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November 10, 2011

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Wrapping a package with a grocery bag

Sure, the post office would like you to use brown wrapping paper for your mailed packages and parcels but what if you don't have any — and have no interest in buying some?

Your ship just came in, courtesy of one of my crack Pennsylvania correspondents.

Take a paper bag you get at the grocery store, stick your box in and Bob's your uncle.

Bonus: No scissors or cutting necessary — but be sure you have plenty of tape at hand.

In the video up top, Gray Cat gives a demonstration, filmed with my iPhone 4S (maiden post on boj using footage derived therein) and edited on the phone with iMovie.

Very, very steep learning curve for this TechnoDolt™: I started making the movie around 1:30 p.m. and finally got it up on YouTube around 4:30.

That would be me narrating, by the way.

One big step closer to bookofjoeTV.


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If you just flat out refuse to buy fancy brown paper on a roll for your package wrapping needs, you can also use one of those great big brown paper lawn & leaf bags (they usually come in a bound-up pack of five bags; the cheapest and best I've found are from Kroger). No, they ain't free, but they make dandy wrapping paper, and even dandier cat hidey-hole/playtime bags. For wrapping paper, unfold a bag, cut the bottom off, cut down the side seam, separate the two layers, and you've got two great big sheets of brown paper to work with. MUCH heavier duty than the flimsy stuff on the rolls, too. (It also makes excellent, strong, but costly, packing paper when crumpled up, and you're mailing something heavy-ish that you want to cushion really well and keep from shifting around in a box.)

Unfold a bag and cut a couple of 2-inch diameter peeking holes on each side, leave it out on the floor and after the feline(s) ignore it for the required day or several, they'll have a ball running in & out.

Posted by: Flautist | Nov 12, 2011 2:30:02 AM

Keep your day job.

Posted by: David | Nov 11, 2011 8:02:13 AM

Um, because that was the cutest thing I have ever seen and I want to see more, I hesitate to share this link, but my humanitarian nature compels me: http://joby.com/store/gorillamobile/iphone4

Posted by: Tara | Nov 10, 2011 9:07:46 PM

No slur intended, but good move that you took up anesthesiology rather than surgery.

And . . . the process was done on the ground too! Dirt, leaves and was that a bird feather floating on the corner of the box?

Nonetheless, an interesting post. We, the readers, hold our collective breath for your every whim.

G.C. knows the best use for a paper bag, was, as demonstrated, is to sit on it or in it.

Posted by: Kay | Nov 10, 2011 8:49:01 PM


Would it be that hard to cut the bag with scissors and

do a tighter, neater, less tape covering?

Hi Grey Cat!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Nov 10, 2011 7:46:04 PM

Actually the Postal Service would prefer you NOT use brown paper. And narrow Scotch tape is a big faux pas. Use packaging tape (about 2 inch wide) to close the box and just write the address on the box like you would an envelope. Brown paper has a tendency to tear and come off the box, which makes the delivery address also come off the box.

Loved the Grey Cat assistance though!

Posted by: Postal Clerk Linda | Nov 10, 2011 6:56:10 PM

Function, fUnCtIoN, FUNCTION!!! Can't wait for JoeTV!!!

Posted by: Marla | Nov 10, 2011 2:32:30 PM

Grey cat is awesome. Always, always include the cat, Joe.

Posted by: jeff | Nov 10, 2011 1:01:19 PM

Did Siri help?

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 10, 2011 12:26:08 PM

Amazing quality from the phone. I even recognized the location where the tutorial took place!

Posted by: Paul Biba | Nov 10, 2011 10:13:01 AM

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