I’ve been getting a kick out of telling people who would like to ship something to me in Tok that “we don’t have numbers on our houses in these parts” and that they just have to suck it up and use our PO Box.
“They tell me UPS and FedEx actually will deliver to the post office unless they know where someone lives,” I tell them. They moan and groan about the use of a PO Box because I’m sure the computers at UPS and FedEx will go haywire if they read a PO Box instead of a street address.
So I was at the Tok post office the other day and asked what I should do for folks in other parts who cannot fathom a place without actual building numbers and street addresses.
They confirmed a little trick I had heard from some Tokites:
Use your PO Box number as your house number.
Use your street name.
Then add your PO Box to the zip code proceeded by a dash zero.
So if your PO Box number is 123 and you live .6 miles on West Willow (which is the other way you can give an address – the distance from the main road down to your place), here is what you tell people:
123 West Willow
Tok, AK 99708-0123
Voila! You’ve given folks Outside the traditional address they insist they need and have “tricked” UPS and FedEx computers. Then you just get your packages from the Tok post office.
Unless, of course, the UPS guy knows where you live.