CARLETON CRONIN ✍️ In praise of Roger the UPS Guy

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Aging may differ for each of us, but certain things are universal. One of these is how often much younger people are eager to tell you things you already know, where patience becomes a true virtue. Axioms are repeatedly thrown at us by every assumed authority, like snowballs, which we can either duck or accept with a nod and a smile.

But one such truth we hear repeatedly is “keep moving,” based on the belief that lack of motion leads to paralysis of both mind and body. Thus, at ninety-one, I work to fend off the attractive restraints of ‘dolce far niente’ and wander about my house and grounds, busy with minor chores. A principal duty each week is to get the refuse bins out to the curb for pickup the following day.

On one such Tuesday afternoon, I found myself struggling with a recalcitrant green bin that was much too full. As I concentrated on my efforts to maneuver the bin down the drive, and dealing with my cane, I was unaware of another person appearing beside me until he said, “I’ll take that.” It was a familiar face, not seen for over a year: Roger, the UPS guy!

“Out on sick leave for eighteen months,” he told me, after casually moving all three refuse bins to the curb. All the residents on my block, as well as neighboring blocks, knew Roger well. He took very good care of us, ensuring that packages he delivered were placed as much out of sight as possible and often rang doorbells to announce their arrival. He would take a moment to chat. Here was a man who truly liked his job and the interaction with his customers. Roger is genuine, top to bottom.

When our beloved neighbor David Jones died, and the A-listers he served in his floral design business were mourning his passing in New York, about a dozen or so neighbors, including myself, were celebrating his life at my house. Roger was among us, sharing tales of his encounters with David.

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This is a simple tale, with no great dramatic intent. I thought it a good idea to salute Roger, the UPS guy, for his reminders of what it means to be unabashedly open and accessible in an age and culture of anxiety and unnecessary caution in our everyday dealings. Say hello to Roger – he’s the guy in short pants driving that brown van.

 
 
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Jill
Jill
28 days ago

Roger is THE BEST – always so kind and friendly! My four year old loves him so much that he dressed up like him for Halloween 🙂 My son asked about him just about every day when he was gone and when Roger came back from his leave he was so kind and brought him a little ups truck! And then when he saw I had a baby while he was out away he got him a baby UPS onesie! We feel so blessed that while Los Angeles is very much a city, our kids get to grow up with… Read more »

hifi5000
hifi5000
28 days ago

Glad to see a person who is out and about being helpful to his neighbors and local patrons.A nice note in all the facelessness we see in our metropolitan zones every day.

Morty
Morty
28 days ago

So great of you to recognize Roger! He is also our UPS driver in WEHO West. He is the only delivery person we trust with the code to our security gate. He is truly one of a kind. We missed him while he was gone and we are so glad he is back. We are very fortunate to have such a kind and caring person as our UPS driver.

Mikie Friedman
Mikie Friedman
30 days ago

I have a wonderful mailman and a wonderful UPS driver too! And I am extremely grateful for them, and for their service and friendship! My mail carrier, even put a no rental scooter sticker on his truck!

Richard Karliss
Richard Karliss
30 days ago

Thank you Carleton for shining a light on a valuable part of our community. And thanks to Roger for his great service and friendship!

Bravo 🏆👏👏👏
Bravo 🏆👏👏👏
1 month ago

It always pays to know your neighborhood mail carrier and UPS driver. Both offered their cell numbers years ago and were always only to happy to help in any situation. 🏆👏👏👏

Manny
Manny
1 month ago

Yes indeed, Roger is great. A real community treasure.

Veronica Aguirre
Veronica Aguirre
30 days ago
Reply to  Manny

Wow!! This entire article brought happy and proud tears to my mother’s eyes as well as mine. Roger is my brother and he TRULY is one of a kind!! I love that his energy has infected all of your lives as well. THANK YOU for this awesome salute to Roger, the UPS guy.

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