I'm thinking of changing my mail service. I've reached the inescapable conclusion that the only way I'll receive my royalty check within a reasonable time period is if I go with a private mail carrier. My publisher assures me that they mail the check out in a timely manner so the fault must lie with the United States Post Office. I believe they may have returned to the old Pony Express service.
Otherwise, it wouldn't take eleven days for my check to travel across a distance that I could cover in seven hours in a car. So USPS, you're out. Tomorrow I'll take out a contract with the Hogwarts Post Office, because goodness knows, I worry that the future postal services will only deteriorate. I figure at the current rate, it will soon take more than a month for the check to make the same distance.
Hogwarts, here I come.