Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
"If your head is wax, don’t walk in the sun."
I wrote that as a smart-aleck 24 year-old
Now that I’m more than 300 years-old, it’s not so funny since I’m the bald one.
Here’s a picture of one of our finest, Seattle P&DC Mailhandler John Rochelle. He and and I and thousands of others actually "have fun in the sun," despite my previous folly.
Do you have any coworkers who are like me, with “a head of wax” -- and proud of it! Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
A smarty-pants reader sent in this quiz:
Who was the first Postmaster General of the United States?
Return J. Meigs
According to this reader, George Washington appointed Samuel Osgood on September 26, 1789, making him the first. But "not so fast," says Jennifer Lynch who serves as a research analyst in the USPS Historian's office.
She quotes Publication 100, the history of the Postal Service.
"Benjamin Franklin served as Postmaster General until November 7, 1776. He was in office when the Declaration of Independence created the United States in July 1776, making Franklin the first Postmaster General of the United States. America’s present Postal Service descends from the system Franklin placed in operation."
She also said, "Samuel Osgood was the first appointed under the U.S. Constitution, which, according to the Library of Congress' website, established the U.S. government as it exists today, so some might argue that this makes him the first U.S. Postmaster General."
I think our reader is just trying to make me look bad. After all, I did all the hard work. It took us a few years to write the constitution after we declared our independence, but we were still a nation and I was the Postmaster General.
What are your thoughts?
Friday, May 23, 2008
In a ceremony earlier this week, he received his medal thanks to some perserverance by his postal supervisor and help from Congressman Sam Graves.
A big Benny salute to Mr. Teat and all the other USPS veterans who have defended this great nation. Your sacrifices are proof that that what we did 232 years ago was worth it. America - an enduring beacon of hope. Best Memorial Day wishes to all.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
"Maybe it's time for all the parties (NALC and USPS) to come together and just call it the USPS food drive. In our local paper today it said the 'letter carriers …' This drive involves many rural carriers, clerks, Postmasters, and other USPS employees. Maybe it’s time for all us to come together and drop labels for the common good."
I remember reading Shakespeare as a lad, squinting at those words illuminated by candlelight deep into the night. In Romeo and Juliet, he wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet."
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
It was a long winter and the rural route vehicles wore dirt like battle wounds. Now, he could have complained about them, instead Postmaster Stan Johnson took a sponge and a bucket and did the duty himself. That's my kind of leader.
"I appreciate the way they did their job. There was snow everywhere," he said. "We had boxes down and weather problems for a long time. And they delivered the mail every day."
Next time, Johnson hints that he might clean the inside of the rural carrier vehicles.
Ol' Benny doesn't have a vehicle -- they took away my license when I turned 142, but I do have a couple of mares than need brushing. What do you think, Johnson? You up for that?
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Even the Post Office is wading into the water. This lobby display case has a eerie looking replica of a King named "Uncle Salmon." He's "hooked on Kenai," and is promoting Priority and Express Mail with mail addressed to "Small Fry -- somewhere in the
Thank goodness there's no Delivery Confirmation on this!
Photo courtesy of Mark Daly
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
So, dear reader, who’s got the better eyes? Your friend Benny or this Franky-come-lately?
Want a voice in this? Take the poll on the right side of this blog.
Customs agents seized more than two dozen giant beetles , some the size of a child's hand , from an overseas package after Mohnton, PA, employees heard the insects making scratching noises from inside a parcel.
Read the full story here.
What's the strangest thing you've seen come through the mail? Tell me at email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
That $100 dollar bill is a favorite of mine. But I’m not sure I like the enhanced lines on my face – it makes me feel old just looking at it!
Someday, ole Benny will get his own link for a contest. But for now, give up for Frankie!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
"How much are ten, 1 cent stamps?"
"Didn't prices just go up?"
"Did you get a raise?"
"How long are these Forever Stamps good for?"
There were many, many questions yesterday. They will probably continue all week. Price changes are never easy, but hopefully this year the Forever Stamp helped a little.
Here, Spokane's Shadle Garland Station APWU Clerk Craft Director Jeff Hedspeth helps a customer with stamp selection.
What will you remember about this week?
After all, it's a New Era for the Postal Service!
Judy wrote and said this:
"It was very busy at the Post Office in Walnut Grove MN. People were buying 1 cent stamps and asking about the Forever stamp value. Adjusting to the new rates is always a challenge for our customers as well as postal employees. The Forever stamps made the transistion much easier."
Photo: Lisa Nystuen
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Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Personally, I like the volume discount for Priority Mail. I have all kinds of inventions and prototypes taking up space in my basement. Maybe I’ll put them up for auction.
I need to mail some things to some of the old crew -- maybe some words of wisdom on a postcard – that will cost me 27 cents.
What are you hearing on the new prices?
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Your Postal Blog operates on the notion that, sometimes, postal employees just need a good laugh. So, here's a prime online place to do just that. Your Postal Blog is a great place to share the stuff that didn't quite make it into your local news media or USPS newsletter. It's also a haven to share your fun postal experiences, quips and quotes, anecdotes, and whatever else catches your fancy. (All we ask is that your be considerate of others: No flaming. No shaming. And no posting of other folks' news without their permission.)
Each post has a "comment" option and we welcome your feedback. Just click on it and choose "name" or "anonymous." And send us your ideas or suggestions by clicking here. Let the blogging begin!
Monday, May 5, 2008
This wild turkey decided to find a new roost inside the Omaha P&DC last week.
While the dock door was open, the bird flew in. Watch this short clip and listen to the hilarious comments.
The turkey then decided to take flight inside the sorting equipment, creating quite a fuss.
He eventually flew out on his own.
(Video courtesy of Kraston Scott)