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Did somebody say “snail mail”?

December 1st, 2010 · 107 comments

Before her husband left on his first military deployment, Sarah in San Diego sent out an e-mail to the whole family with info about how everyone can stay in touch while he’s away. To avoid any potential in-law drama, she even had her husband read and sign off on the e-mail before sending. What neither Sarah nor her husband took into account? The Uncle Paul factor.

Her husband’s Uncle Paul, Sarah explains, is a mailman/postman/letter carrier — whatever the correct term is. (Based on Uncle Paul’s reply, she says, “I’m clearly not up enough on the intricate etiquette of the U.S. Postal Service to know.”)

Sarah oh Sarah, Greetings and Happy Post Thanksgiving. have officially made

related: This is why your postal worker is disgruntled

FILED UNDER: e-mail · exclamation-point happy!!!! · family · going postal · holiday spirit · Oops?

107 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Lisa

    Uh, talk about going postal.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm   rating: 69  small thumbs up

  • #2   Kay

    Did Uncle Paul e-mail this reply? Would it not have gotten to Sarah in as timely a fashion using USPS? Shame on him.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm   rating: 190  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   gretcheepoo

      That would have been exactly part of my reply – which would have been sent REPLY ALL with a copy of his e-mail attached.

      Dear Uncle Paul,
      I always forget the heroics of the USPS – you know rain, snow, sleet & all. My silly husband… all he has to worry about is engaging in combat, sniper fire & IEDs all while being thousands of miles away from his loved ones for almost a year. You’re right that I should be more sensitive to YOUR feelings. I’ll send my official heartfelt apology via the post office so you should receive it within 5-7 days.

      Dec 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm   rating: 390  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   QuikLives


      Seriously, you said it perfectly.

      Dec 1, 2010 at 8:27 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   Fragbert

      Gretcheepoo nails it in one.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 6:24 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   The Elf

      The Internets. U winz dem.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 6:57 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   clumber


      Dec 2, 2010 at 7:36 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #2.6   Woman on the Verge bang

      Gretcheepoo, you are the undisputed winner.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 8:09 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #2.7   Ed Depaine

      Winner winner chicken dinner!

      Dec 2, 2010 at 8:47 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #2.8   divaandwriter bang

      I DARE Sarah to copy and paste this and send it to Uncle Paul! And yes, she should definitely cc all of the other relatives. Uncle Paul needs to get a grip.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 9:06 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #2.9   pony girl

      Oh, YES!

      That is my official birthday/Christmas wish.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 11:52 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #2.10   Canthz_B bang

      To be fair, Uncle Paul has a vicious toy poodle on this route.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #2.11   sleeps

      It’s got horrible cruel teeth.

      Dec 3, 2010 at 7:52 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #2.12   WMDKitty

      Oh, it’s just a harmless little -poodle-, isn’t it?

      Dec 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #2.13   Scribbles the Monkey bang

      Uncle Paul should grab some yellow flowers from the path and some meat from the Scumm Bar, combine these items, and feed them to the vicious poodles outside of the governor’s mansion.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 10:23 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #3   Shannon

    Is anyone else’s ad above the comments for the USPS?! Hilarious!!!

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Kd

      No, I have “Tank Thongs” but it does say they’re “Made in USA”

      Dec 1, 2010 at 8:29 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   jadefirefly

      Nope; I got American Apparel. :P

      Dec 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   The Elf

      Godiva & Ghiradelli. Damn these marketers must know me well.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 6:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   clumber

      Morton Ice Control. Pet Friendly. Learn how and save!

      Dec 2, 2010 at 7:37 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   pony girl

      What ads?
      I don’t have any ads.
      What, my money’s not good enough for them?!

      Dec 2, 2010 at 7:43 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #3.6   Mo®

      But is Morton Ice Control safe for Ponys?

      Dec 2, 2010 at 8:49 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #3.7   blissfully ignorant

      firefox + ad-blocker=don’t know what you people are talking about.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 9:05 am   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #3.8   ammali

      Same here re Firefox and Adblock, but I unblocked them for a second just for fun. I got the American Apparel one, too.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 10:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #3.9   Odious

      Have blocked ads for so long, didn’t know they were still there. Nothing like script-based ads to slow a page to a crawl.

