Today I looked up the address again and used Google maps to zoom in on the satellite photo. As I suspected, the post office is inside the Chevron gas station that I drove by. I've never seen a post office in a gas station. Anyway, after work I stopped in and their postage machine was down. Well, now I know where the post office is but that didn't help me mail my package. Out of desperation I stopped at the UPS store and thought I would try shipping it UPS. Turns out that the UPS store also does regular mail. I had no idea. Or maybe I forgot. It was a good thing they did mail too because the clerk said it would have cost around $12 to mail my little envelope with UPS. I paid $3.00 and crossed that little chore off my list. Next time I need to mail something I need to remember that the UPS store can do it and they are only a mile from my home. So convenient!
In other nephew news, I thought I was going to be able to skip the drive to Phoenix this year because I found a Southwest flight that had one stop but didn't change planes. I figured a 14 year old could handle that by himself. After I bought the ticket, Southwest changed the flight so that it does change planes. Oops. I called them and after being put on hold a really long time, I was able to change the flight to Phoenix which is a direct flight. I was happy until they sent me an updated itinerary. The price was the same. One of the reasons that I like Southwest so much is that they don't charge a change fee and they give you credit for the difference in plane fare if there is one. The Phoenix flight was $80 cheaper than the Tucson flight. Normally, changing destinations is not allowed. I think I would have had to cancel one ticket and bought a new one but it was Southwest who changed their flight so I thought I had a good argument. I sent my explanation and question to Southwest customer service and waited. The next day I had a response and they gave me an $80 credit which I have to use by March of next year. That is fine because I am sure that I will be buying my nephew another ticket for Christmas break.
I am very glad that I paid attention to the ticket price and asked for the credit. It almost makes having to drive to Phoenix worth it. Well, maybe not, but it makes it a little better. One of these years my nephew will feel confident enough to change planes. Maybe I should pay him the amount I would pay in gas to Phoenix as an incentive to try. I'm willing to wait until he's 16 though.