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December 2nd, 2003
05:12 pm


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Tired. Procrastinating. Should be making an effort to look up university prospectuses online, but the thought of making so active a step towards leaving Cambridge is depressing. Should at least try and choose my essay, but... well, that's depressing too. Or could learn my lines for the play, but the essay and the PhDs are more important so get priority....

Have found out that my ex (who hates me) has his heart set on a PhD with the superviser I've been toying with the idea of talking to all term. It's awful at this stage. I have a person I care about to compete with every way I turn... (Note To Future Self: should make fewer friends as a undergraduate so feel less bad about competeing with them for PhD places in future)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but second class stamps are completely pointless... I mean, when is a saving of 7 pence worth telling someone "Ah, I wrote you a letter, but I didn't really care when it got to you..." Other than for big charities/ spam companies etc. Oh, and my mother, who likes sending things second class.

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Date:December 2nd, 2003 09:37 am (UTC)
You're wrong (well, you did ask!). Second-class stamps (which save 8p IIRC -- 20p vs 28p) are useful for letters to faceless bureaucracies that only have to get there this month, cheques for tuppence for things off eBay, and of course those occasions when you want to give the impression of not caring (though not using a stamp at all works better for that).
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Date:December 2nd, 2003 10:22 am (UTC)
Also for letters to places where even second class will get there next day (like Cambridge and, er, my parents' house, for some reason, despite it being half a country away).
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Date:December 2nd, 2003 10:42 am (UTC)
Really? I use second class about as much as I do first. If they're not urgent, second class is just the job to pay bills by post, send greeting cards, mail-order...
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Date:December 2nd, 2003 10:47 am (UTC)
It matters when buying stamps in bulk which is what I usually do. I tend to buy a number of stamps, mostly 2nd class. Then use 2nd class stamps as a default and only use 1st class when it really matters, for personal letters or overdue bills for example.
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Date:December 3rd, 2003 01:00 am (UTC)
second-class stamps exist for the cambridge administrative bureaucracy to send negative letters with the added subtext of "you are such a waste of my time and energy, you second-class citizen" so that they arrive five days after the date on the letter ...

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