Marysville postman John Burson refills his bag to deliver mail downtown Marysville on December 15, 2016. Burson has been delivering mail for 45 years (will be 46 years on Monday 12/19) and the same downtown route since 1984. (Kyle Robertson / The Columbus Dispatch)

MARYSVILLE — The thermometer read 4 degrees and the wind whipped so strongly that the riggings of even a half-staff flag slapped against the metal pole in front of the old brick post office. Yet the only extra nod John Burson gave to the nasty weather before heading outside to walk some 14 miles was to replace his red and green “Merry Christmas” baseball cap with a stocking hat.
No parka with a furry hood, or fleece-lined pants. No hidden thermal underwear, he swears. He didn’t even pull on a pair of gloves. They just make it too difficult to flip through the envelopes between houses.
And after 46 years as a mailman — 32 of those walking every length of sidewalk in the same 22 blocks of the United States Postal Service’s Marysville City Route 4 — Burson should be a pretty good judge of what it takes.
Let’s just be clear, …
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