Saturday, January 22, 2011

Believe it... or not

This is a real story.

Last August, my mom saw in the newspaper that our Postal Service had increased the postage costs by more than 500%! Her jaw hit the table and after putting it again in place, she took the phone and called to the PS Office. They told her it was true. Oh-boy! I heard lots of HBO words! To give you an idea about the new costs let me say... the postage for a card that weighs 20 grams (0,705479239 oz) used to be 1 dollar. With the increase, the cost would be 5.50 dollars!
Was in that moment that my mom told me that if the Christmas Card Exchange would be organized, we would not be able to be part of it.
I was very sad. I did it for the past 3 years! Then, when it was time for the register, I sent an email to Sprinkles saying that I wanted to participate but that I would send only e-cards.

Then... it came December and I got serveral e-cards which I loved. I did not get a single card by snail mail and I thought that it was fair. If I did not send real cards, nobody was going to send to me real cards.

This was my face expression when I knew about the postage costs!

Pfffrrrrtttt.... dedicated to the Postal Service in Mexico

Today, January 22, I was with my mom while she was cleaning our house.
(And as you can see I was helping her a lot!)

Then... ding dong!

She went to open the door and she found on the floor...

48 Christmas Cards!
The mean Mailman had gone away so my mom could not ask to him
But.... he is going to hear her next time he comes!!
We know the PS in Mexico is bad... but not this BAD!

Snoopervising my mom...


Thanks a lot my friends!

Christmas is over... but I am going to have your cards displayed here for some more time!

Have a good night

PS. The last week, the Government announced that there will be a review of the ridiculous increase of the postage costs! I guess my mom was not the only one complaining about it!
I hope they keep their word!


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I guess that makes this khristmas in January!

PeeEssWoo: That is just khrazy!!!

Lacy said...

w00fs, i think we paid 1.00 to mail ur card..wanted to send it prioity, but they said they didnt know how long after it crossed into mexico how long it would take to get there..i wanted u to have it on time..u were one of the 1st cards we sent, i think very close to dec 1...

b safe,

Stellaluna said...

La humana dice:
Si el gobierno de aquí hiciera eso, solo yo salgo perdiendo, porque la verdad nadie manda correo, solo los bancos y cosas que se compran de otros países, ya que todos están como "ya hay internet para que sirve el correo entonces?" ._.

Hmm, la ultima vez que envié correos, eran como 2 a australia, 7 a Estados, y 5 a Europa, y me costo mas o menos 5000 colones (3 dolares mas o menos), así que creo que si se pasaron con el correo de alla...

Aun tengo el record a la persona que mas le han mandado correo donde vivo, voy por el record nacional :D

Stella said...

We got some wonderful photo cards just like you did, Lorenza. We just sent regular cards and next year we will try for a photo card, I hope. But e-cards or snail mail cards, its just the thought that counts, isn't it?


Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

You had me worried there! I hope our card was in the pile - we weren't sure about the postage, but we didn't have anything returned to us. I can't believe the post office held all those cards back! But belated Merry Christmas!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Cappy the Eskie said...

Wow Lorenza, that mail delay is just awful! I was glad to see our faces up there.

We received your e-mail card, printed it out and hung it up. As Stella said, it's the thought that counts.

We hope that the mail situation gets better soon.

Hugs and yips,
Cappy and Ollie

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, how neat. We're so glad you got all those Christmas cards even if they are a month late. You know your friends care.

That is a scary raise in postage. Who can afford to send mail at those prices?

MadameMoiselle said...

Everyday is a Xmas day for you Lorenza! What a unexpected pleasant surprise.. I have to say, I enjoy those surprises the most !

I think u should keep those Xmas cards until the new batch comes at the end of the year!


houndstooth said...

Holy cat feathers! That is an outrageous increase! I hope they do review things. It'd be one thing if you paid that much and got your mail on time, but a month late is a bit ridiculous!

At least you finally got all your cards!


Oskar said...

Maybe your postal man was jealous of all the cards that you received.

