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Coronavirus (20): A Light-Hearted Moment in the Post Office

I have not ventured out much since the Coronavirus pandemic deepened here in New York City. But I did have a chance around the time that I went grocery shopping (three weeks ago) to stop by the Post Office to mail a small package to a friend. I have truly marveled at the hard work---and courage---displayed by all of the men and women who are delivering the mail during a period of high stress and high volume, whether from the USPS, Fed Ex, UPS, or any number of other delivery services, not to mention the folks who deliver from restaurants, pizzerias, and other eateries in the neighborhood.

But my last visit to the Post Office gave me a chuckle. Three postal workers are sitting behind thick plexiglass windows, and the line is short. A window opens as the customer just ahead of me departs. I walk over to the window.

Here's a dialogue worthy of Plato:

She (the postal worker): Oh, I was just going on break.
Me: Oh, I'm sorry. That's okay, I'll just wait for the next window to open.
She: No, no, it's okay, sweetheart. Hand it over.
Me: Are you sure? I can wait, it's not a big deal!
She: No, no, I'll be happy to take care of this quickly... it's just that I gotta pee like Seabiscuit!
Me: (Convulsed in Laughter... happily handing the package over to the postal worker) -- At least I'm old enough to know who Seabiscuit is!
She: Don't make me laugh, sweetheart, or there's gonna be a problem!

Only in New York! :)