      Dec 3, 2010 at 11:06 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #3.10   Donna Martin Graduates!

      mine’s a cupcake…

      Dec 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #3.11   WMDKitty


      Dec 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #4   Gretchen

    Last I checked “snail mail” referred to any and all mail sent through post, not just through the USPS. FedEx, for example, is still “snail mail.”

    Also, using multiple exclamation marks makes you look unhinged.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm   rating: 51  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Kay

      Unhinged is a great word.

      Dec 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm   rating: 47  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   QuikLives

      Actually, I recognize this writing style (it hurts me to call it that). This is exactly what posts from my father and aunts look like. They have dozens of exclamations, completely random spacing and capitalization, and even when it’s only a comment of facebook, they are always signed “Love, Aunt Debbie” and “LOVE YOU!!!! Dad&Susan” and so forth.

      Dec 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   Auntybron

      I tried to count them but my eyes kept crossing, but I think there are over 3 dozen exclamation points for 10 sentences/sentence fragments.

      Dec 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   Mel K

      I am always worried when people use quotation marks when they really don’t need to.

      However, I like how Uncle Paul hit the tab key several times to get his name over to the right. Reminds me of typing class.

      Dec 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   divaandwriter bang

      I always thought that “snail mail” referred only to the USPS. Anything sent overnight really isn’t “snail mail.”

      Dec 2, 2010 at 9:10 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #4.6   Ponytail

      Well, strictly speaking, doesn’t ‘snail mail’ refer to traditional postal services ? We use it in the UK to refer to the Royal Mail.

      Dec 3, 2010 at 4:57 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #5   Linda

    Sounds awfully threatening in a very badly written sort of way

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Auntybron

      You’d think such a strong advocate for the written word would be better at it.

      Dec 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm   rating: 76  small thumbs up

  • #6   sleeps

    Good of Uncle Paul to cut Sarah some slack during what must have been a fairly stressful time for the family.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:18 pm   rating: 78  small thumbs up

  • #7   Ash

    My husband is Navy. In a pre deployment briefing the Captain of the ship made reference to any letter’s and or boxes as snail mail.

    Grumble grumble, Uncle Paul.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #8   Alexa

    My parents have both worked at the Post Office for 30+ years, and I’ve never seen them get upset about anyone calling it “snail mail”. I suspect Uncle Paul himself may be just a wee bit sensitive.

    (FYI: I’m pretty sure the official term, in the U.S., is “postal carrier”. Or just “carrier”.)

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   HandyMarigolds

      Hypothesis: normal people who read stuff once in a while are familiar with terms like “snail mail.”

      Hypothesis: judging by Paul’s syntax, he’s not much of a bookworm. Therefore: Paul is shocked. Shocked![!!!!!!!!!]

      Dec 2, 2010 at 11:23 am   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   RioIriri

      My letter carrier father calls it that himself. Uncle Paul needs a Xanax.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 8:49 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   Canthz_B bang

      I gotta go with “letter carriers”. In my job, I’ve seen benefit statements from their union’s health benefit plan, NALC Health Benefit Plan .

      “The National Association of Letter Carriers (or NALC) is an American labor union, representing non-rural letter carriers employed by the United States Postal Service. It was founded in 1889.”


      Dec 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #8.4   Donna Martin Graduates!

      @ Alexa — “carrier” is too vague and could mean someone infectious.

      Then again, Uncle Paul sure is trying to infect us all with the holiday spirit…

      Dec 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #9   sduck

    I love the line, “Any thought on this?” As if he expects her to interpret his ranting diatribe as a prelude to a civilized conversation.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:27 pm   rating: 74  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   easily distracted

      “Any thoughts on this?”
      Yes, Uncle Paul, I think you’re an asshole. Excuse me, I think you’re “AN” asshole!!!!!

      Dec 3, 2010 at 12:08 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #10   Dotty Com

    Way to make it all about you, Uncle Paul.

    Just what the solider and his wife needed.

    Good thing you were there with all those grammatically incorrect exclamation points to keep everyone focused on what’s really important.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:30 pm   rating: 51  small thumbs up

  • #11   AksiHow can you handle

    How can one handle so many forms of written media and write so poorly?

