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    Land That I Love

    | Seattle, WA, USA |

    (I received this call from a customer requesting web site support.)

    Customer: “I want to order from you, but it says that my state is ‘Invalid’!”

    Me: “What state are you putting in?”

    Customer: “‘The Great State Of Texas’!”

    Me: “Are you putting that whole phrase in the box?”

    Customer: “Well, it ran out of room after the ‘t’ and the ‘h’.”

    Me: “When you put in the state on our site, you need to use the 2-letter state code set up by the United States Post Office.”

    Customer: “What do you mean by that?”

    Me: “The United States Post Office has a code for each state and territory of the United States. Texas would be ‘TX’.”

    Customer: “WHAT?! HOW ARE THEY GOING TO KNOW TO SEND IT TO THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS IF IT ONLY SAYS ‘TX’?! MY ORDER WOULD BE LOST!”

    Me: “Actually, I’m pretty sure that the United States Post Office would know that ‘TX’ is ‘The Great State Of Texas’….”

    Customer: *types it in* “Oh, look at that – it worked. Can you hold on for a second? I want to call the Post Master of our town and confirm this….”