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The US Postal Service

Tuesday, March 04, 2008
So I'm going to take a minute to actually rave about the United States Postal Service. Sometimes the scale and efficiency with which things are handled amazes me. It started when I put something in a mailbox in Salem at 4:30 PM and it arrived in Eugene by noon the next day.

That's incredible to think about.

In the span of 20-ish hours, this letter was picked up by the Post Office, sorted, put on a truck to Eugene, sorted again there, and then sent out for delivery and delivered. 20 HOURS. Sure, I could have just hand delivered it myself for about $15 in gas (round trip) and an hour and ten minutes each way, but I put a $.41 stamp on this envelope and the Post Office saved me a bunch of time and money.

I know I sound like a broken record, but to ship it via UPS or FedEx would have cost a lot more and not go much faster. That level of infrastructure just astounds me sometimes. It's cool.


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