Comment: No ice for Katrina? No water for Sandra? What's a woman to do?

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No ice for Katrina? No water for Sandra? What's a woman to do?

United States Postal Service® motto ~ Look upon the wisdom of ages.

Contrary to popular belief, the U.S. Postal Service ® has no official motto. However, a number of postal buildings contain inscriptions, the most familiar of which appears on the general Post Office facility on 33rd Street and 8th Avenue in New York City.

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat,
nor gloom of night,
stays these couriers from the swift completion
of their appointed rounds.”
---- Herodotus: 503 B.C.

William Mitchell Kendall of the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White supplied the inscription. According to Kendall, the sentence appears in the works of Herodotus and describes the expedition of the Greeks against the Persians under Cyrus about 500 B.C. The Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers, and the sentence describes the fidelity with which their work was done. Professor George H. Palmer of Harvard University supplied the translation, which he considered to be the most poetic of about seven translations from the Greek.

[Persia, 500 BC. Women gather around their drinking well.]

Katrina: “Neither snow, nor rain” ... the well is dry.

Sandra: “Nor heat, nor gloom of night” ... the Greek drums grow louder.

Irene: “... none stays these couriers from the swift completion... of their appointed rounds.” Wait a minute, wait a minute. [Victrola: The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman] Check & see.... Is there a letter? A letter for me?

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