June 29th, 2004


Lesson in globalization of the day:

Women in front of me at the Post Office at 4:45 pm was shocked to discoved that USPS did not provide overnight service to Canada. The postal clerk patiently explained that Canada is in fact a foreign country and that the United States Postal Service only serves the United States and didn't have any jurisdiction in Canada. They could maybe get it TO Canada in a day, but then it was up to the Canadians to deliver her letter WITHIN Canada, and that would take an extra 2-3 days.

She then began complaining to the clerk that she wouldn't have time to get to (the ironically named, under the circumstances) Federal Express office in time to overnight the package that way, as if her lack of foresight was his fault and not hers. I myself blame the Canadians for having the audacity to speak our language and live only 3 hours away from this lady and yet not be part of the US! Those darned Canadians!

I wouldn't be suprised if her important letter asks its Canadian receipient how he's celebrating the 4th of July.
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