    Bonus points for him neglecting to mention the deployment and rant about postal terms.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #12   Tina

    Heh, I got this lecture when corresponding via email with my boss after he offered me a job. (We are contractors for the USPS, so I should have known better than to use that term, especially given that I was not actually hired yet.)

    I still call it snail mail, though not in the presence of my boss. He also doesn’t like the term “junk mail” — it’s “bulk mail”. I’m sorry, but if I immediately toss it without even opening it, it’s junk.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Donna Martin Graduates!

      basically, what you are telling us is that Uncle Paul is your boss?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dec 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #13   Lisa

    What a jerk! Take Uncle Paul off the Christmas card list stat!

    Dec 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   HandyMarigolds

      Or at least send his card with lots of exclamation points in the address, to slow it down.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   Canthz_B bang

      True. Uncle Paul needs to be taken off something, but I think his doctor has to do it.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #14   Jen

    oh, Uncle Paul…you make Newman seem like a sane postal worker. Get a grip and a real problem to worry about. Like your nephew being deployed! (exclamation point used correctly…take note, Uncle Paul.)

    Dec 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Canthz_B bang

      Paul is one of Newman’s own. Though they’re probably different in their dressing styles.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 1:41 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   jayskinner70

      Ba-zing! Great pun, sir.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 8:09 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #15   notolaf

    My brother-in-law once took a whole bunch of crab shells, wrapped them up in a layer of foil and let them sit for several days until the smell leaked out, wrapped them up again, let them sit, wrapped them again, let them sit…eventually he boxed the whole thing up and sent it snail mail as a Christmas present to a relative who had crossed him in practical jokery. I’m not suggesting anything here, I’m just tellin’ a story…

    Dec 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

  • #16   People Person

    Dear Uncle Paul, the Letter Carrier, here’s two for you… F and U.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

  • #17   JJ

    wtf? he’s upset because they called it snail mail?

    jesus H.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #18   Walker, "Tex" (a stranger) bang

    I want to know more about “‘THE’ List.” What is this list and why exactly is it “NOT a list you want to be on?” Is this guy a mason, a mobster, an illuminati? Will Sarah be targeted by random poor waitress service, attract the attention of religious tract distributors, have a really bad portrait of herself distributed on the next 44 cent stamp?

    Dec 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm   rating: 70  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   butt

      He probably used to watch Rick Sanchez.

      “It’s the list you DON’T want to be on!”

      Dec 2, 2010 at 2:39 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #18.2   The Elf

      He’s a postal worker. Dollars to doughnuts, it’s a “to kill when I finally snap” list.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 7:09 am   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #18.3   Woman on the Verge bang

      I like being on lists. Shit lists especially. Do have any idea how difficult it is to piss so many people off?

      Dec 2, 2010 at 8:11 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #18.4   Divvitar

      Maybe she’ll be on the LIST to be targeted by the “Star Killers” that are after Randy Quaid and his wife.

      Dec 3, 2010 at 12:50 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #18.5   Kurtis

      Nah, they just mangle random important-looking letters, drop packages in the mud, stuff like that. Just one of the many services provided by your friendly local USPS letter carrier.

      Dec 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #19   SaintJerome

    What an asshole. I’ve never wanted more to climb through my monitor and punch someone in the face.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

  • #20   aquapt

    Oh, Uncle Paul. I am deeply sorry for being so disrespective. In the future, I will try to be more appreciaful of the good work you and your colleagues do every day.

    Just so I don’t slip up again… does the USPS have any official stance on the use of the term “douche canoe”…?

    Dec 1, 2010 at 11:46 pm   rating: 56  small thumbs up

  • #21   SP

    I love you, PAN, for bringing me such laughter right before bed. This one was one of the best, lately.

    This guy is an idiot, and someone had better have him on “THE” list to make sure he doesn’t do anything with HIS list.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 12:01 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #22   fishy

    “The List” is, perhaps, a secret hit list run by the USPS, whose carriers also work as assassins-for-hire? :?

    So many questions- and so many possible answers that are scarier than the questions…

    Dec 2, 2010 at 12:15 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #23   johntonio

    I would much better get a free reply note than get free reply Bullets

    Dec 2, 2010 at 12:53 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #24   Canthz_B bang

    Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds…but use the term “snail mail”, and be prepared to go a few rounds, or take a few of ammo!

