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Community News Pshrusmp Valley  Thursday, June 12, 1997 25 IIIIIII I II I Just FedEx it The cop shines his hyper-bright fight in my eyes and I snap awake. The prowl car close on my rear bumper has its full rack of lights flashing in my mirrors while another cop stands alertly at the right rear of my car like a hunting dog with the scent of ducks in his nose. It's 3 a.m. and rmparked away from other cars under an overhead area light in the Wal-Mart lot in Barstow. The cop at the window is not impolite, but he wonders why I'm sleeping in the Wal-Mart lot at 3 a.m. I understand his concern. I set out to explain, remembering ,, that cops have usually heard ev- ery story there is. I suspect they haven't heard this one, and rm not sure I even believe it. It all started with a brewery in England anting to sell some beer... i rd been talking to aproduction company in L.A. about doing a commercial out here in our desert. I sent a few simple photos, a brief resume, and the names of mutual acquaintances. Nothing seemed to be happening. Monday afternoon, the phone explodes offtbe desk. Flash! Quick! Hurry! Pictures am needed of thr separate locations and they have to be in London yesterday. Here's the FedEx number. The pix have to go to a Norwegian that works for a French agency which is located in England. I'm given a FedEx number and told to hurry. I try to explain that FedEx doesn't pick up in the rural areas that I cover, but rm told again to do the job and get it done quick. I understand. I shut up. Bile case and career case are thrown into the Trooper. Water and ice are loaded, and it's showtime. The picture pezt is easy. Drive to tbe dry lake and shoot at each end careful to include the mirage. Film the dunes and only get a little stuck. Lens the top and bottom of the canyons near Shoshone and the camera work is done before sundown. Now we step into the Twilight Zone. With a handful of quarters beside me, and the Pahrump phone book that is always with me, I pull up a block of wood and sit down at the pay phone in Shoshone to call FedEx. The 800 numbers help, but welcome to the ever-friendly customer service world where each helpful clerk gives different information. If you don't understand the following, well, neither do I. Iask, what do I need to do to send three rolls of exposed filrn, In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherly two tourist brochures and a typed report to London, the very fastest way possible. I just can't drop the envelope in a FedEx box. I first need to complete a commercial invoice. There are no commercial in- voices in Shoshone. It is not known if I might find one in all of Southern Nevada and California. They will, however, be glad to fax me one. My fax machine is i! 60 miles south, in Baker, but we don't quibble. I ask them to fax the commercial invoice. I return to Baker. An international lawyerprac- tieing at The I-huge might be able to fill out the commercial invoice. It took me a while to figure it out and a few more phone calls to the nice FedEx folks. It is now 10 p,m. and there's another small problem. Not only must three copies of the commercial invoice be sent, but I must use an International Air Waybill. I call around and the nice FedEx ladies tell me I'll probably fred the Waybill at the FedEx box where I post the envelope. I asL are there any FedEx offices open 24 hours in the Southwestern U.S.? Forget it. I head the 65 miles south to Barstow where them am Fed boxes. TI boxes have no International Air Waybills. It's now midnight and things are not running too well. I can't call the production company. They hire me for results, not excuses. FedEx informs me I can find an Air Waybill at a FedEx agency, but they don't open until 9 am. I refuse to spend the bucks for a motel, rm not broke and the company would reimburse, but I just can't get a room only to kill a few hours. I decide to grab a nap in the car and, seeing as how Wal-Mart is open 24 hours... The cops helie:,e me. They wish me a goodaight and are on their way. 9 a.m. finds me at the FedEx agtmcy and therds an incredibly nice lady that helps me fill out the Intmmtional Air Waybill and send off the package. I return the 65 miles to Baker, call the production company and tell them it's done. How did a simple country boy ever get involved in this high tech interna- tional stuff?. I thought I was keeping life simple. Oh, yeah. Got acallacouple I v Ill I of days later. The film was there on time and everybody says it was a great job and the check's in the mail. Well, maybe life is good after all. And one little side note. I asked our postmaster--- the best one in the whole world-- about using U.S. Express Mail foroverseas delivery. She handed me the special bags, the simple custom forms and a price list. However, the post office gives no indication of how long delivery might take. FedEx takes two days. That's as good as it gets, unless you buy a ticket on the Concorde. =.'., I WELI00ILLING LLC W_edLO/.il00g Complete submersible Pump & Water Tank System hmaUe4 Power Pedestal 1200rap) Trenching for Power and lustau00t W00ntmes um Well to Home ,0000ystems ladua=: lre. 1ha C0mtn0a Pmatt Occupancy Permit Pads l Mobile Home can00 Lot Clea Lic# 17562A & 17563A -. 727.5435 51 S. Boul Rd. P.O. Box 56, Pahrump, NV AroundAmar.gosa with Andrea by: Andrea Lynn Everyone pitched in again, June 3 to help out Sam and Diane Carey. Their house burned down the previous Saturday and was a total loss. There was a spaghetti dinner, raffle and goody auction. Thanks for all the generosity. Another group of volunteers got together Saturday to work in the cemetery. Members of the Cemetery Board, girl and Boy Scouts cleaned up weeds and rocks. Trevor Dolby came down and pulled out a dead tree. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary provided hot dogs and soda after- ward. The Friends of the Library are holding a Past Party, Saturday, June 14. This is the last year that Penny McGhee will be involved with the production of the Storytellers play. The party begins at 2 p.m. and everyone is invited to the community center to join in thanking Penny for her years of help. Happy Father's Day, dads! The Amargosa Volunteer Fire De- partment would like to thank the commu- nity for all its help and support with the Carey fire. Food, drinks, water and time were donated to help make the job a little easier. It's great to see everyone pull together in a time of need. 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