Welcome to rural America!! Until recently, our area was all PO Boxes, RR's, and Star Routes. Our Address was P.O. Box 105. We live in a small town and pick up our mail at our local post office - a 5 minute walk. It worked well except for deliveries of packages from UPS and FEDEX. Shippers would not deliver to a post office box
so I adopted, on my own, the address of 105 School Street.
That worked most of the time unless the shipper checked the address and found that there was no such address.
BUMMER!! (If you see me at a rally, I will relay the story of ordering cell phones on the internet!!!) We recently underwent a 911 re-addressing in our county. Now we have a physical address but it is not our mailing address since we have a PO Box. If you send mail to my physical address, it may not arrive. If you ship a package to my mailing address, it may not arrive. Confused yet?? So, we now use the physical address followed by the PO Box. Problem solved.
Then there was the mail box vs the PO Box snafu. Rural route carriers deliver mail along rural roads and deposit it in a mail box for free but you own the box. Everyone in town was charged a fee for a PO Box rental at the local post office but back a few years, the fee was waived but only for individuals that choose to pick up their mail at the post office because if a rural carrier goes past your house, you must put out a mailbox to get your mail. If they choose to pick it up at the post office, they must rent the post office box. There is a rural carrier that delivers the mail to a nearby elderly housing unit. He leaves the post office, makes a left turn and a right turn to get to the housing unit, a distance of less than two tenths of a mile. All the houses whose front doors he passes on the wayto the housing unit had to put up a mail box or pay to pick up their mail at the post office. Four of my neighbors must pay for their box.
Since he technically does not pass our front door, we get a free box.
But then yesterday, Judy walked down to the post office to get our mail at 11:00 am which is the time the mail is usually in our boxes only to find the door locked. Yesterday was the first day of the new schedule for our post office - 1230 pm to 430 pm!! No more 8 to 5 due to cutbacks. So it goes.