Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Somebody in the government has too much time on his hands!

Hat in Progress

We used to have this nice simple customs form. Piece of cake to fill out. No two pages of tiny print with instructions, just one easy simple form.

Clearly somebody in the federal government decided that that was much too clear and easy to fill out. After all, why do something simple when complex can be done instead. So now we have a booklet. Pages 1 and 2 give lots of instructions, all in tiny print with lots of legal verbiage. I'll spare you the reverse side.

And then 3 pages, all pretty much the same except for the last page being the actual shipping label. One is a "scan" copy; the next one is the post office copy, and the last page is the customer copy and the shipping label. And you get to fill out all 3 pages. Is this overkill or what?

The forms actually came out last December, but my little post office never had them. Now this is what is available. I suppose that someone's position was saved by producing this masterpiece, but it really is overkill. Bah!

Hat progress:

I'm at the decreasing top of the tam. I have to do this in very short bits because my wonky wrist objects to it. I adore stranded knitting, but the wrist doesn't. So I'll take my time, and what was a 1-2 day project, will now last much longer. Not that I'm in a hurry. Given that it's going to be in the 90s again today, I don't think I'm going to need this hat anytime soon. Autumn, I'm ready!

1 comment:

Henya said...

Love that hat!
The post office remains an enigma to me. Got home today and three out of four packages got here safe. I feel like I won the lottery.
By the way I have seen the new forms at my Mom's post office in Philly. But there the postal clerk just made a few mystery marks on the forms and stuck them on. Nothing for me to do.


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