You’ve Got Mail (Except on Saturdays)

United States Postal Service

So the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced today they are cutting Saturday delivery.  This will save something in the neighborhood of $2 billion a year; we won’t get into here the why and how the USPS got into the financial predicament they are in.  Nor will we mention much that the U.S. Constitution decrees that we have a postal service (whoops, sorry, just did that).

No, I’ll lament for a moment on how I still love to actually get mail.  Wait; yesterday I definitely didn’t like getting mail as one letter was a collection notice and another was yet another bill I’m having difficulty paying off.  Most days there’s still a little bit of anticipation wondering what will be in my mail slot.  Still, to this day.

See, when I was a kid the mail was special.  Every month I would get the new book from the Parents Magazine Press book of the month program.  After moving to NY from CA it became the main way I communicated regularly with my dad (this back when it was a huge deal to call long distance, made even a bigger deal when you live with your grandmother).  For years our regular mailman was my sounding board and heard the latest news about whatever grade I was in.  Many days it was the most normal moment and conversation of my day.  And I thought it was so cool to see the dual steering wheel and pedal set-up in his Dodge/Plymouth truck.  Prior to moving to NY I actually collected stamps and was thrilled to get international stamp sets or the special, collectible NASA/Skylab set.

I was so into getting mail I used to call 1-800 number from TV commercials to get the free info about various products and companies.  I really didn’t have any answer when my grandmother asked why I got a brochure from Craftmatic Adjustable Beds, DeVry or Control Data Institute.

The mail instilled a life-long love affair with magazines as various birthdays in my teens got me subscriptions to Motor Trend and Sport magazines.  And don’t get me started on the record clubs – 10 albums for a PENNY!?!

Every day was a little adventure thanks to the U.S. Mail.

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