Wine, Words & Wednesday, No. 132

Today’s words (and yes, I know it’s not Wednesday) come to us from the 1958 page-turner, The Commonsense Book of Wine by Leon Adams.

I was standing in line at the post office yesterday (there’s always a line at my post office).  And I’m always behind people who have super-complicated postal business.  People who want to compare every conceivable postal rate before deciding how to mail a package, and then agonizing over whether they want to save $1 or get the package to its destination a day sooner.  Flat rate boxes, people.  Use them.

And then there was the lady with two gigantic boxes she wanted to ship overseas, neither of which were taped shut.  (Urgh.  This is going to take forever.)  She was genuinely surprised when the postal clerk said he wasn’t going to tape them for her, and that she’d have to step out of line and handle that task before she could mail the boxes.  Oh well, at least that was entertaining.

I just needed stamps.

Ordinarily, I would just order stamps online (and skip the post office line altogether), but I needed them immediately.  I already missed the boat on mailing my holiday cards, so now they’re Happy New Year cards.  And if I don’t get the damn things in the mail, they’re going to be Groundhog Day cards.

Ahhh, finally my turn.  I asked for a roll of stamps and specified I’d like the self-stick variety.  The postal clerk looked at me like I had an extra head.  “Um, we don’t even make stamps that aren’t self-stick anymore.”  Apparently, I need to buy stamps more often.

Which brings me to today’s words . . .

I’m trying to remember the last time I licked the back of a stamp.  College, maybe?  I don’t recall stamps tasting bad, but wine is definitely better.



  1. I still have a few of those that need to be licked. Trying to figure out is it worth hanging onto a $.26 stamp just for the principle or will I someday need just that much more postage? Who knows? Stranger things have happened. Maybe someday it could become an antique.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Oh man, I laughed and laughed! Was a time stamps made me pucker and shudder, kind of like bad wine. Then in the 80s or 90s, the Post Office made a big deal about making the glue taste better. And it did. I love your meme. May I share it to my Facebook page, YayYay’s Kitchen?

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s