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No More Saturday Mail? Thank God for That.

By Expatmum @tonihargis
So here in the USA, the US Postal Service is to stop delivering mail on Saturdays - starting in August. The fact that they have to give themselves six month to prepare for this gives you some idea of why they are running into problems in the first place really, doesn't it? And this e-mail malarkey? When did that happen? Who knew it would mean less things being sent snail-mail huh? Totally snuck up on them....
Anyway, I for one, am relieved. With the advent of that stealthy e-mail thing, I now only get bills, junk and other people's mail. Seriously - what's there to look forward to on any day? Most weeks I have to take at least three batches of mail to someone in the neighbo(u)rhood, so I'm seeing Saturday as my other day off from postal duties. If the person lives more than a few blocks away I just hand it back to the mail man. I don't have time to be covering his backside, and besides, it's too cold at the moment to be outside unless you have to. (One great thing about mail here in the US is that the mail carrier will take outgoing mail too! You don't have to wander round looking for a mail/letter box unless you want to.)
I have a great relationship now with the people in the next streets who have the same door number. We have a mutual understanding that if it looks like something important (including a bill, alas) we'll bring it round straight away, but anything junky can wait until we've built a pile up.
What people seem to have failed to grasp however is that the USPS isn't delivering first class mail on Saturdays. Hate to be a Debbie Downer here, but since all the junk is third class mail, and probably what the USPS makes most money from - it could still be winging its way to us of a Saturday.
We'll have to wait and see. This gripping story is still unfolding...
No More Saturday Mail? Thank god for that.

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