“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor the light of the moon…”


I’m rather sympathetic and quite supportive when it comes to the United States Postal Service (USPS) because my late father was a postal employee.

But even he grumbled about his employer, so I guess I can, too.

Look, I understand they’re busy, especially now. From a USPS news release:

The U.S. Postal Service will deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail this holiday season. In the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the Postal Service also expects to deliver 850 million packages, which is more than a 10 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

You’ll also be seeing delivery trucks on the roads on Sundays for the next several weeks.

Oh, they deliver. But I wish they would so before I finish dinner.

Last Saturday my mail was dropped off after 6:30. Monday night, it was 7:20.

I’m guessing, according to that same USPS news release that it could get even later.

With an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, there is no longer a “busiest day” for holiday shipping. Instead, the Postal Service’s busiest time is now two weeks before Christmas. Starting the week of Dec. 11, customer traffic is expected to increase, with the week of Dec. 18 – 24 predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping, and delivery week. During this week, nearly 3 billion pieces of First Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered. The Postal Service also expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week during these two weeks.

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