Going Postal

You may have read my dilemma about holiday cards.  Well, I decided to do them. 

They’re actually New Years’ cards.  Mostly because I got around to ordering them on the 7th night of Hanukkah and the way I procrastinate with my to-do list, I’d be lucky to get them out by Christmas.  I figured December 31st would be doable. 

I had about 15 stamps in my wallet, but needed more to finish off the pile of cards.  I scooped up Alexa and headed to the post office on Monday morning.  I dropped the previously-stamped cards down the chute and took my place in line with the other merry mailers.  When my turn finally came, I requested two books of Forever stamps from the nice man behind the counter.

“Are the stamps for these cards here?”  he asked. 

Ooh, I didn’t realize they would stamp my cards for me!  This must be a new service.

“Yes.” I replied with a smile.

“Well, then you need to get the 46 cent stamps because you have a square envelope and they cost more.”

ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?  THAT’S INSANE!  IT’S A STUPID SQUARE, NOT A GOLD-PLATED TREASURE CHEST!  WHY DIDN’T ANYONE NOTIFY ME OF THIS BEFORE I ORDERED THE CARDS?  FURTHERMORE, I JUST DUMPED MORE THAN A DOZEN OF THEM INTO THE DROP-BOX ABYSS!  WHAT DO I DO NOW?!?!?

I calmly informed the man of my dilemma.  He explained that the envelopes I already deposited will be returned to me within a week to 10 days.  I told him that I couldn’t wait that long and told him that I dropped them into the slot no more than 10 minutes ago.  Couldn’t I retrieve them somehow? 

He proceeded to open a door leading to the chaotic innards of the post office.  Standing before me was a large dumpster filled with cheery cards of all shapes and sizes. 

“Be my guest.” he said. 

I spent the next 15 minutes fishing my cards out of said container.  I’m pretty sure I got them all, but not 100 percent certain. 

Then I had to get back in line to buy the 46 cent stamps since I didn’t do it the first time.  I was so annoyed by the whole situation that I also forgot to get stamps to complement the ones that I retrieved. 

So… if you get a New Years’ card with a Forever stamp next to a 46 cent stamp, you’ll know why. 

And if you don’t get your card at all, it’s because I don’t know you it’s still in the dumpster. 

Yeah, that’s it.

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  1. Beth says:

    Sorry- I knew about the squares and would have warned you. Way to go USPS to make an extra buck!! Next time got a better idea for you- order stamps online at USPS.com- no matter how many you order it only costs $1 to deliver to your home and you never have to go postal again getting stamps. :0)

    • Dani says:

      Hi Beth. Totally have done the online thing before – will def do it next time. I had to do an errand next to the post office so I figured I’d get my cards in as quickly as possible!

  2. Jenn says:

    Oh my, I feel so bad for you…but that’s definitely funny :) Why do we like to laugh at each other’s pain?!

    I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog on my SITS day.

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