From here to there
We are no longer building saddle trees. We have two saddle fit videos available on our westernsaddlefit.com website. Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, aimed at riders, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo while the six hour series Well Beyond the Basics, aimed more for professionals but understandable by anyone, is available by streaming on Vimeo. (We left this website up because we have had many requests to keep the information available.)
We are enjoying our time at the Artisan's show at the Heritage Ranch Rodeo in Edmonton. The finals are tonight, so if any one is in the area, come on down!! I won't have time to do any long blog posts this week, so I was really glad when we recieved this picture this morning. It gives me something quick to write about, and answers a question we get from our customers every now and then.
Gary Winckler from WS Saddles sent a short e-mail - "Who gets to lick all these stamps?" The answer is - the workers at our local post office. Of course most are self sticking now, but it still would take a LOOOOOONG time to put all these stamps on the boxes.
So why do they do it? Apparently, Canada Post sends out X number of a variety of stamps to local post offices, and they have to sell or use them. They aren't allowed to send them back. So when I come in with a box to ship, they have the option of doing things the easy way - print off a label - or getting rid of a bunch of stamps. If they have the time, they usually go for the "getting rid of stamps" route.
On Friday, I shipped a double sized box (holds two trees) to Germany. The cost of shipping was over $300. She looked at the box and I could see the wheels turning. Then she said "They probably wouldn't all fit anyway" and printed off a label. I really wonder what that box would have looked like with $300+ dollars worth of stamps on it...
The funny thing is that at one point we received a package from a rural post office in the US - and it was covered in stamps too. I guess it isn't just Canada Post that ensures its stamps get used up by hook or by crook!