Some Stuff From Yesterday

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First of all, I'm bummed that Obama didn't win the Pennsylvania Primaries, but the despair I feel about the future of my country is currently more diffuse than the anxiety I feel about certain other topics, so I won't dwell on it. The one thing I liked about yesterday's election was the "I Voted" sticker I got after voting. Sometimes they're really lame but this one was cool: it was big and square and had this parchment colored background, with a picture of the flag and the script of "We the People" from the preamble to the constitution. OK, it's not really all that important, but these days I'm grateful for small pleasures.

Next, did you know that you can ship live birds through the mail? I didn't, until I went to the post office yesterday and a guy was doing just that. If you scroll down on the PO's special handling page, you'll find instructions on how to do it. You can also send bees.

Finally, something else I learned at the post office yesterday: did you know that postage rates are going up again? A first-class letter will soon cost 42 cents. (I just noticed that there is no cents character on my keyboard.) So rush out and buy as many of those "forever" stamps as you can afford, though at least some of the new $.42 stamps are cool: there are some featuring the face of Martha Gellhorn, whom I totally dig and admire--her essay collection The Face of War is pretty damn amazing.

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Now I have the irrational fear that someone will take advantage of my MORE irrational fear of bees by mailing some to me. I bought a shitload of the forever stamps (because why NOT, really?), and now I'm wondering how many it would take to mail a parakeet.

Didn't the price of stamps just go up not very long ago? It seems like I just had to buy a bunch of those stupid 2 cent stamps (which I still have not used up, along with the stamps I bought the 2 cent-ers for). Sheesh. I'm disappointed Obama didn't win, but really, did anyone expect him to? I was just hoping for a closer margin of defeat.

I bought a shitload of the forever stamps (because why NOT, really?), and now I'm wondering how many it would take to mail a parakeet.

This gave me an image of a poor parakeet covered in those stamps, which made me laugh really hard. Thanks, LG.

Didn't the price of stamps just go up not very long ago?

It did, Rebecca. I have so many goofy stamps.... I used to send a lot of postcards, and then I stopped, so I have all these old postcard stamps that I use when I send something big enough to have about four inches covered in small denomination stamps.... it's very annoying.

I'm disappointed Obama didn't win, but really, did anyone expect him to?

Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention to the primary in my own state--I admit I was distracted by my own life and sort of felt since I was part of it, I didn't have to read up on it.... Not the soundest logic, I know. Anyway, I thought he could. I still think he'll get the nomination and beat McCain. We'll see if I'm the least bit right.

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