Massive deficits could force the post office to cut out one day of mail delivery (!), the postmaster general told Congress on Wednesday, in asking lawmakers to lift the requirement that the agency deliver mail six days a week.
If the change happens, that doesn't necessarily mean an end to Saturday mail delivery. Previous post office studies have looked at the possibility of skipping some other day when mail flow is light, such as Tuesday (!!!).
If, like me, you're an unhealthy movie obsessive ("cinephile" sounds so much more intellectual... but let's be real here), you likely just had the following thought plow through your head: "OH GOD... how will this effect my Netflix!?!?"
Yes. Like many other dorks, I have a comfortable system set-up already. A system that allows me to have four movies at a time, rotating in-and-out as if on an assembly line, assuring me that I'll have at least one movie at the house at a time while all together "renting" more in a month than my subscription fee adds up to.
But if we move to only five days of mail a week, all of that Netflix joy (pictured below) could be lost....
You see, Netflix already kind of screws the customer by not processing DVDs on a Saturday. However, Saturday is still a travel day for mail, meaning movies will make it to your mailbox, and, more importantly, your outbound movies will make it to the Netflix mailbox. (Put a movie in the mail on Saturday and Netflix will have it by Monday).
But let's say the USPS decides to go weekend-free with their deliveries/pick-ups. That means you'd have to have your movie(s) in the mail on Friday morning for a Monday processing. Worse, if USPS decides to take Tuesday off, you could put a movie in the mail on a Saturday, and not receive your next arrival until Wednesday!!
I mean, I'm lucky in that I could just cancel my Netflix and go back to relying solely on local video stores. But, see, I'm worried about people like Rick Olson who lives on a boat in Alabama, or the Kindertrauma boys who live in a castle out in the country, or Jonathan Lapper, who lives in a tree house in South Carolina. THESE are the people that will suffer! President Obama, what are you gonna do for these people, sir???
1. Netflix can contract with FedEx. (This will likely cause an increase in subscription fees because of postage issues, etc.)
2. Netflix can rely more heavily on its Watch Instantly feature. (F**k that! I'll be canceling if that's the case. I ain't watching Paris, TX on my laptop!).
3. Netflix can lower it's subscription fees.
4. Perhaps USPS can still deliver to P.O. boxes on their "day off".
Ahh, who knows. This is probably just premature paranoia on my part. Like I said, I'm mainly just worried about people like Bill R. who lives on the second floor of the library in the 700-800 section.