After 22-plus years at the Lake Bluff Post Office, Gary James is being shipped to Glenview. His last day behind the Lake Bluff counter is Nov. 18, and his co-workers and regular customers are feeling gloomy, to put it mildly.
“Who will sing Christmas carols this year?” asked one customer as he stood in line waiting to ship a package. (Gary is known to belt out random holiday tunes to lighten the mood when the line is long, and even when it isn’t.)
“What will the wait be like in December?” asked another customer. “Why wouldn’t they wait a few more weeks?”
“I’m his day-wife,” said Gary’s co-worker Caronn. “We’ve worked together here for 22 years!”
“I’m shedding a cup of tears every day so I don’t have to cry a whole bucket full at the end,” said Gary.
He’d prefer to stay in Lake Bluff–he loves his co-workers and customers as much as he loves riding his bike to work every day from his home in far north Waukegan. In Glenview, he’ll take a train most days but plans to cycle at least once a week–a trek that will take two hours each way.
But Gary’s an optimist and he’s looking forward to the fact that his new schedule does not include Saturday hours.
“You’ve got to find the perk in everything you do,” he said, tossing an envelope of Val-pack coupons in the air.