Time Change, Battery Change

Time for my twice yearly reminder.

Set your clocks back an hour tonight (for those of us who are clock challenged, that means instead of it being 2am, it will be 1am).

So many clocks do this automatically but not the vehicles (unless you are, like, fancy schmancy with a touch screen in your car which means I need to ask you: are you SURE you want microsoft in your vehicle? ‘blue screen of death’ brings on a whole new meaning in that format) nor good ol’ non-atomic analog clocks hanging on the wall in the living room instead of the office because it’s tick tock is so damn loud I almost threw it against the wall.

And it is also time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and emergency flashlights. While you are up the ladder, also push the test button. If your alarms are hard wired, push the test button anyway.

Thus endeth your biannual public service announcement.

Postal Service

I just read an interesting article about an interesting division of the USPS.

Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security for Post Office’s Scribble Specialists

It describes how, even though machines have greatly advanced their ability to read handwriting, there are still many letters that get bumped out by the machines because it can’t read them. 5% is a good drop rate but it equaled (according to the article) 714,085,866 letters last year.

But the point I want to make is not exactly related to the article. It is related to the comments. And here is my point:

NO TAX DOLLARS GO INTO THE POSTAL SERVICE

Let me repeat that.

NO TAX DOLLARS GO INTO THE POSTAL SERVICE

The money you pay the IRS, not a penny of it goes to the post office. Their entire budget is dependent on the mail they deliver. (however, there may be some miniscule amount that is spent on govmint employees who must interact with the USPS in some way) The current problem as I see it, is the Govmint required them to make a huge ass payroll payment. Which they kinda did. The payment was so huge, it is an overpayment. The post office is asking the govmint to give them a break and not make the next installment. The problem though, is that “income” is counted in the US budget. So removing that huge chunk from the budget would make it short, although it’s not really. Add into that the far too many unions who are not exactly working together very well and the many employees within those unions who are still working without a contract (such as rural carriers) for several years now.

So, bitch all you want about how money is being wasted on sending poorly addressed letters at the same price as perfectly written ones (I kinda agree with you on that one) but, please, show your intelligence and stop with the “my tax money pays for that?” shit. ‘Cause it ain’t. Your tax money goes to more important things. Like a 10 year war in two countries, one of which we never should have invaded in the first place.

[disclaimer: my darlin’ is a non-union rural carrier]