You might think this bizarre, but I'm curious about the mailbox that you all seem to have in the US. I may be totally wrong but on TV I see mailboxes in peoples gardens where they have to go to collect their mail. I think, also, the mail-man collects your mail for posting from that box too if the little flag thing is up? In the UK we have a letterbox in our front-door where the mail-man posts our mail through and we collect it from the comfort of our own homes. To post mail, it's a little less convenient than your system as we have to go to the nearest postbox which, normally, is not too far. Whilst I appreciate that countries throughout the world have different ways and means of doing things, it's always puzzled me as to why Americans wouldn't prefer to have their mail delivered direct to their homes like we do in the UK. It seems to me an inconvenience to have to go outside to collect mail every day, and an inconvenience which is tolerated by a nation who are renowned for all things 'convenience'. Perhaps there are reasons, perhaps there's a history behind the system and why it's never changed. I'd certainly be interested to hear.