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Hannah BlectorPerson was signed in when posted
10:46 PM ET (US)
/m56357 Cali, Wow, I wonder how many are left. I would drink more milk if I got it fresh in little bottles. My uncle got milk from local dairies and pasteurized it. He had cream and other milk products, also. We got our milk out of the milkhouse before the milk truck picked it up. I understand there are dangers in that for some people, but that was the best milk. Several people would buy milk straight from the milkhouse, but we had to make sure they turned on the "stirrer" so they did not ladle out the cream. Things changed a lot over the years. We used to just wash the teats from a bucket of soapy water with a sponge. Then special wipes were later required (after I was away from the farm). We milked twice a day, now they say 3 times a day is perhaps optimal. Everything is so mechanized now. Some dairies got to where the cows were just permitted to come and get milked when they wanted. (I still remember when I first got to call the cows in to the barn--I had to overcome my shyness). But since cows usually have feed in front of them when they are being milked, I have read that a problem developed of cows showing up every hour or so to get milked. I thought that was funny because those cows were the ones "milking" it.
Cali to ColoPerson was signed in when posted
06:22 PM ET (US)
Hannah, we still have one or two dairies here that deliver milk i(n glass bottles) to the door. I now need the lactose-free milk, otherwise we'd probably be getting our milk delivered.
DazedandConfusedPerson was signed in when posted
12:31 PM ET (US)
Wow, you guys are testing my memory banks. I knew Postal Savings was phazed out shortly after I started in 65.
Hannah BlectorPerson was signed in when posted
12:23 PM ET (US)
I am from a family of dairy farmers and my uncle had one of the last dairies that delivered to homes. I know the milk I got on the farm tasted better than processed milk, but I think those little glass bottles made it taste good also. Too much overhead and subsidies in the milk business to pay a milkman now. That really does sound like delivering mail. Hope I can hang on for another decade.
X-stewPerson was signed in when posted
11:18 AM ET (US)
/m56351 Postal banking never meant what you and the public seem to think it does. No lending, no dedicated people. It was passbook savings, and savings stamps you'd paste in a booklet like S&H green stamps. Best reason I heard for using it when we paid half what banks paid, was 'the wife doesn't know about this'.

Banks will not let PO compete with them. The best I could see is federal debit cards and allowing the under-banked to not pay check-cashing fees. Maybe it'd be through federal ATMs in POs, and not serviced by clerks.
X-stewPerson was signed in when posted
11:02 AM ET (US)
/m56350 I would not run the PO 6 days. I'd run it 24/7 as it runs now. If the demand was there, I'd deliver 7 days, and bring back 2-trip routes if it made money, or increased market share.

If all that is happening, it makes zero sense to have some people only available 5 days and only on T2.
RIKSNYPerson was signed in when posted
10:57 AM ET (US)
/m56350 Nobody is allowing perverts in the bathroom.
Reality checkPerson was signed in when posted
10:33 AM ET (US)
/m56350 Under your plan, I'm sure you would advocate at least six day delivery on first class parcels. Correct?

If current polls hold, and Democrats gain seats in congress, and grab the POTUS trophy, then no way does a single day of delivery get eliminated. In fact, many in congress are talking about adding "postal banking" for the underclass in coming years.
DazedandConfusedPerson was signed in when posted
09:26 AM ET (US)
/m56340 RC, this great thinking public can be sold anything as witnessed by allowing perverts in the ladies room. I now hear normally rational thinking people defending that concept. Before this was sold to the people did any of these rational people, sitting around in normal conversation, present this as something that was good and they supported. 5 day delivery was not logical because it did little to solve the budget problems. Likewise 4 day delivery is not feasible. Only my plan of 3 days makes sense, and results in huge budget savings. The public would adjust within a couple months. I am old enough to remember milkmen, but guess what the public very quickly adjusted to life without them

/m56347 X, try to stay with me on this. The carrier would still work 5 days a week, not 3. There will be plenty of carriers under my plan. If this were your business you would not run it 6 days a week.
Reality checkPerson was signed in when posted
09:20 AM ET (US)
Hannah, Don't feel so bad. This poor guy never got his early out, and really wants one now.

Hannah BlectorPerson was signed in when posted
11:41 PM ET (US)
I check this forum because it is the only happiness for a carrier who must work until age 62, if not death. For me, it doesn't matter if there is an early out.

And my comment may lighten the heavy heart of those who want, but cannot have, an early out. I would prefer your pain.

I would love to see an early out so I can have more overtime. However, I don't know of any carriers in my office who would take an early out. More are in my position than not. Most of us who cannot leave have had or had spouses who have had serious medical conditions that created debt, made it impossible to pump enough into the TSP, or both.

I will cheer for y'all to get an early out. Think positive thoughts. After all, if you think positive thoughts about getting an early out you will have positive thoughts.
X-stewPerson was signed in when posted
10:17 PM ET (US)
/m56339 Hiring 40-hour people to cover 3 days is delusional. It'd be like replacing the LLVs with 2-tons; unnecessary and not productive. Even if you work to 100, you'll never see 3-days at PO. And been saying for 20 years PO would not go to 5-day. Some are so desperate for it that they they dream up schemes and schedules to make it seem plausible to justify an EO for them with cash. Nope. Unless congress takes PO delivery away, there'll never be too many carriers.

/m56343 "Nobody needs mail six days a week"

How condescending of you to tell others what they need. Unfortunately for you, the public spoke last decade and they demanded 6 days. Amazon came along and said 6 days wasn't good enough so got 7.
Edited 08-27-2016 10:19 PM
82% RetiredPerson was signed in when posted
10:11 PM ET (US)
Yes RC and some confuse wages with income.
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