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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 10:52      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
... I'm sitting here at work stamping and addressing postcards (with self stick stamps and labels, no less, so I don't even get to enjoy the taste of glue...)

mind numbing? absolutely.

this is my stupid life.

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As long as you get paid for it! [Smile]
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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 11:10      Profile for ScholasticSpastic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I can't feel bad that your job is mind-numbing because it drove you back into our geeky arms. Nice to have you back around.

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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 11:15      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
you know... the "navajo jewelry" two cent stamps really are quite tasteful...
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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 11:26      Profile for BooBooKitty     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
what the heck are you doing with 2-cent stamps??? :-o
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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 11:31      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
the us postage went up AGAIN by two cents. so I stamp all the postcards with the old .24 stamps, then stamp them all again with the .02, then address them all.

ho hum.... I've only already done 90 in an hour.

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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 11:32      Profile for BooBooKitty     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
you guys should do what we did and have non-priced stamps.. so if it goes up a cent, your stamps are still good [Big Grin]

ok.. we are officially mind-numbed if we're talking about stamps here...

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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 11:35      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
we have those now.... about time.

yep. mind numbed.

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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 11:43      Profile for BooBooKitty     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I think I will go to Ikea tonight and be dazzled by all their knick-knacks. Yes, it will be potentially dangerous...

Meanwhile.. I will mind-numb myself in other ways here at work for next couple of hours....

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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 11:53      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
ooooh I've finished with all the postage.

NOW I get to retrieve the postcards that got returned to sender, then do some google detective work to figure out WHY it got returned (wrong address, company closed, etc.) then update the database with my findings (correct address, mark company as dead, etc.)


oh joy and rapture.

I'm making chicken curry for dinner tonight though. with rice and kimchee. and thats exciting..

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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 11:53      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I am installing drivers on a laptop and doing a spyware scan on a desktop.

Trying to find something in the news I actually care to learn about and keep me occupied.

Another 5 hrs of this and then night gig to keep me thoroughly bored for another hour or so.

I also need to make an oddly shaped box for some stuff I am mailing out.

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Wow, I hate to say this, but your stuff makes debugging java seem like fun [Razz]

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Hmmm.. how much longer before my dentist appt?
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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 12:10      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by business attire:
the us postage went up AGAIN by two cents. so I stamp all the postcards with the old .24 stamps, then stamp them all again with the .02, then address them all.

Like in Fargo. [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by maximile:
quote:
Originally posted by business attire:
the us postage went up AGAIN by two cents. so I stamp all the postcards with the old .24 stamps, then stamp them all again with the .02, then address them all.

Like in Fargo. [Smile]
Oh, yahhhh. (Hautman's blue-winged teal got the 29-cent... )

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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 12:36      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
now I'm done with postcards entirely!

I'm going through SEC filings to find out companies' revenues and research and development budgets for the 2006 fiscal year!

yesss. only an hour and a half of this left...

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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2007 13:23      Profile for toobe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm "trapped" in my apartment for a week because I just had knee surgery and I'm not allowed to go up or down stairs... and I live in a third floor walk up.

So.fscking.bored.

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toobe! hope your knee is better... get well soon!
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I feel stupid. I didn't even know that the rates had gone up. It's not like the post office made a big announcement because they didn't. Now I don't know if the bill I sent out last week is going to reach its destination. How come they didn't advertise the change in the mail? [Confused]

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Icon 1 posted June 15, 2007 05:53      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I don't know. I heard about it because of the flyers they put up in the main mail hall of my apartment complex.

The cool thing is some of the stamps don't have "49cents" on them, they have "forever" on them.
No matter how much the post goes up, they'll still be good.

Which makes me happy, because I had 19 unused stamps out of a set of 20 that I had bought for mothers day cards, and then the day after mothers day the post went up and I had to buy new stamps. In the future, it won't be a problem.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tominfla:
I feel stupid. I didn't even know that the rates had gone up. It's not like the post office made a big announcement because they didn't. Now I don't know if the bill I sent out last week is going to reach its destination. How come they didn't advertise the change in the mail? [Confused]

For the first couple of days the post office usually lets it slide. One of the postal carriers I talked to said that they were taking a bunch of two cent stamps on their rounds to put them on letters that were short. I guess you could call the company you sent the payment to in order to be sure.

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From the USPS website, this is the text of the press release:

"WASHINGTON, D.C. - New postage prices and fees go into effect on Monday, May 14, including an increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 41 cents. But not all prices are going up.

"Starting May 14, the price to mail a two-ounce First-Class Mail letter (wedding invitations sometimes weigh two ounces) will drop from the current 63 cents to 58 cents. Under a new pricing strategy, as mailpieces become heavier, the prices do not increase as much.

"The charts below list some of the more common new prices and fees.


Selected Prices Effective May 14
First-Class Letter (1 oz.) 41¢
First-Class Letter (2 oz.) 58¢ (down from 63¢)
Postcard 26¢
Priority Mail (1 lb.) $4.60
Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box $8.95
Express Mail (1/2 lb) $16.25
NEW Express Mail (1 lb) $19.50
Express Mail (2 lb) $21.40
Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp 55¢

Extra Services and Fees Effective May 14
Certified Mail $2.65
Delivery Confirmation (Priority) 65¢
Delivery Confirmation (First-Class Mail parcels) 75¢
Return Receipt (Original Signature) $2.15
Return Receipt (Electronic) 85¢
Money Orders (up to $500) $1.05

"Individual and business mailers can save money beginning May 14 by taking advantage of shaped-based pricing; a new pricing system that recognizes the different costs for handling letters, large envelopes and packages. Mailers will have the opportunity to obtain lower prices if they find ways to configure the mail into shapes that reduce handling costs for the Postal Service. For example, if the contents of a First Class Mail large envelope are folded and placed in a letter-sized envelope, customers can reduce postage by as much as 39 cents per piece. If the contents of a First-Class Mail package are reconfigured to fit into a large envelope, customers can save 33 cents per piece.

"Customers also have the opportunity to save money on future mailings by buying Forever Stamps at the new 41-cent First-Class Mail letter price. The value on these stamps will always be the one-ounce letter price and can be used for any future one-ounce letter mailing without extra postage.

"The Forever Stamp, other 41-cent stamps, and one- and two-cent stamps are available at post offices nationwide, online at www.usps.com, and available by telephone at 1-800-STAMP-24. The 41-cent stamps will also be available at Automated Postal Centers and ATMs nationwide beginning May 14.

"In addition to the new domestic rates, changes will take effect May 14 for customers sending international mail. USPS has simplified its eight main international products into four: Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail International, Priority Mail International and First-Class Mail International. New packaging will allow mailers to use the same Priority Mail and Express Mail packaging for shipping within the United States and to other countries.

"Additional information on the new prices is available at www.usps.com/prices."

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Thanks for the info. I checked the USPS site last night after business_attire mentioned the rate increase. I think I would like to buy some Forever stamps since I do so little mailing.

Now back to the topic at hand...mind-numbing...hmmm, can't think of anything like that except that installing World of Warcraft on my Windows computer wasn't the most exciting thing in the world. You could have a pizza party, it takes so long. Installing the game, that doesn't take long. It's the patches.

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