Getting The Daily Mail = Getting A Daily Workout

Who’s idea was it for the mailman to not deliver door to door anymore? One of the first things I noticed about Seattle is that the house doesn’t have a mail slot. Instead, the mailbox is on the street with a bunch of other mailboxes. This saves the mailman time and I guess the post office money since their people don’t have to walk as much.

Normally, walking to the mailbox to pick up your mail isn’t a problem. However, the driveway in this house I’m staying at is a quarter mile long and getting the mail is like doing a morning workout. I guess I could drive but then I would feel silly telling people I have to drive my car just to get the mail. Maybe I can use the 1/4 mile driveway as justification for buying a Segway. Think the wife will go for it?

60 thoughts on “Getting The Daily Mail = Getting A Daily Workout”

  1. You are my hero if you can convince your wife that is why you need a Segway!

    1. How much is a Segway these days?

      1. John Chow says:

        They start at $5,000 for the base model.

        1. Hey John,

          I hope that you’ll be allowed to get the Segway. If not get a pair of roller skates and at least coming back home from the mail box will be fast.


          1. PPC Ian says:

            A Segway would be awesome! You should get one John, you deserve it!

          2. ibnujusup says:

            what is Segway dear friend?? first time heard it..

        2. d3so says:

          At ONLY $5000, it’s an impulse buy. Go for it!

          1. I do not think that you should go for it …

            Just walk and be healthy.

          2. Yeah John. Walking to get the mail would be better.

          3. Alex Dumitru says:

            That’s very good, if you’re not too lazy, like me 🙂

          4. I think that John can get it for fun and walk when he feels the need for exercise. They are fun to watch for sure. I haven’t had a chance to ride one yet.

        3. Rick Krenz says:

          You should buy a little ATV or golf cart… Could be a lot of fun in the winter… 10 million in West Van?!? I can see why you moved… I am going to guess (waterfront property in your neighborhood) that you paid around a $1000 per sq.ft.

          1. d3so says:

            Buy an ATV or a golf cart just to pick up the mail? lol. That’s a little overboard but fun nevertheless.

          2. Instead of that invite postmen for coffee in near restaurant and ask to deliver to you … lollzzz

        4. Alex Dumitru says:

          I was also thinking about a Segway, though I’d be afraid to drive it in the city.

    2. Haha, same here! Or maybe one of those scooters like the kids play with. could be fun!

      1. Yeah.. but going for scooter (as you mentioned) would be slow for uphill. I think you should get a mountain bike if you don’t prefer to walk john.

        1. Who need all these stuff … just use legs and be healthy as well.

  2. “No mail… Damn”

    I would start going to the mailbox once a week or something!

    1. When the weather is nice it may be a good exercise walking to the mail box.

      When it rains even the Segway won’t be that much fun.

      It would be a fun video though to watch John riding the Segway up and down.

    2. I check my mail once a week too.. Since the postman itself send it once a week.. Only express mail is send door to door..

      1. What about Adsense Cheque ?

  3. Michael Kwan says:

    They have those in certain parts of the Lower Mainland too. Several Richmond and Coquitlam neighborhoods are set up that way, if I recall correctly.

    1. I think that every new development now is being set up this way almost anywhere in Metro Vancouver.

      Not the best service. Snail mail should deliver right to the house. They are slowly dying anyway and not delivering to the door is going to speed up their demise.

      1. d3so says:

        New housing developments tend to setup mailboxes this way.
        I live in an area where houses have their own.

        1. Most of the city’s house have their own …

          Post should be deliver at the given address.

  4. PPC Ian says:

    This is awesome! When your mailbox is that far from your house, you know you have made it! 🙂
    All the best,

    1. d3so says:

      Not necessarily.
      When the mailman needs permission to deliver mail at your house, that’s when you know you’ve made it.

  5. PPC Ian says:

    I can’t believe Discount tire fixed your tire for free. That is one crazy business model! I guess they are trying to get you to come back when you need to buy new tires! Awesome video and absolutely love your neighborhood, a great selection on your new home!

    1. Many years ago a garage at Sell gas station fixed my tire for free too in Vancouver. It no longer happens here.

      1. May be they saw John Chow first time and wanted to keep them as repeated customer.

        I am sure John will figure it out soon.

