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•  Axios tells the story this morning of Susie and Paul Sensmeier, a Virginia couple that "got their first drone delivery on a whim four years ago," but now "has made it part of their daily routine."

Since that first drone delivery, the story says, "the couple has placed 1,200 orders via Wing's drone delivery service in Christiansburg, Virginia — a likely world record, per the company … They ordered a lot of everyday items from Walgreens: playing cards, colored pencils, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunscreen, cold medicine and COVID-19 test kits.

"During the pandemic, they also got 93 boxes of Girl Scout cookies delivered by drone — most of which they gave away, Paul says."

Average delivery time: 12 minutes, 14 seconds.

Axios notes that the Sensmeiers, who are in their eighties, "live near Virginia Tech University, where Google-owned Wing has been doing drone research."

The story notes that the Sensmeiers have recently moved into an assisted living facility, and "are hoping drones will one day deliver there too."

Which makes sense - you'd think that assisted living facilities, where people can't or don't get out as much as they used to, would be a prime target (pun intended) for drone delivery services, which need to get greater traction of the technology is really going to take off (pun intended).