Friday, April 13, 2007
Believe me when I tell you that in Washington, DC, there are no Post Offices located in hardware stores.
I sent off our taxes this morning, taking them to the Post Office counter inside Ace Hardware on Robinhood. Quite a set-up there. More stores should be open to it; on the way out, I accidentally bought $30 worth of plants.
In Washington, we used to wait until close to midnight on the night of April 15th, when we would drive down to postal headquarters. Just outside, and for blocks around, postal workers stood on the sidewalk medians, holding out large U.S. Mail bags into which the drivers would throw their envelopes, having held onto the money until the last possible hour. And even though people would be grumbling and sometimes cursing the "money-grubbing government" aloud, there was something decidedly festive about the whole thing.