Full stop. Most specifically, Canada Post sucks. I have here, in my hand, a letter from one of my US financial institutions, postmarked 27 December 2000. It arrived in my mailbox today.
I met the postman as he delivered it. I looked at the postmark and then looked at him.
"Is there something wrong?", he asked. I passed over the letter so he could examine it more closely. He spies the postmark and says, "Oh, yeah. Fairly normal. We're backlogged months with incoming US mail."
"Months? It's been two. You can't be serious.", I exclaim.
"Oh, yeah," he says, "Those folk at the border and at the airport processing just don't give a damn."
"Oh, glad to know. Is it as bad with domestic mail?", I inquire, deciding that this is worth digging for some more info.
"Usually not so bad, but don't trust anything valuable to us. FedEx, Purolator, DHL, or just a bike courier for local stuff," he explains. "Most of the carriers are burnt out and careless. The sorting folks are even worse off."
"Shit!" I think, understanding why half my checks never make it to my landlord.
"Thanks for the letter. It's for taxes and I would have been fucked without. Definitely better late than never." Hell, it's pretty unlikely to be his fault that it took two months to get to me.
This is a drawback of a socialist government, right? The US postal system is the epitomy of efficiency and accuracy, right?
Mail from the same financial institution was returned last week. That mail was sent in November to a drop box IN THE SAME ZIP CODE that eventually forwards to me in Canada in a semi-monthly batch.
What scares me is it seems my employers email relays are just as sketchy. Go infrastructure. Their mail room folks kick ass though. And they can drink like fish too.
Other notes: Congratulations to graydon on his forthcoming marriage.