The I hate flying thread made me think about this for some reason.
A first class letter is a mind-bogglingly sweet deal.
I give you a piece of paper and $.42 and ask you to take it from Texas and drop it off at someone's home in Cleveland. You say "Sure. No problem" Then it shows up in Cleveland in 3 or 4 days. The correct answer should be "What the hell? Are you insane?" But it's not, that is a perfectly reasonable request.
Am I the only one who has considered just how absurd and beautiful this system is?
$.42 to pick up a piece of paper from my house and take it to pretty much any other house in the U.S., usually in less than a week.