    Dec 2, 2010 at 1:00 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   aquapt

      Not gloom of night, nor rain, nor snow
      our couriers shall halt
      But no USPS-car-go
      can bear the threat of salt.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 1:17 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #24.2   Tess

      Aquapt made the “Made my day” list (!!!!!!! !!)

      Dec 4, 2010 at 8:00 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #25   Canthz_B bang

    The USPS could really trim their budget if they stopped delivering snail mail altogether.

    Most snails can barely read anyway.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 1:03 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

  • #26   My name's Mark, Exclamation Mark

    I do love exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!
    They should be used more often !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Please, don’t let them down and use them as much as possible!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dec 2, 2010 at 2:48 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   HandyMarigolds

      Heh! Yeah, no better indicator that a letter-writer is off his nut than punctuation overdoses.

      I have a professor at school who thinks exclamation points get lonely by themselves.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 11:11 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #27   Oink

    Does his shitty snail mail company pay him enough to alienate his family like this? I’d take him off the mailing list, but it’s probably best to keep nutters like this on side.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:14 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #28   john

    When I was in Afghanistan it took everything 3+ weeks to arrive. I think it may actually have been traveling by snail. Oh, and things got lost all the time. Thanks, USPS!

    Dec 2, 2010 at 5:06 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Canthz_B bang

      Well, ya gotta admit, that’s a pretty long walk for any letter carrier.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #29   Miss Ash

    Uncle Paul’s a d***.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 6:43 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #30   pony girl

    I’ve worked with the USPS (they were a client.)
    This email isn’t even that scary.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 7:50 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   Mo®

      I so want to make a Pony Express joke but can’t work a worthy one out right now.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 8:54 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #30.2   pony girl


      I’ll check back. No hurry.
      We’ll go by USPS time, not Pony Express time.

      Dec 2, 2010 at 11:49 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #30.3   Canthz_B bang

      Kudos to you, PG. 18 months of hard riding, but at least you got to travel. ;-)

      Dec 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #31   Nahhh bang

    The chip on Uncle Paul’s shoulder left no room for his head, apparently, so he stuck it up his ass.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 8:43 am   rating: 42  small thumbs up

  • #32   Danny

    I actually don’t get packages via USPS; in fact, I actively avoid companies who ship “stuff” via USPS. This is because of the utter unreliability of USPS. So suck it, Uncle Paul. Go back to steaming open envelopes to see if there’s any cash inside, and putting pieces of letters in those “sorry, our machine mangled your letter and all that’s left is this stamp” bags.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 8:48 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #33   raychel

    I was at my local USPS yesterday trying to mail a package. I waited forever so I’d use the term snail to describe everything realted to the USPS.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 9:09 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #34   HandyMarigolds

    Hm, let’s see:

    Reinforce stereotype of postal workers as ticking time-bombs of malignant narcissism: check!

    Reinforce stereotype of people over 50 as incapable of (A) interpreting slang dated later than 1975; (B) using e-mail without embarrassing themselves: check!

    Reinforce stereotype of civilians as unappreciative ingrates, totally full of ourselves: check!

    Well done, Unccy Paul.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 11:15 am   rating: 37  small thumbs up

  • #35   Dawn

    Dear Uncle Paul,

    Obviously my comment wasn’t made maliciously and I seriously suggest you seek some mental guidance in dealing with your very blatant issues regarding a commonly used, harmless term, such as “snail mail”. Furthermore, I couldn’t give a rat’s ass (another commonly used phrase. You can look it up on the internet) about your “list”. If you’d like to stay in contact with — during his deployment, please refer to the information sent to you in my previous email. Contacting me like this again will land you on my list. And unless you want to start receiving “stuff” via UPS or FedEx, it’s definitely NOT a list you want to be on!

    Please calm yourself. And fuck off.

    Snail Mail Sarah.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 11:30 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   LainTexas

      Damn. Why can’t I be as thoughtful and creative as the readers of this site??

      Dec 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #36   Miz

    “I always thought that “snail mail” referred only to the USPS. Anything sent overnight really isn’t “snail mail.””

    Consumer Reports rated USPS the best of all the ways (including Fed Ex and UPS) to send things overnight, in one week, and for the price, and that includes letters, media, and regular packages.


