Saturday, December 1, 2012

I, for one, would miss the Post Office...

"The Post Office is really good at what it does, we just don’t need it.  No more than we need a good horse shoe, or small offset printing press (or newspaper, magazine or CRT monitor.)

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"The boomer generation will wax nostalgic about the post office.  We’ll weave in “mail” stories with others about days before ubiquitous air conditioning, when all we had was AM radio in the car and 3 stations of black & white television at home.  It will be fun to reminisce.
But our children, and certainly grandchildren, simply won’t care.  Not at all.  And we better remember to keep the stories short, so they can be related in 140 characters or less if we want them saved for posterity!"
~Forbes Magazine, "Why the Postal Service is Going Out of Business"

There's something to be said for receiving Christmas cards in the mail.  During most of the year, my mail box is filled with unwanted ads, even more unwanted bills, and the occasional notice from a vet or dentist office that's designed to look like a personal letter.  While I communicate constantly with friends and family through texting, email, and phone calls, none of this compares to the magic of holiday cards in the mail box once December hits.

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I love getting Christmas mail, and I love sending it.  Aside from the fun of actually designing and drawing my Christmas cards, I also look forward to dressing them in envelopes, sealing the flap with a Victorian Santa sticker, and completing the package with a Christmas stamp before I leave it in the care of one of those vanishing blue mail drop boxes--all very old-fashioned, I'm sure, but as much a part of the season to me as hot chocolate and wrapping presents.

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So say what you will about the irrelevancy of the post office, Forbes Magazine--I'll continue mailing Christmas greetings out of Sacramento to family and friends, whether they live in Lodi or Los Angeles--and unlike a fast easy text, although instantaneous, a personalized, individually created message that takes two days or more to reach its recipient is a true cup of cheer.

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