As a daily user of the post office, sending expensive packages, I am a huge fan. They do a great job for a much lower price
than their competition.
I know a little bit
about postal service. As a supply officer, I was in charge of the ship's post office for my six years of sea duty. Also, for three years, when I was stationed in Singapore, I had
the collateral duty (side
job on top of my regular job) as the Navy postal officer for the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. This actually excluded Korea
and Guam, so I was mostly responsible for arranging delivery to ships
visiting ports. One night, my office called me in at 2 AM to respond to an emergency message from the Commanding Officer at Naval Station Diego Garcia. He had
sent an urgent message demanding to know why they had
not received mail for 7 days. I responded immediately with a one-line message. "You have not received mail for 7 days because no cargo planes have landed on your island for 7 days." (The scheduled cargo delivery plane had
broken down and was being repaired in Japan
. I had
no control over flight schedules whatsoever, and he knew that.)
The best part
of this side
job was a one week trip to Hawaii each year for the DOD Pacific Postal Conference.