Tony Tone
Tony Tone
Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

Muscatine Living

December is here, and that means folks working as delivery drivers will be extremely busy for the next few weeks. I want to say Thank you to all of you, and I hope you know that your efforts are appreciated. This includes the men and women with the United States Post Office and folks making local deliveries from businesses across Muscatine County. Specifically, to our mail person, sorry about the barking corgi dog; he’s a rascal but is harmless.

I cannot imagine the number of packages that will be delivered to households in Muscatine County. Is it 100,000? It would have to be more than that, right? The only thing I can compare this time of the year to is when I worked at Hy-Vee and was in charge of scheduling all Valentine’s Day deliveries. Our store would do between 300-450 deliveries over the course of a day and a half. It was controlled chaos, and I was mentally and physically exhausted afterward. That’s how I envision our delivery drivers; only they have to repeat that day after day as if they’re in a “Groundhog’s Day” movie remake.

Something else I noticed about myself that I hesitate to share with you; I’ve been listening to Christmas music. Listen, I’m not singing in my car, but I’ve found myself saying, “Alexa, play John Prine, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Christmas songs.” If anything, I can blame my wife, since our house was promptly decorated for the holiday before Thanksgiving.

I also made a total rookie mistake and wrapped lights around the front porch before I tested them! Imagine my surprise when I summoned my inner Clark Griswold and flipped the switch only to discover a couple of strands that were not working! It’s the thought that counts, right? I could have easily opted to go the route of a few inflatable winter decorations instead of the lights. Come to think of it; I might need to make a trip to Menards to see if they have any!

I’m looking forward to the next few weeks and sharing the holiday with my family and friends. Our children are excited and have already watched “Home Alone” a few times after we visited the house from the movie during our trip to Chicago over Thanksgiving. I hope you can enjoy the next few weeks and if you’re a delivery driver, please keep up the excellent work. I’d share the same sentiment with all retail workers during this time of year; thank you all!

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