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Our letterbox was very old and wobbly. After only 6 years, we finally managed to buy a new and fancy one. Yesterday a couple of neighbours left a card praising the new one, using all the Spanish words they knew (my mother tongue).
Oh, don't get me started on letterboxes...

At the last bun fight Quartier homeowner's meeting, it was proposed that the (perfectly respectable and perfectly functional) letterboxes, located in the garage completely out of sight, be replaced... because the old letter boxes were 'Nicht mehr im Trend!'

Cost of replacing said letterboxes: CHF 15,000. Yes, you read that right.

Apparently mortified at the prospect of being thought untrendy, the majority of my dear neighbors voted in favor of blowing 15K on letter boxes.

So I guess that's my summer plans cancelled. I have to buy an unwanted, unnecessary, overpriced letterbox instead.


Well the flyer for the new letter boxes arrived today.

They look exactly the same as the old boxes.


TIS.

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So I guess that's my summer plans cancelled. I have to buy an unwanted, unnecessary, overpriced letterbox instead.


Well the flyer for the new letter boxes arrived today.

They look exactly the same as the old boxes.


TIS.

Can you not just spray paint the old one, meloncollie, and pretend it's new? Or better still, get two male Efers to go over to your house in overalls and fiddle about with your mail box and pretend they're replacing it.. save yourself the big expense

Seriously, it would kill me to pay that amount for something which is not needed.
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Old 23.04.2017, 10:39
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You still getting mail? All I get is junk!
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Can you not just spray paint the old one, meloncollie, and pretend it's new? Or better still, get two male Efers to go over to your house in overalls and fiddle about with your mail box and pretend they're replacing it.. save yourself the big expense

Seriously, it would kill me to pay that amount for something which is not needed.
Would that I could, would that I could.

What we have here is democracy at work. Majority rules. TIS.

That 15K will be divided among the homeowners, but still... There are much better uses for that money. Like maintaining drains and such.

I suppose I should be thankful, though. This bit of idiocy was accomplished with a mere 10 minutes of discussion. There have been bun fights Quartier homeowners meetings where the finer points of border topiary has been debated for hours, until I found myself losing the will to live.

(The standard vote garnering technique at a Quartier meeting: Focus on minutae until the gathering is utterly bored into submission, willing to vote your way in order to Finally. End. This. Thing.)


Silver lining: No one mentioned Geraniums at this last meeting.
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Old 23.04.2017, 11:44
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Silver lining: No one mentioned Geraniums at this last meeting.
So, you pointed the discussion to the color of the new mailboxes instead
It is always good to use bike shedding for your own good
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_triviality


But honestly, buying new for the sake of buying new?
Has one of the home owners any personal relation with the producer or installer? Are does all the others brain dead zombies past their "best before dates" that they just nod and accept?
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Are does all the others brain dead zombies past their "best before dates" that they just nod and accept?
Probably some of them just foreigners being too afraid to rock the boat.
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Has one of the home owners any personal relation with the producer or installer?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMRUHGnN29s





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Probably some of them just foreigners being too afraid to rock the boat.
It's true there has been an influx of foreigners* - however the Züricher Steuerflüchtlinge are not exactly known for a fear of boat rocking.

(...grumble grumble they sashay in with their new-fangled ideas, disrespecting our traditions letterboxes grumble grumble...)


* It matters not that your pass is red with a white cross and you march in the Sechselauten parade; if your great great many times great grandfather was not born on the Etzel, you're as much a foreigner as I am.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMRUHGnN29s







It's true there has been an influx of foreigners* - however the Züricher Steuerflüchtlinge are not exactly known for a fear of boat rocking.

(...grumble grumble they sashay in with their new-fangled ideas, disrespecting our traditions letterboxes grumble grumble...)


* It matters not that your pass is red with a white cross and you march in the Sechselauten parade; if your great great many times great grandfather was not born on the Etzel, you're as much a foreigner as I am.

Probably I wouldn't feel very comfortable there, but must say that in a way I admire the stubbornness with which they try to protect their "traditions". (maybe it is a stubbornness worthy of a better cause, true)
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Only here one runs a race and gets a free tshirt, baseball cap, rivella, apples, candy, beach ball and a gym sack full of Migros surprises.

