i waited my turn, and finally got to the counter. i told the clerk that i needed some forever stamps and to mail off two letters. we don't use that many stamps (thank you internet bill pay. speaking of which, i better go pay some bills). the first cost about $1.50 and the marine's envelope cost a forever stamp. sweet! since there were pictures enclosed with his letter, i asked it it were possible to hand stamp it so that i wouldn't get bent and/or folded.
"yeah, that'll be an extra .17¢ to keep it out of the machines."
i thought he was joking. not that .17¢ was expensive, but that it cost an extra .17¢ to hand stamp something.
"sure," i replied.
"well worth the .17¢" he chimed back.
he then proceeds to take out his stamp and stamp the envelope. i guess everybody is hurting these days...