Many statements made thus far make me more thankful for where I live. Hopefully it's not just luck that I experience each and every day but rather the rural attitude, often hard living but also simplified in so many ways.
Sometimes I envy those that can go to a brick and mortar store to actually hold a camera or lens they may want to purchase. I cannot do that economically so I research online, read and view what others are using here on POTN, can call Adorama and talk to someone, place my order to have it delivered to my door. If not satisfied, I can return it, though I never have. It doesn't matter to me who they choose to ship the package with, all have worked well.
Often I drive the 500 yards to my mailbox to send mail, without a stamp I place money in the box and the carrier will stamp it for me, leave change if due or leave a note stating what I owe. When he delivers, if the item needs to stay dry, won't fit in the box etc, he brings it to my house to leave in a safe place. If I'm home he can refill his coffee cup and let me know where he has been seeing the most deer and what time of day.
Both UPS and Fedex have been terrific, they often ask me about the road conditions in the neighborhood and the best route to take for deliveries in the area after leaving my place. I have had UPS drivers see my wife in town and leave packages with her,(usually large orders from Cabelas or Bass Pro Shop) so they can save driving the miles out to my house. So far it hasn't helped for me to explain that my wife doesn't need to know about the fun gifts I buy for myself . I wonder sometimes if they go out of their way to find her!
My son drives for Fedex freight , pulling either a 53 foot trailer or doubles, making deliveries and picking up freight, this week in 22 inches of snow at his depot and they try to keep moving best they can. The past week has not been a good one on I70, I44 West of St Louis, snow and ice being bad for the truckers trying to get deliveries made on time. If they are late I'll just wait, I could not do their job.