7+ Weeks To Send a Letter Across Town

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is not my friend. I’ve always ended up spending more of my time disappointed in them than satisfied with their performance.

I got a letter from Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA 10th)—nothing interesting, just a boring form letter. Representative Wolf’s office sent the letter on February 4, and USPS apparently processed it the same day. It had been addressed to my old address, so the USPS diligently identified that it needed to be forwarded and slapped a yellow forwarding sticker on it. The sticker had my correct new address, and the date of “2/4/10” up at the top right (the date the sticker was printed and affixed).

Well, I don’t know what happened to it from there. It arrived in my mailbox yesterday—3/26/2010. Yes, that’s more than seven weeks after it was sent . . . locally. It was also pretty crinkled.

Way to go, USPS!

Scott Bradford is a writer and technologist who has been putting his opinions online since 1995. He believes in three inviolable human rights: life, liberty, and property. He is a Catholic Christian who worships the trinitarian God described in the Nicene Creed. Scott is a husband, nerd, pet lover, and AMC/Jeep enthusiast with a B.S. degree in public administration from George Mason University.