The U.S. Postal Service is changing quickly in the Internet Age. For one thing, they’re delivering a whole lot more packages these days than ever before. For me, a trip to the Post Office to check my box about twice a week would be fine — but noooooo, that’s not good enough. Because if they have a package for me which they’re holding behind the counter (as they do) they want me to pick it up right away, chop-chop! If the package has been there more than about two days, I get a notice in my box which I find to be obnoxious, saying that they’re going to send the package back if I don’t hurry up.

So I’ve been trying to avoid their wrath and avoid losing my packages for the crime of not checking the box in 2 or 3 days, and it hasn’t been easy. I don’t really want to haunt the Post Office almost every day, and I don’t need to. This system strikes me as ridiculously outdated; thousands of people must be doing this. I wonder how much gasoline gets used. Surely there must be a better way, I brooded to myself.

Then one wonderful day, I get an email from the U.S. Postal Service. It tells me that I can sign to get an email every business day with a scan of each piece of mail which is in my box, and a notice of any packages. Instead of having to drive to that brick building and see for myself what’s in my box — often nothing — I know ahead of time whether it’s worthwhile to make the stop. Bingo! The Post Office goes from 1988 to 2018 in one day!

I signed up, and so far it’s lovely. I don’t mind getting one more email five days a week, because my email is not out-of-control, as I explained in another recent post. And I can always unsubscribe. Nice work, U.S. Postal Service!