Friday, October 16, 2009

To Be or Not to Be a Mailman, That is the Question

Sean Pearson writes on Alaska's Homer Tribune website that he often wonders if he should have become a mailman.

"It’s not so much the glory of wearing the spiffy blue uniform or the excitement at becoming an avid philatelist that gets me thinking about my career choices," says Sean.

Apparently all three of his grandfathers were postmen – and he feels somewhat obligated to carry on that "postal torch." From all accounts, each grandpa had a lengthy and enjoyable career as a mailman.

Sean thinks he’d be good at the "whole mail thing."

"I was pretty speedy when it came to sorting those little plastic blocks that you had to push through the different-shaped holes in kindergarten. And I remember doing a pretty darn good job as class messenger in the fourth grade," he writes.

Still Sean's not sure if he's emotionally mature enough to deal with jokes about “going postal.” And wonders just what it was that caused so many postal workers to snap back in the ‘80s and ‘90s that someone felt it necessary to coin a phrase.

Sean points out, "You never hear of any drill-wielders going “dental” or overworked and underpaid teachers going “educational.”

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM