It's the first time that I've ever had a REAL mailbox (not the little slot with a bunch of other slots at the end of the street) so it brings me much joy opening my mailbox when I get home. I have yet to use it for outgoing mail and put up the little red flag. Today I learned that the mailbox (anything that the US Postal Service uses to deliver your mail) is the property of the USPS. According to the United States Postal Inspection Service, the mailbox is federal property and therefore it is a crime to tamper with it (or steal from or even put anything in there that is not mail).
I love hand written letters with stamps on them. Perhaps I just like old stuff but I think it just takes more effort to write letters by hand or find an envelope and stamp. One of the coolest post offices I've ever been to is the one at the Waterfront in Boston (25 Dorchester Ave.) by South Station. It's open 24/7 and you can mail things on a SUNDAY! The workers there are also VERY knowledgeable about how mail get shipped, you can ask them anything and they know! So the next time you are in Boston, go grab a postcard and tell someone how much you enjoyed it and go mail it on a Sunday over by the Waterfront Post Office!
photo of Post Office by the Waterfront in Boston taken on July 12, 2009 (first time I ever sent mail on a Sunday)