A post office to love

It’s the one at 4300 Speedway, in Hyde Park. Yesterday morning, after our annual pilgrimage to the county tax office, we stopped at this postal branch to mail a couple of afterthought packages. Even though official opening time wasn’t until 8:30, three people were assisting those in line a good twenty minutes or more before that. There was a plate of cookies out on the counter for any who wanted one, and they looked good. As someone who doesn’t like to buy generic stamps from the lobby machines, I liked it that all the available issues are out in the open and visible, in contrast to those branches where a clerk has to open a drawer and turn pages to show designs one by one. Just as I’m on perpetual tour of Austin supermarkets and library branches, if I’m passing by a post office I like to check it out. This is one of the few old-style small branches, very much like the South Austin branch that is now home to Eco-Wise and the southside Vulcan Video. In other words, it’s smaller than the South Austin branch that will be the new Twin Oaks library one of these days. Anyhow, I loved seeing so many happy, unharried-looking people in one place at this time of year.

3 Comments so far

  1. ttrentham (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    This is in contrast to the 6th and Guadalupe location where they didn’t open the gates until a little after 8:30 and only had two clerks on duty. By 8:30, the line was already 15-20 people long and no cookies in sight.

    At least I had the distraction of a Fox 7 News crew which was there to take in the scene and interview the lady behind me, who later struck up a conversation with the older gentleman behind her.

    It turns out that both have been in Austin since the mid 1950’s and it was interesting to hear them talk about how Austin has changed. It seems to me after hearing them talk that most of the major changes have happened in the last 18 years since I moved here. The old guy mentioned that a neighbor had offered him the house next door on West 10th sometime in the 60s for $10,000. That same house sold last year for $700,000. I hope the people who bought it most recently are prepared to lose money because that price won’t hold.

  2. Rantor (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

    There were three clerks at work, probably all there was room for, and even the truck driver delivering the mail to the branch under private contract was jovial. Inside or outside the building there was not one unsmiling face. How rare, and in this busy season! I was third in line and they were stacking up quickly behind me.

  3. mizzzlaura (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

    I may have been dreaming, but I was at the 6th and Guadalupe post office this morning (12/18). I got there early, ready to queue up in line, at 8am when they indeed opened early (8:10am instead of 8:30am)! That made everyone there smile. I made it to work by 8:30am (before the P.O. was even supposed to be open).

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