One of my least favorite places to go to at this time of the year is the United States Post Office. And, more specifically, the Ocean Beach Post Office. Those of you living in the area probably know what I mean without any explanation. Because I am getting orders for my cookbook for holiday gifts, I seem to be spending a great deal of time at the OB Post Office. And…I seem to be spending a great deal of time STANDING IN LINE at this same post office.
It doesn’t seem to matter what time of the day I go to mail my packages. On Monday I went at 4:00pm. I stood in line for 12 minutes waiting to see a postal employee. Why did I stand in line for so long? Because, dear reader, there were 16 people in line and only two windows open. And it seemed that everyone had a number of packages to be sent, or an extraordinary amount of money orders to be purchased.
On Tuesday I went to the post office at 2:00pm. I only stood in line 11 minutes this time. There were, again, only two window’s opened and only 9 people in line. It was interesting to note that another employee opened up a window – don’t think “third” – because one of the other workers closed her window. Break time?
On Wednesday I returned to the post office at 10:15am. I won’t bore you with the facts, but the same situation prevailed – two windows and lots of people in line. Fourteen minutes in line.
Thursday I did not have to go to the post office. Hooray!
But today, Friday, I had another book to send. I arrived there at 9:42am. There were five people ahead of me; and guess what? There was only ONE window open. (By the time I left at 10:06am – there were 14 people in line and one window still open.)
But here is another factor that has me disturbed. For the past few weeks I have been trying to buy Chanukah stamps. I have always bought them for sending out Chanukah cards. Guess what? The post office doesn’t have them YET. They are still coming, I am told, and fortunately Chanukah doesn’t start until December 24th this year. But why are there other religious stamps available and not the Chanukah stamps? Hmmm.
And how about this? I decided rather than go to the post office to put $2.61 cent stamps on my book every day, I would buy dollar stamps and mail them myself. But Dale, the postal employee I was working with, apologetically, told me they were out of $1.00 stamps. In fact, they were also out of $1.15 stamps.
Bah Humbug! And the season is just starting!