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The U.S. Postal Service may seek a rate increase. In the era of e-mail, who cares? It's like raising the price of inkwells and encyclopedias.

Perhaps on the new obsolete postage stamp, they could put a picture of Al Gore.

Many grocery chains are replacing cashiers with scan-it-yourself machines. Why lay off one of the nicest groups of people in the world? When you ring the buzzer at the meat counter, will the butcher be a robot?

By the time my geezer-cohorts and I hold up the line fiddling with the credit card gizmo while attempting to scan a tomato — everyone's food will have expired.