Living in the country, we've had our share of mailbox woes. Kids sometimes play mailbox baseball. Most of the time, however, we lose our mailbox to the snow plows. When we first moved here John posed the problem to a handyman who used to tackle odd jobs for us. I don't believe he ran his idea by us first. He simply erected a large pole around the mailbox. It was an embarrassing eye-sore that we removed.
If only we'd hired someone creative. I passed this mailbox man the other day and it brought a huge smile to my face:
What a way to solve the problem! I did some research. Turns out this little invention is the brain child of Floridian Scott Gerber (see this article on a welding magazine site). He calls his tubular creations "tube dudes" and they not only hold mailboxes but also serve other functions (besides simply spreading cheer). If you are interested, you can place an order at Tube Dude. Products range from my favorite, the mini sitting and reading (for $350), to an elaborate snailfish mailbox ($2,500). If money dropped from the sky, I'd happily spend a thousand dollars or so to bring smiles to my neighbors' faces.
I do have an effortless way you can give a smile today. My son's internship employer, Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center, has been selected for the 2020 Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. You can go to the Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing and Casino page to cast a vote for Julia (her selected charity is Morning Dove). The facility is a peaceful oasis (I get computer work done outdoors next to the horse pastures while Trevor cleans stalls). They provide great therapy riding for individuals with disabilities. If you watch the WTHR 13 morning news someday this week, you might even see Trevor working in the background. They came to the ranch to shoot video footage this past week. Please give a smile by casting your vote today!