    Uncle Paul… is going a little far. But USPS rocks.

    Just try to send a card with Fed Ex. You won’t be bitching about stamp prices after that. (Oh, and don’t be surprised if there’s a line… even though it’s twice or three times the price of USPS.)

    Dec 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   Izzy4Realz

      I love USPS. They have always delivered my items on time, for reasonable prices. UPS, on the other hand, hates me because I live in an apartment. There have been times when they claim to have attempted to deliver a package when I have been home all day waiting by the door. If didn’t ship UPS I would never ever use them. :(

      Dec 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #37   Allie

    What a nutjob! Does he actually think anyone cares about his passive-aggressive, patronizing rant? I hope she didn’t bother to respond.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #38   TippingCows

    Why didn’t he just say something like this:

    “Sarah, I don’t want to send anything to your husband because I’m cheap and unappreciative of the work soldiers do!!!!!!!!!
    After all, I consider my job to be like that of a soldier because of all the crap I put up with – the weather, blocked mailboxes, working on Saturdays, etc.. I was also too much of a sissy to join the armed forces and on top of that, my “penis” is very small. So ……… in order to absolve myself of any shame associated with not sending you or your husband anything ever, I will pretend to take umbrage at your harmless remark because I’m in a pissy mood anyway and can’t really fathom how hard it is to leave your family to risk your life or to be the spouse of a soldier in a war. Even if you apologize ……………… I will keep you on the list so I have an excuse to not send you guys anything ever!!!!!!”


    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #39   Canthz_B bang

    I think she’s made his “Bucket List”.
    He’s been waiting a long time for her husband to be deployed, because he’d like to do her before he dies.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 6:28 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #39.1   George

      It’s NOT a list she wants to be on !!!!!!!!!!

      Dec 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #40   Canthz_B bang

    I hope the millions of respective Americans are as respectful of the USPS as this guy would like to think they are, or they could all get nasty letters in the mail.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #41   feathers


    Dec 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #42   Odious

    Uncle “PAUL” is acting like Sarah invented the term. Has he never heard the term before? Next thing you know he’ll freak out over “car” (it’s an automobile!!!) or “cop” (they’re police officers!!!).

    Maybe Sarah should suggest they communicate only by telegraph; wouldn’t want to anger those Western Union folks by using those dang newfangled “telephones”, sonny.

    Dec 3, 2010 at 11:12 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #43   Rob

    What’s this list he’s talking about? Is he going to kill her for calling it snail mail? (!!!!!!!!!)

    Dec 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #44   Amy

    I feel like someone needs to stick up for Uncle Paul. I read his e-mail as an attempt (albeit not a very good one) at humor. It’s not surprising that he’d be a little annoyed by the snail mail comment–people in lots of professions are touchy about weird things. I’m a librarian and lots of my colleagues wig out when buns and glassed and shushing are mentioned. That is, they talk among themselves about how it makes them wig out. They don’t seriously lose it with other people. I think Uncle Paul’s biggest offense is not keeping his audience in mind, and not realizing that Sarah might think he’s totally serious instead of mostly joking.

    Unless he has a long history of being unhinged, in which case the rest of you are probably right.

    Dec 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #44.1   Amy

      P.S. Oh, and I do not defend the exclamation points, humorously intended or not.

      Dec 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #45   cole

    This honestly makes me sick. Someone has just deployed and people have nothing better to do than to bitch about a term for mail?!

    Seriously, a big ol’ thank you to Sarah and her husband.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 2:48 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #46   molly moon

    1984 anyone?

    Dec 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #47   Amo2140

    I would just fed-ex him stuff from now on, including letters.

    Dec 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #48   Brian St. John

    “To avoid any potential in-law drama, she even had her husband read and sign off on the e-mail before sending.”

    I get the impression the entire family suffers from a martyr complex.

    Dec 17, 2010 at 8:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #49   valerie

    Uncle Paul is a jerk! My dad carried mail for 25 years, he’d never take this attitude!

    Dec 25, 2010 at 11:37 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #50   Ali

    Fucking seriously? Both my parents worked for USPS and they refer to it as “snail mail”. I even had a temp job with the post office and nowhere in my training did they tell us to act like a dick to someone that used the term snail mail.

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up


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