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My daughter decided she wanted another book for Christmas. 

I needed to get it out today.

It was wrapped and put in a USPS "Flat Rate" "Priority Mail" box.

I went to the small local post office to mail it.  They are less busy and faster.

They were closed.  The sign said, "Closed.  Too busy.  Catching up."  Hmmm...

So I went to the large regional office nearby.  They have lots of representatives - it should go quick.

Finding a parking space was difficult.  After parking, I saw that here were people spilling out of the building and into the parking lot.

I went inside anyway.  There is a machine at the door, "Take a number."

Mine said 258.

They were serving 161.

There were three reps serving all those people.

I left.

I went to another place where I have an account.

The name rhymes with "Phedex."

They accepted my "Priority Mail" package!  I sent it ground.

It will get there one day quicker.

It was $4 cheaper than the USPS "Flat Rate" box.

I was in there 5 minutes, max.


I can hardly wait until they do health care...

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


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  1. Edward Wadsworth 12/27/2008 10:17 PM
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Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

"Closed" "Too Busy" "Catching Up".  I love it.  I wish I could hang that sign up some days.  Isn't it crazy - thanks for the heads up I need to send something tomorrow.  I may just bypass the post office completely.

Dec 18, 2008 12:05 PM #1
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

What a good idea. I have 10 big enveloped to mail out and just today I was planning my strategy. Thanks.

Dec 18, 2008 12:06 PM #2
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Agent - Rebecca Skane, Realtor®, e-PRO®
Keller Williams Coastal Realty - Portsmouth, NH

That was a riot, loved your last line and oh so poignant.

Dec 18, 2008 12:14 PM #3
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Stacey-Ann - I'll bet Santa never has such a sign...  you should pass them up for a host of reasons.

Ellie - it will be worth every saved minute.

Rebecca - poignant yes!

Dec 18, 2008 12:18 PM #4
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate

And when they nationalize the auto industry and then you drive off the lot only to realize that you have no brakes!

Dec 18, 2008 12:21 PM #5
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Brian - I fear that throwing all this money around will have no brakes.  It's MY money!

Dec 18, 2008 12:22 PM #6
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Good for you for not giving up and finding a much better solution.  Many Realtors need to keep that philosophy in mind in regards to the challenged times and work.

Dec 18, 2008 01:09 PM #7
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Connie - I had today!  That was it!  Apparently so did all those other people in line!  I don't like lines!

Dec 18, 2008 01:11 PM #8
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I had the same experience this week.. walked into the local "shipping place", was first in line, and walked out in less than five minutes while the post office had a line out the door!

Dec 18, 2008 01:20 PM #9
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Silvia - why don't more take that hint?

Dec 18, 2008 01:36 PM #10
Katrin G
Succeed With Design - Bonaire, GA

Love your last line!  I used that other company the other day - that brown one - cheaper and quicker - and no line. Cannot beat that!  Thanks for the post - and especially the precise number count at USPS - made my jaw drop!

Dec 18, 2008 02:03 PM #11
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Congratulations on getting it done! I can't even imagine being employed by the USPS during the Holidays- they just don't have enough staff to cover the busy season - they must be exhauted by the end of the day, especially working with all the crabby people that have stood in their long lines!

Dec 18, 2008 02:16 PM #12

Katrin - I know!  Pick a number?!  I could have left, gotten a pizza, gotten a slurpee, gotten a, gotten a - came back and still my number wouldn't be up...  it's the cheaper, quicker that is most relevant. 

Mary - I can't either!  No crabby people at Phedex though...

Dec 18, 2008 09:59 PM #13
Brian & Marie Spray - Action Realty Group - Frisco, TX
Frisco TX Realtors

We avoid the Post office like the plague!  Even on regular non holiday times there's a line and just when it looks like its going to be your turn that counter guy goes on break!  I love the brown truck guys - I print my shipping label at home, pay online and just drop off my box at a local storefront!  I know the guy there by name!  re: healthcare - a well known businessman died in the emergency room at the govt hospital in Dallas a few months ago waiting 19 hours to be seen!!! (google herrera death parkland)  Govt. healthcare - give me a break! (oh wait - I might need a doctor if anything breaks!)

Dec 23, 2008 09:08 AM #14
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