Now you get to keep your Christmas joy!

Nubbin wiggles,

Priscilla said...

As the saying goes 'better late than never', I'm glad you have got all your cards at last and Merry Belated Christmas to you, Lorenza!!! They look so neat and nice on the wall now.
I do hope your PS would review this increase seriously, it's a ridiculous increase!!!

Kess And Her Mama said...

Talk about inflation! Our postage costs have been increasing too. But my human doesn't send snail mails much. Still...

Looks like the Christmas festivities will be around for awhile more.

Charlie said...

We loved your e-card, Lorenza! I'm glad you got all your snail-mail cards finally!!
- Charlie

Maggie and Mitch said...

Merry Christmas again, Lorenza! What a nice surprise - better late than never, right?

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Marg said...

Wow, that really is expensive. We sure couldn't afford to send a letter either. It would be cheaper to call someone. Glad all your Christmas cards finally got there. Take care.

Daisy said...

Oh Lorenza, what a sweet girl you are. I am not surprised that you got so many cards. Too bad your mailman brought them so late!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a wonderful surprise that must have been! We know we sent you an e-card, but we are sure we also sent you a real one. Hope it arrived there. Those are really ridiculous increases in the prices. We hope there are some adjustments made.

Happy Christmas in January.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Frankie Furter said...

Oh Lorenza, This just proves that you are soooo very much loved by your furends. I am sorry that it took so long fur the mean mailman to give your cards to you. I think they should stay up until Valentine's Day... just to show how the Christmas Spirit can last for the entire year.

Madi and Mom said...

Lorenza we are in total shock...that many cards were delivered all at one time. Shame on the postal service. We will be interested to hear the reason it took so long!!!

But what a nice surprise. I bet you and mom had fun reading them.
Madi and Mom

Santa, Minnie and Christmas said...

We support e-card. It's cost saving and we help save the environment.

♥ Sallie said...

I see my card!

I ran out of them mid-way. But I sent yours out in the early batch so it would get to you in time. Next year I will have to order more. How much are postcards? Maybe that is more economical? I'm thinking of that for next year. But I like e-cards too!


A MilShelb Mom said...

Wow! That is a lot of cards, too! Holy cow. So, my Mom wants to confess that she was cleaning the other day and found your card that she has not mailed yet... so you'll be getting another one as soon as she gets better and can go to the post office!
~Milly and Shelby

Anonymous said...

That is so fantastic, all those wonderful cards from your friends. Mexico is a crazy place, first someone stealing the internet wire from your street, and now the postal increase!

Mayzie said...

Ohmidogness! That is KER-AZY! But how very much fun that it's still Christmas at your house. And my mom says that that is a LOT of green papers just to mail a card. Her jaw also hit the table when she read that. And then it hit the table again when she saw all the cards you got at once. Her jaw is gonna have a bruise, I think.

Wiggles & Wags (& Merry Christmas!)

Sam said...

Hi Lorenza, wow you got way more cards than almost anyone I know. I suppose the mail service was waiting to make a bulk delivery to your house.

PoochesForPeace said...

Wow, that is just not fair!! Pero estoy feliz que finalmente recibiste todos!!

Winnie said...

Imagine getting all those Christmas cards in one go - in January!!

How nice to know that you were remembered.

Love and licks Winnie

Jake of Florida said...

That increase is way over the top!!! Hope somebody figures out that no one will be using the PS at those rates.

We looked on your door and didn't see our card -- we hope it didn't get lost -- or is waiting for the next batch in a month or so!

Enjoy Christmas in January!!!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Jazzi said...

WOW!! That is quite a HUGE increase, my mom would have hit the roof too!! Thats cool about all your cards, its the gift that keeps on giving!!


Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

WOW! That would make me boycott the post office...and that is one place I LOVE to go.

Glad you got the cards! Bet that was a fun afternoon!!!

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Thor said...

Glad you got your cards, even in January! Hope this situation gets better!

Letters To Gavin said...

Gramma says that she thought our rates were bad, but your are beyond bad! I hope they get better for you!

