Tuesday, June 07, 2011

that's no way to run a pony express

I could drive there in 14 hours and Google maps tells me I could walk there in nine and a half days, so I fail to understand why it took four weeks for a letter to get from Calgary to Neepawa, Manitoba. I guess it ties in with the fact that lately it's been taking about ten days for mail to arrive here from the Okanagan (an eight hour drive, seven and a half day walk).

Canada Post, you are doing very little to convince me that you are still a crucial and effective service, as you consider escalating your rotating walkouts into a general strike.

Odd how all those flyers still seem to arrive right on time.

I do love receiving a hand written envelope and I get a lot of joy out of sending mail to loved ones, and I even really like our letter carrier, but I am not convinced that the current system is sustainable.

When was the last time you found a hand written envelope in your mailbox?


Allison said...

Last week!

And I have to post mail this weekend, although I am going to go with UPS (as its a package). I still think mail service is an essential service (and one I use all the time), however, I am confused over this strike. I can't seem to find exactly what they are fighting over. They say its not wages, but I think that has a lot to do with it. Also they get 7 weeks holiday - pretty sweet deal! And we still don't have mail on Saturdays like the US. I can understand how they're worried about the push to a more computerized system, but if other countries can make it work...why can't we?

Anonymous said...

Friday, it was a birthday card, not for me mind you.

I need to use the postal service really quick as I have to send two jars of vegemite to Ft St. John. (I know, I'm shaking my head as well)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hurray for handwritten envelopes! I'm confused about all the issues at Canada Post as well, Al. Do they have Saturday delivery in the US? That's a bit overkill.

I'm sure you have only the most honourable of motives with your bicoastal vegemite mailing, Kelly.

Dale said...

I haven't had a handwritten envelope for hmm, a couple of months at least. Shame shame shame. I did send postcards from my vacation so someone at least got something from me!

L said...

The Canadian Post hates me, I'm convinced. I've either had packages I sent never reach their destination or vis a versa. Oy.

The last hand-written thing I was mailed was a Thank You note. That never gets old.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Vacation postcards rule, Dale! It gives you something to do with all those fridge magnets.

I love people who send thank you notes, Lesley! They are the glue of civilization. Postal corporations who lose parcels, less so.

Westcoast Walker said...

Sending post is an elegant form of communication, though for me it is more of a nostalgic thing than something I use often anymore (regrettably perhaps).

Having said that, I think Canada post is still operating within a paradigm that is out of touch with the way things have evovled globally - they should be stepping up services and focus on being more innovative if they want to keep their market share.

verification word = "undeezzy" - how one feels having to wait two weeks for their post to arrive.

BeckEye said...

This sounds like a job for Kevin Costner.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I agree, Matthew, I think Canada Post has been missing out on some opportunities to provide the type of service that can compete with online communications.
verification word = "undeezzy" - how one feels having to wait two weeks for their post to arrive. - in one's underwear.

Sending out the bat signal for him as we speak, Beckeye.