‘No fixed abode’ increasing
Baby boomers mobilising.
We do not limit ourselves to the quarter acre our parents aspired to. I have friends ‘‘of no fixed abode’’ enjoying daily adventures in their mobile homes on land or sea, and others who pursue the sun or snow.
Technology has changed the world allowing us to keep tabs with family no matter where all of us are. When my generation set off for youthful ‘‘overseas experience’’, parents had to be content with a postcard or aerogram which could be a month or so winging its way to the family’s front gate letter box.
Today we receive correspondence instantaneously in a variety of forms. One would assume technology would more than keep abreast of the lifestyle choices of people like me who managed to live a full productive life pre www. Another assumption might be that the downturn in receiving mail via a letterbox is the reason New Zealand Post is cutting back its services.
To be honest I have not received mail from any receptacle at my front gate most of my adult life. A
quietly redundant rural delivery canister which got bowled over in a bold letterbox hit and run outside my last home was as close as I have got.
However, it is ironical and frustrating when purchasing online, a physical address for a postal not courier run is a requirement.
Recent delivery battles to procure documents such as a driver’s license, credit cards, and business location on Google Maps show companies cannot cope with the evolution of the lifestyle of baby boomers.
They require a postie to deliver to a residential delivery point. Now there’s an idea!
● Ann Mann was a Queenstown publican and now owns a wedding and event catering business. She is heavily involved in the Wakatipu community.