Reporting for The New York Times

April 17, 2015

ANGELA JIMENEZ FOR THE NEW YORK TIMESPhoto: Angela Jimenez for The New York Times


I interviewed a mail carrier on a five-below-zero day this winter; my fingers got so cold I couldn’t read all of my notes! (Did you know the U.S. Post Office gives mail carriers rubber thumbs to prevent frostbite?) Here’s the section on Minneapolis, written by editors in Chicago:

Peter Tabor, a mail carrier in Minneapolis who has been on the job for 28 years, set out on his route as usual on Wednesday in a not-so-usual minus 5 degrees. Wearing a down coat is impossible, he said, because his mail bag slides off his shoulder. One hand must remain bare to deliver the mail, so he keeps a chemical hand warmer in his pocket and switches hands periodically.

“I’m ambidextrous,” he said.

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