Bright And Brief
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ The card had only a nickname, an incomplete address, a trading stamp instead of postage and a one-name return address.
And the U.S. Postal Service delivered it one day after it was mailed last week.
The card was addressed to: ″Nana, 1712 Watson,″ but no city, state or ZIP code. The return address was simply: ″lissa.″
″I did it all myself,″ 6-year-old Melissa Reeder told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. ″I wrote ‘Nana’ a get-well card ’cause she was sick.″
″Nana,″ it turns out, is Vera Reeder, grandmother of 6-year-old Melissa Reeder. ″I was flabbergasted that it reached me,″ Mrs. Reeder said.
Mrs. Reeder said she first thought the letter had been brought to her by Carrie Reeder, Melissa’s mother, but then she noticed the S&H Green Stamp had been canceled by the Postal Service.
Postal Service officials were unable to track down the worker who got the letter to Mrs. Reeder, but Irene Owens, a consumer affairs clerk, has an idea.
″When we get mail with no city or ZIP code that can’t be processed through a machine, it goes to the uncoded city or quiz clerk,″ she said. ″One of the clerks there is responsible for the letter getting to the right person, and we are delighted the letter got to ’Nana.‴
The girl’s mother said she remembered that Melissa had prepared the get- well card and asked her for a stamp. She said she told her daughter there were some stamps on a lamp stand.
″There were a lot of old S&H Green Stamps there, and she picked up one, put it one the letter and sealed the envelope,″ she said. ″She then put the letter in the mail chute.″
″I never even knew that she did it,″ the mother said. ″I just didn’t think any more about it.″
MAYBEE, Mich. (AP) - Mark and Karen Brant thought a llama would make a fine pet on their 47-acre farm, until they learned it would take $12,000 for a pair of the distant relatives of camels that are native to the Andes.
But after initially considering that too expensive, Brant decided that if llamas were worth so much he’d go ahead and purchase two, raise more and possibly earn a profit.
Today, the Brants have 67 llamas on 10 acres of pasture.
″We thought it was going to be a hobby,″ Brant said. ″It’s become a little more than that.″
Llamas, which resemble small camels without humps, are raised for their wool and for use as pack animals, a field in which they are replacing horses in some areas. There are 12,000 to 15,000 llamas in the United States, said Sue Rolfing of the International Llama Association.
Brant figures the couple now has about $500,000 invested in llamas. They paid $85,000 alone for the ″Professor,″ an eight-year-old male llama, at an auction in Los Angeles last month for breeding. Two of the Professor’s offspring sold for $30,000 and $20,000 at the same auction.