The Slow Death of an Institution


Say goodbye to weekend mail. This morning, the United States Postal Service announced that it would discontinue delivery of first class mail on Saturdays, beginning August 1 of this year. Honestly, I’m surprised it took this long. But I’m also a little sad that this institution is slowly dying. My mind has always been blown when I think about how I can drop something in a blue box and have it end up thousands of miles away within a few days, all for the price of a quarter (then 29¢, 32¢…well, almost half a dollar now). It has always seemed like the best bargain I could imagine. Maybe that’s why the USPS hasn’t turned a profit since the Pussycat Dolls were near the top of the charts. It probably won’t be long before we are only getting mail three days per week, so enjoy it while you can.

Related Seinfeld clip here.

UPDATE: Saturday mail is saved (for now).