What I'm Seeing Now


To Mail or Not to Mail...

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...

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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


Comment balloon 14 commentsJay Markanich • December 18 2008 08:01PM


"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.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 11 years ago

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

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 11 years ago

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

Posted by Portsmouth NH Real Estate Agent - Rebecca Skane, Realtor®, e-PRO® (Keller Williams Coastal Realty) over 11 years ago

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!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 11 years ago

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

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 11 years ago

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

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 11 years ago

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.

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

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

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 11 years ago

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!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 11 years ago

Silvia - why don't more take that hint?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 11 years ago

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!

Posted by Katrin G (Succeed With Design) over 11 years ago

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!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 11 years ago

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...

Posted by Anonymous over 11 years ago

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!)

Posted by Brian & Marie Spray, Frisco TX Realtors (www.DFWAreaRealtors.com - Action Realty Group) over 11 years ago

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