Plus I got an sms a few seconds after I finished with the exact time I took.

That's....CH.

I am running again in 3 weeks, if they get the urban run license.
Lausanne20?
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Lausanne20?
OH and the kids ran the 4Km yesterday, it was great, and we indeed got tons of goodies! Plus the t-shirts and medals, of course
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Old 23.04.2017, 18:15
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Probably I wouldn't feel very comfortable there, but must say that in a way I admire the stubbornness with which they try to protect their "traditions". (maybe it is a stubbornness worthy of a better cause, true)
I don't see anything traditional in meloncollie's mailbox story.

The traditional thing would be to use the mailboxes until they are broken but not to replace perfectly fine mailboxes with new ones.
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You still getting mail? All I get is junk!
Yes, but those need to be received in style!

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I suppose I should be thankful, though. This bit of idiocy was accomplished with a mere 10 minutes of discussion. There have been bun fights Quartier homeowners meetings where the finer points of border topiary has been debated for hours, until I found myself losing the will to live.
Which I guess is why a landlord of mine sent me to those every year. I saved him a lot of money too .... good reasoning is the key and if you can't convince them confuse them
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Only here the audience sits through a terrible movie, claps and asks a few meaningless questions at Q&A session so the creators would not feel ignored. TLC.

And the bathrooms and bars throughout the festival village are amazing, operational and clean.

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Only here one runs a race and gets a free tshirt, baseball cap, rivella, apples, candy, beach ball and a gym sack full of Migros surprises.

Plus I got an sms a few seconds after I finished with the exact time I took.

That's....CH.

I am running again in 3 weeks, if they get the urban run license.
I am actually disappointed, at the 20 km of Lausanne the SMS arrived an hour after (maybe because we were too many)
At the Swiss City Marathon in Luzern they even sent me the weather forecast before the race (no t-shirt though)

Where did you get the beach ball? It was not in my bag, I want one!
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Where did you get the beach ball? It was not in my bag, I want one!
Beach balls, caps, water thingies, I could open a shop!
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I am actually disappointed, at the 20 km of Lausanne the SMS arrived an hour after (maybe because we were too many)
At the Swiss City Marathon in Luzern they even sent me the weather forecast before the race (no t-shirt though)

Where did you get the beach ball? It was not in my bag, I want one!
They gave me three beachballs.

I think it was BCV, handing out.

I am considering Luzern, big time. I got my sms a few mins after I finished, in LS.

I am also thinking about GE but apparently it is too expensive? I guess TIS.
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Three Swiss cities in the best ten cities worldwide for expats here
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My son recently broke my shaver... electric one... dropped it on the floor.

I made inquires about getting it fixed on the internet and took the damaged item to the repair shop, filling in a few personal details (name, address, mobile) - was told it would be about 100 chuffs, which was fine considering the cost of a new one.

Two days later the fixed shaver arrives back at my house, in my parcel box - no signing for delivery but with a bill inside for 104 chuffs.

Swiss Trust and Quality I thought to myself, I don't know of any other country where this would work.
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Oh, don't get me started on letterboxes...

At the last bun fight Quartier homeowner's meeting, it was proposed that the (perfectly respectable and perfectly functional) letterboxes, located in the garage completely out of sight, be replaced... because the old letter boxes were 'Nicht mehr im Trend!'

Cost of replacing said letterboxes: CHF 15,000. Yes, you read that right.

Apparently mortified at the prospect of being thought untrendy, the majority of my dear neighbors voted in favor of blowing 15K on letter boxes.

So I guess that's my summer plans cancelled. I have to buy an unwanted, unnecessary, overpriced letterbox instead.


Well the flyer for the new letter boxes arrived today.

They look exactly the same as the old boxes.


TIS.

Would you have to pay these even if you are a Tenant?

Also, ask for the full bill - If thats true, we should quit our jobs and start installing post boxes!
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I fly back from London this morning with around 600 pounds worth of shopping for the whole family. (I traveled alone) I for one moment didn't realize that I'm allowed 300 francs. They counted each item individually. I got 150 chf penalty and around 70 chf in tax.
Everything was done is a very civil manner and we shook hand with the custom officer.
"Next time you declare it by going to the red exit he said and you save the 150 francs"
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