I'm trying hard to remember when the Saturday mail delivery brought anything but bills and those bulk, pulp-paper ad-'n-clipper-coupon sections...
Nope. Too far back to recall.
Frankly, a one-day-per-week delivery schedule --Tuesday, perhaps; it's usually a pretty bland day anyway-- would suffice for my needs.
Think about it, Postal Service.
-- Earl Merkel
(POSTSCRIPT COMMENTARY, via Facebook: My bit o' fluff aside here seemed to tap a deep vein of either postal-resentment or postal nostalgia --oddly, sometimes both-- which I share below.)
FAITHFUL READER LES: "Nothing in my Saturday mail but bills, or word of some problem that can't be fixed until Monday, or notice of a 50-percent-off sale "one day only" -- the previous day."
FAITHFUL READER MORGAN: "Between all the holidays they take and this, they'll only be delivering an average of 3 days a week now I think."
FAITHFUL READER RICH: "I want my recycling bin designated a "US Postmaster Approved Mail Recepticle." Cut out the middle man."
FAITHFUL READER DENNIS: "At one time IRS refund checks were delivered on Saturdays, but that was back when we got refunds."
EM RESPONSE TO Dennis: My own correspondence with aforementioned agency has seldom involved that directional flow of checks. Again, not within recallable memory.
BTW, current estimates state that the Postal Service loses $25 million each day. Ahem: I'd like to reiterate my "one-day-per-week" delivery suggestion again, Mr. Mailman. Perhaps "deliver de letter, de sooner de better" is no longer all that essential, eh?
FAITHFUL READER MJ: "I had a run-in some years ago in WY with the Post Office regarding their incompetence and was unable to access the mail in my PO Box. I asked them how I could get my mail and they had no way for me to resolve it - were in fact rude and unyielding. I said fine, and said I WOULD take care of it. I called my Congresswoman, and SHE resolved it for me. One tidbit I found interesting is - the USPS has all the protections of a .gov enitity, but they are in fact a private institution, empowered by the .gov with what amounts to a monopoly.Congress's ability to control them is, in fact, limited. I heard this directly from my congresscritter.Before they gave me my mail the postmistress called me into her office and gave me what for for calling my representative. She got about two sentences out before I broke in and asked her just who the hell she thought she was talking to me like I was the child and she the principal? I then gave her a piece of my mind (a tiny piece, all I can afford). Basically they have COngressional oversight, but do whatever the hell they want. Just so you know."
EM RESPONSE TO MJ: A confession: at one point in my checkered career --when I actually charged for the advice I oft provide youse Faithful Readers for free, now-- the Postal Service was a client for a while.
I did a seminar on Effective Communications (of all things!) and likely ensured a lifetime "stop" on my mail with the opening comment "Of course, I don't have to tell any of you how to get a message from Point A to Point B. But somebody should."
In retaliation, the price of stamps went up the next week.
FAITHFUL READER MJ (again): "BTW, I TRIED to break it into paragraphs, but apparently FB doesn't believe in them. I tried just using the space bar also - silly me."
EM RESPONSE TO MJ: IMHO, FB sincerely enjoys making comment'rs sound like a reclusive domestic-terrorist who lives in the Deep Woods. It's not a bug, it's a benefit.
Not that you did, MJ; perish the thought, sir...