The Weekly Stack™, as detailed in Insideman’s Pull List™ for 2.20.13.
I would like to make it clear (for at least one crank out there) that this week’s Weekly Stack™ picture was not delayed due to overwhelming criticism or any such groundswell of negativity. It was simply a victim of a delay via the USPS.
While I normally admire this venerable institution, I thought it might be fun to tell you where this 20 pound 11 ounce stack of books (not including packing material and heavy-duty cardboard box) spent the last 11 days.
The USPS claims the US Congress not allowing them to raise rates appropriately as one of many (very real) reasons they run such a huge deficit every year. But I thought I might add this to the mix: These books shipped on Wednesday 2.20.13 in the middle of the United States. They were then shipped to a main sort center in Pennsylvania (all the way on the East Coast of the States), where the USPS then flew them all the way across the country (flying back over their original shipping point) to the main sort center in Southern California on the US West Coast.
This nearby sort center then missent the package to Las Vegas, Nevada. After hanging out there for two days, it was resent back to the local sort center and delivered to me today. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a lot of expensive jet and diesel fuel… Especially for a large, heavy package sent at the rock bottom-priced Media Mail Rate.