In my probably misguided optimism over the future of my border community, I decided to renew my long extinct passport card. I've kept a valid book since I was eighteen but I let the card go since I haven't crossed the border in several years. But retirement is (one hopes) looming so I thought it would be handy to be able to slide back and forth without schlepping the book. So I dug out the dead card and stuck it in an envelope with an application, alarmingly unflattering recent photo, and a small check to offset a drop or two of the nation's ocean of debt. Per Mike Pompeo's friendly advice, I sent my envelope certified mail to track its progress through the ruins of the U.S. Postal Service. The envelope promptly froze, according to the USPS app, at in route delivery estimated for December 11. What year the app does not say. This morning, however, my bank dutifully reported that Mr. Pompeo cashed my check! Sooo...he must have gotten my envelope even though the Postal Service says it's still stuck in traffic! The physical envelope traveled faster than the electrons reporting the fact?