The holidays, in particular, are a time to closely monitor your online orders to assure correct delivery. From time to time, we receive packages intended for others who live nearby that speak volumes about what kind of Idaho neighbors we really have.


We are still four weeks away from Christmas day, and I'm already losing track of all the email alerts regarding packages I've ordered. The first dozen emails that show on my phone are from either Amazon or eBay. I got an early start this year to avoid those last-minute, late-night, gift-wrapping marathons.

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In my wife's family, there is a rotating, gift-buying spreadsheet that was created years ago so people know who they're buying for. This is a great system for large families to use. I married into this schedule, and in past years, I've been known to buy her siblings gag gifts for the holidays. This morning, my postal delivery guy pulled into my driveway unusually early and carried what turned out to be very interesting content taped tightly in a box to my front porch.

There are three different possibilities as to why I received a "Judy, Inflatable Friend" doll at 7:45 A.M. Following a personal investigation by yours truly that required some brief telephone calls, I have ruled out any of my wife's siblings as being behind this delivery. I also ruled out my brother, as I could tell after chatting with him that he didn't have a clue about the plastic, seductive doll. The only conclusion I came to is that this "gift," wasn't intended for me.

The package's label had my home's correct numerical location incorrectly listed as a forwarding address. I know this because the property has been in my family's name since 2007. The name on the label was very suspicious, which prompted me to open it. I'm guessing the doll was really intended for someone on my block, but I have no way of proving it.

So, what should I do next Twin Falls? Should I return the doll to the local post office, or should I blow it up and tuck it into the sheets of our guest bedroom where my brother-in-law will be sleeping for an upcoming holiday visit?

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