I stayed home today to wait for my E61 to arrive from Amazon. I figured it was a short wait. When I got up this morning I was greeted with this latest line on the tracking page:
Jul 21, 2006 07:51:00 AM MENLO PARK CA US Out for delivery
Some time around 9am I got a call from an automated system saying that a package was on the way and someone had to be there to sign for it. “Should be here in no time!” I thought to myself.
Fast forward 12 hours, 7:30pm, the package arrives at my doorstep. 12 hours on a truck wandering around between Menlo Park and Palo Alto? Even stopping frequently, I would be hard pressed to drive around in Palo Alto and Menlo Park for 12 hours without having to drive the same roads over and over. In general UPS does a great job with tracking packages these days, but there is a bit of a last mile issue in there still.