Your mail, now with less frequency

I remember the days of 20-something cent stamps. Some of you can probably even remember before then. With stamp prices that have more than doubled since my childhood (unlike gas which has more than tripled, heh heh) the United States Postal Service is trying something new – saving money by delivering to you less. Blame Netflix and e-mail, if you want.

USPS will end Saturday delivery for first class mail this summer, Postmaster General Patrick Donahue stated earlier today. Package delivery, which has seen growth in recent years as online purchasing booms, will continue under the plan. Donahue, saying the plan will save $2 billion annually, called the decision an “important part of our strategy to return to financial stability.” He said the plan would allow for elimination of 22,500 jobs. Donahue said he hoped the job losses could be covered by attrition, buyouts and cutting back on overtime.

Last year, under pressure from Congress and local communities, the cash-strapped agency dropped plans to close thousands of post offices across the nation, instead deciding to trim operations at 13,000 offices. Saturday has the week’s lowest daily volume and and more than a third of U.S. businesses are closed Saturday, USPS reports. Most businesses and households surveyed in a national Gallup Poll indicated Saturday would be the least disruptive day to eliminate mail delivery.

Look for this big change to come in August — 6 months from now.

What happens in Vegas…

We’re headed to Las Vegas / Henderson this week to celebrate my grandfather’s 91st birthday. I missed it last year for his 90th, since I had recently started working at Philips and taking time off would 1) look bad, and 2) be unpaid.

I started working the alternate swing shift at work, Sunday through Wednesday, so taking off Thursday-Saturday to Vegas means I use no vacation time. How perfect, right? My grandparents will meet Vanessa for the first time, since she didn’t come with us to Las Vegas last year for Christmas / New Year’s when Linda and I were married.

While we may not do much gambling (if any at all), we’ll hopefully find a few fun activities that would entertain a 5 year old, that don’t involve pornographic advertisements slapped into our unaware and open hands.

RIP Junior Seau

Approximately a year-and-a-half ago I posted about Junior Seau attempting to commit suicide. Yesterday he shot himself in the chest to end his life.

Last year 50-year-old former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson was found dead in his Florida home last year from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Before his death, he texted his family asking for his brain to be used for research (hence why he shot himself in the chest). Months later, researcher neurologists at Boston University confirmed Duerson had suffered from a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions. It’s likely Junior Seau shot himself in the chest for the same reason.  Continue reading “RIP Junior Seau” RIP Junior Seau