I am deeply irritated. I have no fewer than three parcels to pick up from the Itchy Ankle Post Office and had hoped to mail my birthday party invitations today from the same location. I was there a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday morning and so expected the post office to be open today. It wasn’t. There was no sign on the door to explain why. I wondered if perhaps they had treated themselves to an extra half day off, in honor of Independence Day. I decided to check with the USPS website. They boasted a listing of 2010 legal federal holidays but sadly the hyperlink isn’t working. Grrr. I continued to Google and arrived here which helpfully defines federal holidays, what happens when the holiday falls on a weekend and so on. There is no mention of anyone taking off on the Saturday before a Sunday holiday in 2010 or any other year .
Back to USPS.com where I did manage to find a post office schedule for 2010. No mention of Saturday July 3. I decide to check opening hours for local post offices and discover that Itchy Ankle’s post office no longer opens on a Saturday morning. I cheer up though when I discover that another nearby post office will be open. I drive to this post office with my bulging bag of mail destined for the UK and all parts of the US. It is closed. There is a sign on the door that directs me to 3 different post offices that are allegedly open this morning. Each of them is more than 35 miles away and, as it is now after 11am, there is no chance of reaching them before noon. I return home in a bad temper and thank my lucky stars that I have alternatives to snail mail so I can vent to all of you. I curse the USPS and their incompetent communications. No stamp of approval here.