Well, at lunch today I went to my local post office, waited, and filed a formal complaint about my mail service.
Surprise surprise, they had about 6 pieces of mail for me right then and there, and then this afternoon they delivered another 6 pieces of mail - including three bills we were waiting on (all lower this month than last - which is good). So that was probably worth spending some time on - now if only it also works with my personal mail at home as well.
On a related subject - I have noticed an odd trend of late - some number of people with whom I have corresponded for various reasons have simply not replied to email or messages I have left them. Not sure why, I hope it is not something I said or something in the manner in which I wrote, but it is disconcerting - a vague sense that people are not listening or don't care.
In business this is, perhaps, what I have to overcome to be a great salesperson - much like a major league baseball player, it is all about the averages, and a great performance from a salesperson is on the order of one in five people getting back to you when you pitch to them.
In personal correspondance however, I would hope it is not like sales - though I guess when you are first meeting someone you are "selling" - selling yourself.
Friends of mine seem capable of engaging quickly in conversations with people met online or in person - in a manner and way that I seem unable to anymore - once I was, now it seems more difficult - for some reason more often than not my emails go unanswered.