Kirby: Sometimes I just don’t get it

God will forgive you, but the bureaucracy won’t.


Hyman Rickover

This might be one of the reasons people sometimes question post office procedure.

Earlier this month, I sent my great-niece a birthday card. She’s 3.

Her dad (my nephew) is in the Air Force in Texas and they live near the base.

I used the address I had used for their family Christmas card.

About a week and a half later, the birthday card was returned to me. Across its front was a yellow sticker that read ‘FORWARD TIME EXP RTN TO SEND.”

I took that to mean the family had moved and the post office will only put up with forwarding its mail for a certain period of time.

I called my sister, their mother/grandmother, and she confirmed they had moved and gave me the new address.

But here was the curious thing, to me, at least.

On the same yellow sticker on the front of the returned birthday card was the current address of my niece and her parents.

It was in the same little town in Texas.

In other words, they knew where my niece lived, but instead of walking over to the other side of the post office and putting it in the correct box, they put it on an airplane, flew it back to Georgia, trucked it to my local post office, and had my letter carrier give it back to me.

I guess someone is trying to make a point, follow a rule or enforce a policy.

If so, I don’t think it makes sense.

SPEAKING OF BIRTHDAYS: I had one earlier this month (And no, it’s not April 1) and when I went to my laptop search engine to Google something, I saw the little Google illustration that day was a series of birthday candles spelling out G-O-O-G-L-E.

“How about that?” I thought to myself. “Google celebrates the same day I do.”

Then I dragged the cursor over the top of it, and a little message appeared, “Happy Birthday, Bill.”

So … I guess Google knows my birthday.

Wonder what else it knows?

FOOD DRIVE: The greatest demand for food on food banks peaks in the summer. Attorney Nathan Jolles is participating in the sixth annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy through April 28.

Drop off nonperishable and non-breakable canned goods and boxes of food to 2812A Hillcreek Ct., Augusta, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Or write a check payable to: Golden Harvest Food Bank and mail it to the above address, or donate online at

TODAY’S JOKE: The young third-graders returned from spring break and their teacher was asking them where they had been.

“We went to Minneapolis, Minn.!” little Johnny said excitedly.

“Very good, Johnny,” said the teacher. “Can you spell that?”

The little boy looked at her for a moment, then said, “You know, I think we just went to Ohio.”


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