Why the USPS is awesome
You may not even be aware of all its handy and user-friendly services, like online shipping and free carrier pickup. That's right: you can ship priority or express mail packages without ever leaving your house. Plus, you can save a bit of money by paying for priority and express mail shipments online.
Delivery is almost always fast and accurate. I recently ordered a print from an eBay merchant in Pahoa, Hawaii, and the envelope -- sent First Class, not even Priority Mail -- arrived here in Durham, North Carolina in two days!
They have all of these awesome stamps and if none of them floats your boat, for a little extra money you can get nifty custom designs or even design your own. Benefits of modern technology.
(Image above lifted from http://www.fedbenefits.net/fegli.html.)
In the past week, I sent postcards to my friends H. in AZ and D. in NJ; a much-belated graduation card to brother-in-law J.; a note to a woman I serve with at church about the music for next Sunday; and postcards to sister R. in NY and brother-in-law B. in CA congratulating them on two months of marriage. Finally, I contributed some fruit snacks, roasted almonds and Oreos to a package that my parents assembled for brother E. in Ghana; I also supplied a greeting card that everyone signed to put in the box. My parents, sister R2 and brother I. are visiting us this weekend. Since I contributed to the package and it was mailed from my local post office, I am counting it in my tally.