In an era where a double tap on a smartphone screen can summon a latte to your doorstep, next-day delivery has become the sacred cow of consumerism.

But hold onto your hats, folks, because for us poor souls living in North Dakota, this utopian dream might as well be a mirage in the desert.

While city slickers bask in the glory of their next-day and even same-day deliveries, North Dakotans are left scratching their backsides amidst vast stretches of tumbleweed-strewn terrain.

With more space between houses than Hollywood has between divorces, the idea of getting your hands on a package within 24 hours is about as likely as finding a Concordia grad who doesn't shove their stupid ring in your face whenever they get the chance.

Sure, in the concrete jungles, delivery trucks zip around like caffeinated squirrels, but out here in the boonies, our roads are more akin to a game of dodge-the-pothole.

And don't get started on the weather—our winters can make the ice planet of Hoth seem balmy, adding a whole new level of "fun" to the delivery person's job.

And let's talk economics, shall we? In the land of wide-open spaces, where the deer and the antelope actually do play, the math just doesn't add up.

With more cows than people and more grain elevators than skyscrapers, the cost of delivering that hot-off-the-press gadget to your doorstep jumps faster than Drake tries to dodge the allegations.

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So, while our urban counterparts revel in their next-day delights, we North Dakotans are left with two options: embrace the snail's pace of rural life or hitch a ride on the nearest tumbleweed and hope for the best.

Until drones start delivering our Amazon packages, we'll just have to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic route to our doorstep.

So while some in our state rattle their jewelry, demanding cost prohibitive efficiency, the rest of us will just have to settle into reality, which demands we either plan ahead or wait the extra days for delivery.

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