It ranges from the completely weird ...
(see: "I need to order frozen mice soon and would like to split the order, to save on shipping. Any hungry mouths out there? Please reply off list. Ron")
... to the not infrequent "OMG I saw a black person walking in our neighborhood" variety of postings. They are usually couched as something along the lines of "suspicious person seen riding bicycle. didn't seem to be riding very expertly. and they were black. so they must have stolen it. go look to see if your bike is still on your shed, and if not, we'll organise a lynch mob." ( kid you not)
The sort that I'm copying below crack me up the most. Completely ostensibly innocuous, but highly symbolic of why I don't quite feel like I'll ever fit in here. I've deleted all the names in case there's some kind of an issue with privacy infringement... (read from the bottom up).
WHHNA - LIST: Package found!!
Let me second ......'s appreciation of Scotty. Scotty was once delivering something to our office (in the 'hood), and when no one answered, he made a home delivery (also in the 'hood). We aren't even usual customers, since FedEx drivers, etc. aren't unionized and so we typically use UPS; so this was way above and beyond the call of duty.) ...And such a warm person Scotty is to top it all off.
Glad for your happy ending, ...!
>Subject: Re: [whhna-list] Package found!
>It may have been Scotty, who is an incredibly wonderful fed-ex
>delivery person. He goes way out of his way to be helpful.
>On Jun 9, 2010, at 1:54 PM, Meg Gray wrote:
>> I am embarrassed, but also relieved to report that one more walk
>> around my house was all it took to find the package. The Fedex
>> delivery person very kindly (and cleverly) put the box under our
>> grill cover- and as it turns out, the box was black just as the
>> cover, so it was completely camouflaged. I wondered why it
>> appeared our grill had doubled in size! So, the good news is
>> twofold- no stolen package and we have a delivery person willing to
>> put the extra effort in to ensuring packages do not get damaged by
>> --- On Wed, 6/9/10, .... wrote:
>> From: ....
>> Subject: [whhna-list] Package taken from front porch
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 1:42 PM
>> I had a package delivered this morning by Fedex at approximately
>> 10:30. When I arrived home around 1:30 to pick it up (I was
>> worried about the rain) it was missing- not on my front or back
>> porch. I am hoping a very kind neighbor took it inside for me, but
>> if that is not the case, I am afraid it was stolen. So, please be
>> careful with your own deliveries.
>> ..... Englewood Avenue