Venice goes postalBy
To be fair, it’s not just Venice: It’s all of Italy.
Brace yourselves, because I’ve got some news. At the post office today I noticed a sign giving the new postage rates.
To mail a postcard — not your novel, not the story of your life — a measly little postcard, from Italy to the U S and A now costs 1 euro and 60 cents.
Not only is that double the previous rate (already high, in my opinion), it is the equivalent of $2.08.
Two dollars and eight cents for one (1) stamp to mail one (1) postcard.
The woman at the window told me that it wasn’t Italy that shot the rates into outer space, it was My Country, ‘Tis of Thee. I have no idea how these things work, but I do know what it feels like to knock your elbow against the edge of the door, and this is like that.
What I hear now is the sound of text messages and e-mails flying around the stratosphere bringing greetings from your Italian vacation to Aunt Bertha, your twin sister, your niece, your dog. What I also hear is the sound of postcards not being sold, and stamps not being sold, at least to Americans.
You had to know, and better now than later. Now you can plan to spend the money you would have paid for stamps and postcards on something else. Like buying a house. Or a horse.