Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Postage

Yesterday, I had to mail a letter. Mailing that missive caused a bit of turmoil for me here in the western edges of the Enchanted Mitten. It has been so long since I had to mail a letter that I did not know how much a first class stamp cost. Thankfully, the U.S. Post office has a wonderful website and I was able to quickly determine that a letter mailed first class would set me back 42 cents. Dee and I went digital in paying all of our bills so long ago that I cannot recall when we started. The ease, simplicity and security of web bill pay has literally transformed the way in which we live. We pay our mortgage, gas, electricity, water, cell phone, cable TV & internet, credit cards, etc., on line. I have not written a check to a creditor in literally years. Most of the communications I send to others are electronic. I have done my best to embrace the digital age. Have you?

2 comments:

John said...

I pay nothing on-line, other than the occasional Paypal for an auction win.

The Digital Age is great, until the machines break.

Fight the power.

Lisa... said...

I love stamps. I love the post office. I love the squeak of the hinges on the mailbox and the thrill of realizing I got my letters in before the next pick-up. I love real letters written by real people with penmanship I can barely decipher. It's a dying art.

Having said that, I hardly ever buy stamps and pay all my bills online. But there's nothing like opening your mailbox and finding mail from someone who thought enough to buy a card, put pen to paper, and afix the stamp.

And, for the record, this isn't any sort of guilt trip or subtle hint. Just me being a sucker for a simpler time.

L.