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And you thought the U.S. postal service was bad?

And you thought the U.S. postal service was bad?

Aug 13th, 2008, 06:04 AM
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At least you can finally stop worrying about when it will arrive
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Aug 13th, 2008, 06:57 AM
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The Post Office may not be to blame. Hand written addresses are often not only incorrect but illegible. Every Polish PO has a display showing the way to inscribe addresses. I machine print mine, affix it to the card or envelope and then cover it with clear tape. Optical readers are in use and they do well with machine printing. Few schools teach manuscript or cursive writing. Yes, I've arrived home with post cards in my bag.....
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Aug 13th, 2008, 07:06 AM
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>>You expected to give a postcard to the hotel the night before you left Paris and have it arrive in the US before you did?<<

No, Ira, I didn't expect it to arrive before I got home. I'm sure I asked my son a week or so later if he received it and, although I don't remember everything from four years ago, I probably asked him a few more times before forgetting about it.

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Aug 13th, 2008, 08:15 AM
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Postcards that Iíve sent from Europe to California seem to get here surprisingly fast. Packages on the other hand can take a long time.
But I have nothing but praise for the U.S. postal service. I have been mailing letters since the time I could pen a thank you note and canít recall one ever being lost in the mail.

My brother mailed a package to me with handwriting that would only a graphologist could decipher. He got the numbers of my address right but not the street name, his aís looked like oís, and he e put St. instead of Ct, the zip code was correct though. (wonder of wonders).

By the time I received it, it had been bounced around to a different post office before it came back to me. I use both my married name and my maiden name, so our mail carrier recognized the last name from his return address label. Thank God for printed address labels, I would have never seen my favorite watch again.
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Aug 13th, 2008, 09:12 AM
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Postcards my sister sent us while she and my BIL were traveling through the backroads of India reached us within a week of mailing; but from the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, it took three weeks. Go figure.

But on a recent Sunday, I put in a large special order of pre-coloured, composite deck wood at the Home Depot that I was told would take a minimum of 10 days to be shipped in from the manufacturer, possibly longer. Imagine my surprise when I received a call 3 days later to say that my order was in and ready for delivery.. Now thats a miracle !

Well, not quite.
In their haste to bowl me over with surprise I'm guessing, the fates loaded 2 pallets of varying coloured wood colours its still taking forever for the manufacture to figure out what went wrong before I can accept the order - now more than 10 days later.
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