  6. Wess Stewart says:

    I get the mail at work. That means walking a block or so to the post office, loading up 8 large mail boxes into a carrying tote (or on Mondays a large plastic storage container), lugging the overflowing monstrosity back to the office and then up to the third floor. We don’t have an elevator.

    I feel your pain :p

    1. d3so says:

      That sucks. How much do you get paid to do that?

  7. 1/4 of a mile is around 400m, correct? Even with the slight incline, you got far too fast out of breath, John! Forget about the Segway, you need the exercise to get fit again. Seems the sweet dot com life style got to you 😉 SY

    1. d3so says:

      I agree, it’s better to get a daily workout because not everyone has time to visit the gym.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        That is true! It is often difficult to find time for the gym and it’s nice to get some exercise walking.

      2. Nor the money, gyms can be pretty expensive, depending on which part of the world you live in. On the other hand, I guess, money is not really a problem for JC 😉 SY

        1. d3so says:

          Yep, gyms can be expensive. I love how they try to upsell and lock you in a contract. Not to mention the discount they offer if you pay with your bank account.

          1. John,

            Maybe you need to start playing tennis again. It’s a great no contact game and great fun and exercise too.

            It certainly beats going to a gym.

          2. John you got another benefit from your new home.

            Now you do not go to gym and can save your gym fee.

  8. Dan Lew says:

    Hey that is a great excuse to exercise, your body needs it particularity for those long hours on the computer 🙂

  9. Boy if any Asthma patient will saw this video than he/she will immediately run for his/her medicine

  10. JT says:

    Yah John please walk instead! Its much healthier!

  11. Hi John,

    Get the segway anyway. peanuts to you,bro.

  12. At-least you are getting a good workout while your at it.

  13. Tugazone says:

    Hi John,

    at least you do some workout… but you should think also that in the summer the segway is very good, but in the winter it would be very bad.

    You can always choose a golf kart or something with a roof and windshields.

    To avoid saying ” Damn no mail, and im wet!! ”

    Best regards

  14. Tony says:

    Hi John,

    Just started reading your blog. Thanks for all the great information!!!

    Maybe you can a Golden Retriever and train him to get your mail, and maybe even get you a beer 🙂

  15. Hey John,

    Don’t listen to everyone about exercise.. It’s primary function is to boost the immune system and for stress relief..

    Do you know your blood type by any chance?… cause you could feel amazing if you ate 4 your blood type…

    Many people need to be aware of this because food interacts with us at a biochemical level.. The better we feel the better we can create our lives….

  16. Get a treadmill or crosstrainer placed next to your desk at least then you can workout without fail 2 or three times a week without being too far from the desk.

  17. John, here are some options, as you seem to be out of breath and in need of some exercise:

    — Ride a bike and get fresh air.
    — Run to the box and run back. That’s about 3 miles total of running a week, which is about 5 marathons a year!
    — Just walk and make a video every time you get the mail. We appreciate the commentary.

    Then use the Segway money to buy your daughter a skateboard so she can join you.

    1. d3so says:

      A skateboard for Sally? lol maybe a bike for her as well would be a better option.

  18. Recky Nunez says:

    Lol, use your bike instead of walking to your mailbox. Less silly than a car 🙂

    1. d3so says:

      Using a bike is a good idea. But you’d need a basket to put your mail in. And I don’t agree on having baskets on bikes because it’s seems girly 😉

      1. Going up a steep hill on a bike is no fun. He’s probably end up walking it up and only riding it down the hill.

  19. wow 1/4 mile driveway, thats impressive man. Yeah it could be your morning workout, but get the segway anyway lol

  20. Cityvlle says:

    Segways cost as much as a car!! haha

  21. Tom Wozniak says:

    Love all the suggestions about making this a part of your daily workout. The Segway idea is a good one too. But, how about hiring an intern to get your mail and run errands? Now that is the dot com lifestyle.

  22. ibnujusup says:

    wow… are you serious john??? in my country, the post box is just in front of my house, so, whether they like it or not, the postman will have to walk to find the written address..

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