Yesterday we met our friend Randy for brunch, which was lovely, and on the way to the restaurant we stopped off to collect the post from our P.O. box. The post office we use is in the middle of town which makes it really convenient to nip in, and it's been there serving the town for decades. I noticed the other day that the serving hatch on the far right-hand side has a sign on it which says "U.S. Saving Bonds. War Stamps", which is obviously a left over from World War II. It's like stepping into a Jimmy Stewart movie, and I for one love that.
As we went in yesterday we saw a notice on the front door saying that the US Postal Service is planning to sell the building, and inviting comments from the public. My comment would be something along the lines of "Noooooooooooooooooooooo!", and not only because I have given out that postal address to everyone in the pleasantly smug comfort of knowing it wouldn't change when we moved house.
Maybe it's because I've come from the UK where the shutting of regional post offices is proving to be a massive and irreversible mistake, certainly it's saving the Royal Mail some money but at a potentially greater cost of making their services less available and convenient to their customers. When you consider that the boom in eBay, Etsy and other public on-line market places means that people are actually using the post more, that penny pinching doesn't really seem to make any sense.
Gah! It's so annoying!