Kari in WeHo said...

At least you got a nice January surprise!


Remington said...

Cool! Getting mail is the best!

Sagira said...

Oh my....increased by 500% and then getting them all at once way after they should have arrived?

I see you got mine, YIPEE!

Benny and Lily said...

Lorenza what is better than celebrating Christmas 1 month later, BOL. It would be cheaper to hand deliver the mail
Benny & Lily

Ronnii said...

Ohhhhh mi dear furiend, mee is so glads dat da cards dids gets to yoo even ifs dey was late..... Da Momster says better late dan neva guess her is rite.
Wee did lovs our ecard from yoo n was so happy to gets it, wee dids only sends normal cards butt next year wee goin to havs photy ones too YAY. Butts wee has a surprise ups our sleaves so yoo keeps watchin fur dat posty person okays ?


♥I am Holly♥ said...

Lorenza, that is a horrible increase in postage! Bad service on top of it. We are glad you finally got all of your cards at one time. Wonder what they were doing with them for the last month! Merry Christmas!!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

FiveSibesMom said...

I'm so happy you were surprised by all the cards!!! That's amazing the costs though...I hope they improve that. We didn't get to participate in the card exchange this year, but we are hoping to next year. Enjoy the cards! They look wonderful hanging up there!

Pepsi Bum said...

Holy dang, that's a crazy hike in the postage costs!

I think the mean postman was jealous and wanted to keep them to himself. Leave him a turd or two on the door step for him to step into! Heheh.


giantspeckledchihuahua said...

Usually, I love getting late cards. but I've never goltten that many so late!

happy said...

Wow, that's why it's called snail mail! Oh well, better late than never!

Luisa said...

Ooooh!! Loreeenza!! you looks so cool!! I love your dresses.^____^

Amber DaWeenie said...

HOLY MOLEY.....dats a lot of money to send cards in Mexico!!! You's could get on a plane and hand deliver dem cheaper den dat!


Fred said...

Christmas in January--awesome!

Ruby and Penny said...

What a wonderful surprise.
Love Ruby & Penny

Anonymous said...

Increase in prices, decrease in services -- are you sure you don't live in the U.S.A? It sounds like business as usual...
- - - - -
dog beds and more

Martha and Bailey said...

Hi Lorenza, that is very nice - it is like you are having another Xmas!
Having said that what a bad postal service!!!!
Martha and Bailey xxx

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

OMD Lorenza that is unbelievable! What a wonderful thing that you finally did get all those cards though. We didn't send any cards out for Christmas this year. Mommy was just kind of "out of it"...the first time in like 40 years that she didn't...not even e-cards. Sheesh.
BabyRD and Hootie

WHERE is your entry in the MM2011costume contest we are hosting??

The Thuglets said...

Lorenza what a lovely HUGE surprise for you!

Very naughty of the mail though, especially with the costs. wonder where they have been?

Enjoy lookin at your cards.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Sweepy said...

Oh I got late joining it and Keeper said she will send eCards to everyone from the old list! We got half volume snail mails than last year's but we did not expect it and we are so happy to receive some even if we did not register!

Your pouty face says it all! Down with the PS!

C said...

maybe those are EARLY cards for 2011! Why the mail man ran away: probably you have packages that are coming EVEN LATER...

Sam and Pippen said...

Merry Christmas, Lorenza! Hope your mom gave you some treats to celebrate getting all those cards!

Sam and Pippen

Niamh said...

What a shock! That mail man is really mean if he was hiding all your cards. Maybe he didn't get any himself and wanted yours. Glad that you are enjoying them now.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We're glad your Christmas cards did finally arrive - and all at once! If the postal service is going to increase the rates that much, the service component should be getting 500% better. Seems to us a very short-sighted plan, as people will use the postal service less and less and pretty soon they will have no business and no jobs at all.

Jed & Abby

Homer said...

5 times the original price!!!! Tell the post office to rob a bank! This is not right.

Just want to let you know that we got your ecard and we appreciate it!