Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bring Back the Pony Express

Recently, the U.S. Postal Service hit us with yet another rise in first class postal rates. As if they weren't already overpriced! 




I'm starting to think this isn't really a joke.They aren't getting enough volume to stay out of the red ink, so they're going to make it up by overcharging for every item we are forced to send through them.


I'm not whining here. When I send a package to Ontario, CANADA and it ends up in Ontario, CALIFORNIA, I figure somebody isn't earning his government salary.




We've played musical mailboxes on many occasions. When you have a large number of mailboxes clustered together and a substitute carrier, things happen. Even this. Seriously. I suspect, however, that most of my mail has been picked up or delivered by this fellow....




If the postal service wants to get people to use their services again, I suggest they stop raising the rates. E-mail, after all, is free. 


Or maybe a change in HOW the mail is delivered is in order. I think the Pony Express was far more efficient, and look what they had to deal with.


Carrier pigeons are a possible alternative. Or these guys....




It would have to be an improvement.


Why do I get the feeling that from now on, only junk mail will find its way to my mailbox?



19 comments:

  1. There's the piles of pottery barn catalogues you didn't ask for, the menus for take out restaurants you don't frequent, the insurance companies sending you policies you didn't ask for.

    Yes, you're in for a flood of junk mail.

    Personally, I'd say the owls are much more reliable.

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  2. This is so true! My cousin sent me a Christmas present from Europe that I just received on the 25th of January. She went to the post office on the 9th of Dec. I'm sorry, but come on--I know it's far but isn't it strange how when I pay a whole bunch extra for Express One Day Service they would get it the next day? The European Christmas chocolates she sent me just weren't the same at the end of January.

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  3. And thank you for the visual aids for this post, William!

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  4. I think I'm odd person out *hangs head* but after living in Kenya, Italy, Egypt, and Macedonia, the U.S. mail is extremely cheap and extremely reliable. Yep, there are screw ups, but, by and large, the mail does get through. (Lived in Israel - very good mail service but it is brutally expensive.) Having said that, the PO needs to streamline and so on. I remember when President Johnson changed the PO's status (to pay for Vietnam). Critics said this would happen.

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  5. Of course, the mail isn't all that reliable for.... certain adult entertainment items either.

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  6. I feel strangely compelled to wag my finger in disapproval at Scarlett and James now.

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  7. It wouldn't do any good. You know those two!

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  8. My office had a computer in 1974. We could send message to our main office in New York City or any branch office in the United States. I knew then the U. S. Post Office was doomed. I just didn't know it would take so long. Right now I have a wonderful carrier. It's when she goes on vacation, my mail goes missing.

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  9. I sent a small package to someone in Delaware, on December 15th...... they got it mid January. I sent something else to someone in Florida, spent the extra so that it would get there by Thursday, but they didn't get it until this past Monday. It's not just the States. Canada is big on screwing up the mail. BTW, love the owls. They're one of my favorite animals.

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  10. I sent a small package to someone in Delaware, on December 15th...... they got it mid January. I sent something else to someone in Florida, spent the extra so that it would get there by Thursday, but they didn't get it until this past Monday. It's not just the States. Canada is big on screwing up the mail. BTW, love the owls. They're one of my favorite animals.

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  11. I sent a small package to someone in Delaware, on December 15th...... they got it mid January. I sent something else to someone in Florida, spent the extra so that it would get there by Thursday, but they didn't get it until this past Monday. It's not just the States. Canada is big on screwing up the mail. BTW, love the owls. They're one of my favorite animals.

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    1. Better not tell William that. His dad was a mail carrier!

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    2. Yes, he was, and he has the stories of epic struggles with dogs to prove it.

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  12. Sorry I'm going to be a voice from the other side. Like @Kity Howard.

    I'm guess you haven't lived anywhere but in America. Because as expensive and as slow as you think it is, mail usually gets to where it is going and fairly fast.
    In Italy you very rarely get your mail and any package, especially from overseas will be opened before it gets to you if it gets to you. Friends living in Italy (years ago) only got two cards I sent in all the years they lived there. They were shocked they got them. We used the phone.
    When my daughter worked for a small company that shipped overseas they never sent anything to Italy ever.
    When I send letter and packages to the UK it gets over there fine but the delivery after that is hit or miss. Especially at Christmas. Her company found that true too.
    My mail to and from Japan is very reliable. 7 to !0 days.

    People don't write letter anymore or send cards. Stupid e-mail and twitter. If you have family in another country skype and e-mail is a must but I always send real mail too.
    To keep the USPS afloat junk mail has become a paying customer. That is why you get so much of it.
    It's just like the small shop or store if you don't use it it will be eaten up by Starbucks (ugh!) or Home Depot (double ugh!).
    I can count on one hand when some mail I sent was mis-delivered but I can't even tell you all the times day in day out that my mail has gotten to where it was going.
    Son sent package to New Zealand that was tracked to the post office and some how never made it out of their post office.

    We always remember the misses and never the hits. I have dealt with overseas mail for so long that I really appreciate dealing with the USPS, nutty and frustrating that is may be on any given day.

    cheers, parsnip

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  13. Just one of life's sweet ironies; the less we need/use postal mail, the more it will cost us. The unfortunate aspect is that if we want the rates to get back under control (I think it's pretty outrageous too. Think I spent more shipping gifts over the holidays than I actually spent on gifts!) it'll probably mean a lot of people losing their jobs.

    The USPS is trying to carry on business as usual, but the reality is that we probably need half as many of them as there are. And they shouldn't just quit delivering on weekends, but maybe Thursday and Friday too.

    So many people only use snail mail for packages and cards, and UPS and FedEX are easier to use for the packages. (Maybe not cheaper, though.)

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  14. Sigh! I feel your pain! The Royal Mail is just as bad. I sent a card to Canada last year and it ended up in Thailand... finally reaching Canada after about three months!

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  15. I love the idea of carrier pigeons and have totally blogged about the same thing! Don't take it personally, Canada Post is just as bad.

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  16. I love the snail pics, and I really wonder what type of mail the Hogwarts owls would really deliver if we had them? Probably more junk mail. We get tons in email and in real mail! It is undending! Anyway, I suppose we have to bear with them because it could always be worse. Mail overseas...if you actually get it in some places! I once had a letter from my Mom end up travelling to Nigeria (don't know why it went there) and then finally making its way to Jordan before I actually received it. And there were pics inside from my Mom, and someone who actually opened the letter and enjoyed viewing the pics, but amazingly enough it was all returned to me. So much for privacy! But at least it did arrive! Take care, Norma! And good luck with your mail!

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