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Old 02-07-2013, 10:18 PM   #41
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is it only me that thinks it's pretty incredible to put a few pages in an envelope, scribble someone's name and roughly approximate address on it, and it'll travel thousands of miles to get to that person's house within a week or two for about the cost of about a cup of water?
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:28 PM   #42
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is it only me that thinks it's pretty incredible to put a few pages in an envelope, scribble someone's name and roughly approximate address on it, and it'll travel thousands of miles to get to that person's house within a week or two for about the cost of about a cup of water?
Nope, it's not only you. I find that a pretty amazing feat as well.

I found the postal service to actually be faster and more reliable this holiday season than UPS, believe it or not.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:30 PM   #43
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is it only me that thinks it's pretty incredible to put a few pages in an envelope, scribble someone's name and roughly approximate address on it, and it'll travel thousands of miles to get to that person's house within a week or two for about the cost of about a cup of water?
We've gotten mail addressed to "Uncle DH and Aunt Dawg "(pseudonyms), no last name, no street address, in our town, in our state. Got a Christmas card addressed as such just this year. I have no idea how we got it. From our grown nieces, who now are also school teachers, though they started sending them that way while they were in high school. Our mail service here is exceptional, even though we're rural.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #44
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i wish you guys could see the usps motto inscribed in stone over the nyc post office on 8th avenue and 31/33rd streets. it's an impressive sight, much like the lions in front of the nyc library.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:58 PM   #45
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i wish you guys could see the usps motto inscribed in stone over the nyc post office on 8th avenue and 31/33rd streets. it's an impressive sight, much like the lions in front of the nyc library.
Impressive indeed. I see it all the time when I emerge from Penn Station.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:37 AM   #46
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The Postal Service is freaking amazing. They hand deliver your letters thousands of miles away in only a few days and for less than .50!!!
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:13 AM   #47
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‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night….

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“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”. The above quotation is from Herodotus, and is inscribed around the pediment of the New York Post Office building on 8th Avenue, between West 31st and West 33rd Streets, which was erected in 1912.



This imposing piece of architecture, known as the James A Farley Post Office Building, is in Beaux Arts style, and is significant enough to have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, the inscription on the building is not, as some suppose it to be, the ‘Post Office oath’ or ‘the Post Office motto’ (the Post Office has neither), it is, actually, a line from the ancient Greek historian Herodotus (c.484 BCE – c.430 BCE), and he was making a comment about a service of mounted couriers, employed by the Persian state under their ruler, Cyrus the Great (c.576 BCE – 530 BCE). The quotation was selected by Mitchell Kendal of the architectural practice McKim Mead and White, who designed the New York Post Office Building.
Back in 1787, the fledgling Republic of the United States of America realized that a collection of small states, strung out along the Eastern Seaboard of the continent of North America, needed strong communications if it was to survive. Under a provision in Article One of the United States Constitution, the Federal Government was authorized to establish a postal system, and designate post roads (indeed, I live not too far from the old Boston Post Road, which linked Boston and New York). The very first Postmaster General of the United States was no less than Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) one of the Founding Fathers of the American Revolution, who had been a postmaster under the British colonial authorities. Until 1971, the Postmaster General was a Cabinet-level position but a re-organization meant that the USPS still remained a Government agency, but had no political role. Until that time, believe it or not, the Postmaster General was ’last in line of succession’ to the Presidency of the United States, should a ‘mass extinction event’ occur involving the President, Vice-President and every other Cabinet member!
Present-day America still needs postal ’delivery to the door’. For the disadvantaged, the poor, or those in remote areas, the US Government must rely on the US Mail (and its 596,000 employees and fleet of nearly 218,000 vehicles of various types) to deliver official notices, voting data, etc. The private delivery services, such as UPS and FedEx, have a growing slice of the US ‘home delivery’ market, but despite this and the financial difficulties it has, the USPS remains a vital organ of the US Government.
Here we can see one of those dedicated mail carriers, bringing in the mail to our condominium building in Massachusetts during a blizzard. It is good to know that the mailman still gets through!

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Old 02-08-2013, 06:36 PM   #48
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I agree Alix...that is wonderful that you guys in the US received mail 6 days a week!

We only get mail delivered Monday to Friday here in Oz

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I hope you appreciate how spoiled you are with your mail service. Canada Post is nowhere near the level of service you receive. You get mail on the weekend? Really?
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:38 PM   #49
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kylie, alix is from canada, not the u.s..

to quote robin williams, she lives in the "loft apartment above the really great party"...



(now i'm going to get a crate full of geese in the mail, aren't i?)
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:41 PM   #50
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I thought Kylie was agreeing with Alix's earlier post, that we here in the US are spoiled to be getting our mail six days a week.
Or maybe she doesn't know Alix lives in the Great White North...
I guess it can be read both ways
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