to stop rejecting HBD mail, but I'm left with absolutely no doubt in my mind as to why the USPS is in the condition it is in. At next year's renewal, I'm going to either the UPS Store or Mailboxes Etc. On our shoestring budget, we cannot afford their ineptitude... Cheers! - - -- Pat Babcock HBD, Inc. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 12:05:41 -0400 From: Patrick Babcock <patrick.babcock at gmail.com> Subject: Aside from that PO Box issue... Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager... Crimony! I just discovered that the Digest has been acting like the Post Office for over a month! My apologies to any who attempted to post in recent times. A coding error was causing the HBD server to simply "die" on any mail coming in. In mulling over the lack of activity on the 'Gest, I have discovered the issue and fixed it, so please do not assume we're dead and gone. And, in the future, if you post and don't hear back from the server regarding your mail, do pop me a note and alert me. I've set up the "governor" to generate a Digest pretty much if there's *anything* in it. If you post and don't see either a response in short order or your post in the next digest, please pop me a note. (I guess this is poetic justice for pointing out the Poost Office's ineptitude...) Cheers! - - -- Pat Babcock HBD, Inc. Return to table of contents
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