Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Zip a Dee Doo Dah
Can you believe it? It is July again. Seems only, oh, a year ago that it was July.
And what is it with Zippy? Well, and I know you will want to celebrate this major advancement in communications, the Zip Code system was introduced by the United States Postal Service on July 1, 1963.
I can remember a day in which the Post Office would deliver your mail if it was addressed to the right town (okay, if the town were not really big). Now they will not deliver your mail if the street number is one digit off the correct one. I can also remember when the carrier walked his route twice a day to see that your mail was delivered in a timely manner.
The Service makes rules even they cannot follow. I have a post office box, by choice-- I also have a valid street address. One of the rules, posted prominently, is that the clerk is prohibited from handing mail across the counter, "don't forget your key." Now stick with me. If you were to address a package to me, the size of which would preclude its being stuffed into my p.o box, the mail clerk will put a little orange note into my box, which I am to take to the clerk, who in turn will hand me the package over the counter. See what I am saying here?
Well, I guess I see the world through jaundiced eyes, and I am easily amused. I am so fortunate.
Oh, yes. I can also remember when a first-class letter could be mailed for three cents, and a postcard cost a penny. But then, you did know that I am pretty old.
(Also, I know the guy's name is Mr. Zip, but you will excuse me if I continue to refer to him as "Zippy.")