Monday, July 10, 2006

Pardon my Venting....

How many of you receive your identity from the picture on the stamp you put on your envelopes???? Raise your hands right now, dammit!

Today I am at the post office waiting in line (that's why you go - just to wait in line - I didn't even need anything. I just was in the mood to stand in line with an impatient 9 year old who complained the entire time that his back hurt. It was so fun, I may go back).

One person in front of me waited until she got up the front of the line to fill out anything for her certified letters. Geez, she'd only been on this earth for at least 62 years. Obviously, she was a certified virgin.

Then the lady in front of me gets up to the postal worker and has to SEE every freakin' stamp for sale. She was "tired of the flags, what else is there?" When the postal worker answered in his monotone voice, "vegetables" the lady actually needed to see the vegetables to know if that's what she wanted! What? Are we afraid that if we sent out a pic of a yam and you don't like yams, it will effect the rest of your life???

If my life ever gets that bad that I have to care about the pictures on my stamps, please put me out of my misery.


  • Good god. *rolls eyes* Although part of me can't wait to hit that time in my life when the big decision of my day is whether or not I want to buy stamps that have pictures of flags or vegetables on them.

    By Anonymous mamatulip, at 7/10/2006 1:02 PM  

  • DebbieGoesPostal--I love it!

    You must expect when you go to the Post Office that it will be a long, slow journey. A journey with no beautiful scenery or chirping birds, just a long line of people shifting uncomfortably and the sound of exasperated sighs. The best thing you can do is act like you're having a good time--just to freak out everyone else.
    Or go to that small town to the west of you where the Post Office has smaller lines.

    By Anonymous Tank, at 7/10/2006 1:37 PM  

  • While I don't, uh, "receive my identity" from my stamps, I do care what stamps I use. I will raise my hand and proclaim myself a stamp nerd.

    However, I check out what I want on the website first, so I know what I want when I get there.

    Maybe you should get a little postage machine for your house if you hate the PO so much - it might save you some stress. They have ones now where you can print out the postage on your home printer.

    By Blogger Mrs. Harridan, at 7/10/2006 2:17 PM  

  • LOL! See, that's how you know you are NOT really old because old people, they really get into that stamp shit. (grin)

    By Blogger Crazy MomCat, at 7/10/2006 4:21 PM  

  • I'm sorry to laugh at your frustration, but damn that was funny.

    The husband of a friend of mine was TRAPPED in the post office for TWO HOURS. Some little old lady threatened to kill the clerk, so they put the place in lockdown.

    By Anonymous mothergoosemouse, at 7/10/2006 5:31 PM  

  • Ya know, as a recent bulk buyer of stamps, I have to say the boring flag ones (we have those up here too) didn't excite me enough to put on my wedding invitations and the gazillion thank you cards I wrote, I was super happy to find ones with bee balm on them. Guess I'm a stamp nerd too. Somehow the big ole "flag with a wind turbine" ones just don't say "come to my wedding!" But, if the line were long I'd pick fast.

    By Blogger Heather, at 7/10/2006 7:35 PM  

  • I lie to buy stamps, but I go online, or to a postal store. I like using a stamp that people may notice.

    By Blogger Dan, at 7/10/2006 8:45 PM  

  • *taps the microphone*

    Hello, my name is Candy.

    (Hello, Candy.)

    I am a stamp nerd. My last stamp purchase was Wednesday, July 5. I purchased yellow ones with doves on them. And I also purchased some black ones with necklaces on them in an unknown denomination to add to the $0.33 I have in the house.

    I should also add that I pay almost all my bills on-line and haven't actually mailed anything with those stamps. I have them.

    By Anonymous candy, at 7/10/2006 9:11 PM  

  • It's interesting to see how, as people get old, the everyday stuff looms larger than life for them. My grandmother used to schedule an entire day around WASHING HER HAIR. Go figure.

    By Blogger wordgirl, at 7/10/2006 10:02 PM  

  • Hahahaa.

    Well, in her defense, I am a stamp collector, and I do like to peruse the stamp options meself. But I usually save everyone else the aggravation and look online first.

    By Blogger teahouse, at 7/10/2006 10:16 PM  

  • Ohh, that had me laughing. It sounds so much like what I THINK when I have similar experiences!

    By Blogger Renee, at 7/10/2006 11:22 PM  

  • Let me just raise my hand and say it: The stamps MATTER.

    In PR speak, they're part of your "communications package."

    When I worked for a publishing company and we were hiring people, we looked at the envelopes as well as the resumes because a sloppily addressed envelope or a Loony Tunes stamp said something about the person on the other end (and what it said was, "Not meant to be an editor here!")

    Buying my stamps through a military post office, I have to suffer with a limited selection. So people, please know that if you get a letter from me with a Winter Olympics stamp on it, I too think it's wrong and suffer deep shame and regret. ;)

    By Anonymous V-Grrrl, at 7/11/2006 7:24 AM  

  • I buy Christmas stamps to mail my holiday cards and I buy birthday stamps to mail birthday cards. I don't stand in line to look at them, though, so I get points for planning ahead.

    By Blogger Trish, at 7/11/2006 4:15 PM  

  • I don't think I've ever even though about what stamps I use, except maybe at Christmas. I buy a hundred stamps at a time and hope they last 8 or 9 months, so I don't have to do it again.

    By Blogger Wendy, at 7/11/2006 5:42 PM  

  • Wow, there are a lot of stamp nerds. It's like some cult, hidden in plain view! :-> I don't care about stamps myself, but even if I did I wouldn't ask to see every single one when there were people in line - I have a horror of making people wait.

    By Blogger Mommygoth, at 7/11/2006 9:44 PM  

  • Every time I go in that frickin' place, it's a half an hour--just stepping in the door costs me a half an hour out of my life--and it's PRECISELY because of dolts like the person you just described!

    By Blogger Arabella, at 7/12/2006 9:12 AM  

  • I'm not at Blogger anymore. Click my name for the new place.

    By Anonymous wordgirl, at 7/12/2006 10:13 AM  

  • I just noticed I have the veggie stamps. And I do like them quite a bit more than the boring old flags. And then I got a life...

    By Blogger Mignon, at 7/12/2006 5:41 PM  

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