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Friday, July 27, 2012

Bloggers Block

It happens.  You get home and you just don't feel it.  The inspiration to blog.  Sue reminds me while I am feasting on an Elios pizza with extra cheddar cheese.  I can't think as it is nearly 10pm, and Malcolm in the middle season 4 has me in a trance.

Anyway, a 4.5 mile personal best was put in, and when I got back home, I decided to login for work while I cool down.  Let's just say that due to issues at work, and subsequent meetings, I did not get to shower until several hours later.

After making it into the office, the day did not get better for me....perhaps this has sapped my inspiration.

This day in history "On this day in 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Franklin (1706-1790) put in place the foundation for many aspects of today's mail system. During early colonial times in the 1600s, few American colonists needed to send mail to each other; it was more likely that their correspondence was with letter writers in Britain. Mail deliveries from across the Atlantic were sporadic and could take many months to arrive. There were no post offices in the colonies, so mail was typically left at inns and taverns. In 1753, Benjamin Franklin, who had been postmaster of Philadelphia, became one of two joint postmasters general for the colonies. He made numerous improvements to the mail system, including setting up new, more efficient colonial routes and cutting delivery time in half between Philadelphia and New York by having the weekly mail wagon travel both day and night via relay teams. Franklin also debuted the first rate chart, which standardized delivery costs based on distance and weight. In 1774, the British fired Franklin from his postmaster job because of his revolutionary activities. However, the following year, he was appointed postmaster general of the United Colonies by the Continental Congress. Franklin held the job until late in 1776, when he was sent to France as a diplomat. He left a vastly improved mail system, with routes from Florida to Maine and regular service between the colonies and Britain. President George Washington appointed Samuel Osgood, a former Massachusetts congressman, as the first postmaster general of the American nation under the new U.S. constitution in 1789. At the time, there were approximately 75 post offices in the country."


Well, there you have it.  The postal system.  Sometimes work makes me want to go postal.

All kidding aside, with email, txt, and fax (does anyone fax anymore), the postal service is hurting.  UPS, and Fedex have carved their way into the "postal" business leaving the USPS in dire straits.  When was the last time you wrote a letter ?  The more we go paperless, the smaller the postal presence will be.

Got a new battery and power supply for the old IBM Lenovo T61 and its as good as new.  Who can afford a new laptop these days.

Photo of the day "Bloggers Block"

P.S. We tried one of those funny yellow melons.  Delicious.  Looks like honeydew, tastes like cantaloupe.   I was hoping it wouldn't taste like "chicken"....hehe

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