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SoCS – Some Things Don’t ‘ad’ Up

Even in the midst of the craziness that is NaNoWriMo, Linda still finds time to drop in and leave us a prompt for our Saturday ritual of stream of consciousness writing. This should be easy considering I am writing my entire Nano novel in that style. Linda has upped the ante with this prompt this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “flyer/ad.” Look at the latest ad you got in the mail (if it’s a store flyer, choose the product right in the middle of the page) or choose the next online ad you find, and theme your post on whatever the product is. Do not name the brand if you hate it, unless you add that it’s an opinion/review of the product in question. You don’t want to chance getting sued. Have fun!


We went to our friends’ family art show/sale this evening.  We picked up the mail when we came home which is later than normal. As I looked through the mail, I saw only one ad. For the U.S. Postal Service. I guess competition this time of year is tough.

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It’s funny because I just mailed three LEGO advent calendars to three of our grandchildren. The cost to mail them was the equivalent of the cost of one of the advent calendars.

I remember when the post office did not need to advertise. They were about the only option available to we ‘common folk’. The mail carriers were important to life and communication. We always knew our mail carriers by name.

Both my parents were mail carriers when we lived in Ohio. Everyone knew them, too. My dad had a truck route and my mom had a foot route. Sometimes my dad worked on the weekend doing collection service from the mailboxes around town. Remember how easy mailboxes were to find? There was one on almost every major corner and store. This reminds me I once mistook a mailbox for my boyfriend. I will write that story some day!

Did you know the phrase “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” is NOT the official motto of the U.S. postal service? That phrase was extracted from translated works of Herodotus and was written about the Persian couriers in 500 BC.

So now the post office needs to advertise. I wonder if the hiked postage rates go toward advertising? Wouldn’t that be a kick in the pants?

Some of the best advertising about the post office had to come from the movie “Miracle on 34th Street”. Here’s the clip.

We will watch this movie, probably sometime Thanksgiving weekend. Which reminds me about one more thing about the post office. I will also spend that first week of December writing out and mailing Christmas cards. Yes, I know. It is expensive and no one sends them much anymore. Well, maybe nobody but me.

And of course I bought holiday stamps, too. They were advertised on the bulletin board in the post office. It was an impulse buy when I mailed those packages!


If you would be interested in joining in this writing challenge, spend some time reading the comments (where everyone leaves links to their weekly SOCS post) over at Linda’s blog. Then read the rules I n her post and give it a whirl.

19 thoughts on “SoCS – Some Things Don’t ‘ad’ Up”

  1. They don’t make films as good as that anymore, that’s for sure.
    Stamps here cost much more than the Christmas cards, but I still send them.
    We still have just the one main Postal Service, (Royal Mail) even though some people use couriers for parcels.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Stamps are expensive and I suppose most people open my card and either put it on display for a short while or else directly into the rubbish. It’s the thought that counts, though. Right?

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  2. Very nice, Maggie. My dad was a mailman and I worked at the PO summers and Christmas while I was in college. I often ended up doing that collection run at the end of the day. There were a LOT of mailboxes!

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  3. Nice post, Maggie. I used to buy Christmas cards and postage stamps religiously every year and would start writing them out around Thanksgiving weekend. This year, I’m not sure what’s going to happen as I haven’t even bought a box of cards and not sure when I’ll have time.

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    1. They do not have a motto, but do have a Mission Statement:

      The Postal Service’s mission is to provide the nation with reliable, affordable, universal mail service. The basic functions of the Postal Service were established in 39 U.S.C. § 101(a): “. . . to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It [the Postal Service] shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities.”

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  4. Very interesting post, Maggie.
    Card sending seems to have fallen out of fashion here too. We usually hang them along lengths of string suspended over the fireplace. It used to be four strings but last Christmas down to two! Or maybe our friends are trying to tell us something, lol.

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  5. I didn’t realize how expensive stamps were until I sent Pete a postcard. The stamp was more than the card. On the other hand, Pete now has an actual picture of a Maine Wildlife Refuge to pin up in his house instead of just an on-line image.

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    1. I am afraid the days of cheap postage are gone, Elizabeth. But it is still an inexpensive way to stay in touch with faraway friends. I am sure Pete enjoyed the postcard.

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  6. Thanks for clearing that up about the post office motto. I still do Christmas cards, too. Like getting them, but need to make my favorites collection smaller. Good going with that novel writing!

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  7. I did NOT know that about Persian couriers! Groovy trivia. I am a post office person. I don’t like to go to the other places. I don’t know them like I do the post office. Bit like walking into a Qdoba or a Starbucks for the first time — How would we know how it works? The post office, tho, I got that down pat.
    Mail boxes are rare these days, aren’t they?!? I marvel that our neighborhood still has a free-standing box at the corner of two central streets. It pleases me.

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    1. I like mailboxes, too. We only have two in our area besides those at the actual post offices. Both are in the grocery store parking lots. I like the post office, too. Especially since I live in a small town, there are rarely lines to contend with even during the holidays.

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