When posting my old copy of Mac OS X.3 which I sold through amazon’s site (huge fees but very hassle free), I had another run-in with the postal service. I first went to the post office but the queue there was so damn long that I chose to use the stamp selling machine again… Just to discover it was out of order – and apparently is called
WZ-Automat by the post office inhabitants, where it’s left up to the visitor to figure out that
WZ is short for
Wertzeichen and probably ultra-short for
Postwertzeichen, i.e. post value marks, which is how bureaucrats like to think of stamps.
But I remembered that there’s another one of these machines on the other side of the road – which is kind of absurd as it’s just standing there and they removed the postbox next to it a while ago. So I got my stamps there and then walked back to the post office to put the package into the post box. Which was the next thing I failed at, because it was too thick to go in. There is a maximum height for letters but I was still within that range. So there went my last respect for the postal service – which in a good bureaucratic way I had assumed to build their post boxes so the openings have a height which actually relates to the maximum allowable height. But it doesn’t… and there I went into the long queue.
It didn’t move too slowly but it still took a while. So I was positively surprised when a guy walked through the line distributing little packs of candy and apologising for the long wait. It didn’t save me time but surely made me feel better.
Received data seems to be invalid. The wanted file does probably not exist or the guys at last.fm changed something.