Understanding the Post Apocalyptic Genre

It seems every year that goes by, more and more people become fans of the post apocalyptic genre of movies, TV series and books. People just cannot get enough of stories about the end of society and civilization. Is it because these people are lunatics, hell bent on wishing the world would come crashing down, or is it something more?

Apocalypse movies and books are nothing new. They have been around forever and tales of the looming apocalypse are as ancient as the Bible. Seer’s, prophets you name it, end of the world predictions and fictional tales have been big business for as far back as you search in recorded history.

This fascination with the apocalypse and the end of the world is as old as mankind. What draws so many fans to this dark and dreary view of society? Is it their hatred of the modern world or their place in it? Or is it their hope for a better future that can only rise from the ashes of modern society?

Whatever it is, it is booming and the questionable 2012 Mayan prophecies have continued to stoke this fictional fire. As economies start to teeter on the brink of destruction and even megalithic empires like the USA reveal their own inherent weaknesses, surviving in a post apocalyptic world becomes a more and more likely prospect in the minds of every day people. This in turn translates to more and more interest in the post apocalyptic genre.

The post apocalyptic genre usually centers in on a group of people trying to survive insurmountable odds. Some outside or internal force has brought society to a screeching halt and people are left to rely on their instincts, skills and ultimately luck. The people are usually tried through a variety of life or death circumstances that requires them to question their own human, civilized morality.

It is this aspect in particular that makes the post apocalyptic genre so popular. People realize their own morality and view their dealings with people and society differently when they weight it against the prospect of the collapse of civilization. This strikes a cord in people and makes them appreciate the comforts of their own lives to a greater degree.

Nothing quite puts life into perspective like post apocalyptic stories. These stories ultimately make people reach deep within themselves to judge their own capabilities and short comings. Many people become interested in survival skills and “doomsday prepping” from the post apocalyptic genre.

Whatever it is specifically that motivates each individual to become interested in the genre, this genre is here to stay.

Is the Post Office Open? It Pays to Check For Holiday Closures

When you have something you need to mail right away, whether it’s a get-well card for a friend or an important business letter, there’s one annoyance you don’t have time for: a wasted trip to the post office.

The U.S. Postal Service maintains a fairly predictable schedule throughout the year, but it is closed on several holidays. But since the post office doesn’t necessarily follow the same holiday system as banks, schools and even states, trying to remember if it is open or not can be a confusing proposition.

For example, when July 5 (the day after Independence Day) falls on a Monday, the post office is closed. But if July 5 is in the middle of the week, it is open.

Also, the U.S. Postal Service does not do business on Memorial Day. Essentially, branches are closed on all federal holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

By finding out ahead of time whether the office is open or closed, senders can save time (and money, if they’re mailing “on the clock”).

Knowing the post office status also ensures that people don’t miss out on other options, such as using a private express mail service that is open such as UPS, FedEx or a storefront packaging and mailing service.

When planning a trip to mail letters or packages, it’s also important to keep in mind the hours of the particular branch you plan to visit. For example, some cities have multiple locations, but only one of them may be doing business on Saturdays.

Sometimes, you might want to not only know if it is open today, but also if it is open tomorrow, the following day. In cases like this your options include consulting a convenient website that tracks post office status, calling the post office itself or visiting the USPS website.

Knowing when the branch is open lets home and business users plan, avoid costly courier fees and still get important mail to its destination on time.

Copyright 2010 by Kevin Savetz

The Power of the Post Cap

Most people spend a lot of time researching and looking at all kinds of fences before making up their minds. That is a very important part of making your yard an outdoor living space that is both attractive and safe. However, many of those same people forget to finish the project. They do not understand that post caps are not just decorative, but protect the top of the wooden posts from cracking and splintering. This applies to fence and gate posts, deck and staircase posts and any post that is left exposed to the elements.

Though post caps function very well to protect the top of the post, one of the greatest things about them is the fact that they are pretty. They are small decorative structures that enhance the look of any fence or deck for your yard.

Deck and fence caps come in fine outdoor cedar and redwood. You can find them in slip-over, non slip-over and even with copper tops. There are also places that can make custom post caps if you need something a little different form the norm.  All wood post caps must be sealed with a stain or primer to ensure a long life in the harsh outdoor environments and are very easy to install.

The other thing that post caps do that no one things about is covering up any uneven mill cuts or other eyesores on top of the fence or deck post. With so many varieties to choose from, there is a post cap that will fit your needs.

If you want a little more pizzazz, add a finial. It just gives you that something special feel to make your yard a one of a kind. There are as many finial choices as there are post caps so you can have a great time putting those looks together to find what is perfect for you.

A non slip-over post cap is normally glued and/or nailed with finishing nails to the top of the post, depending on the finish you choose. Slip-over caps actually slip over the post and can be attached as well by glue or finishing nails. As long as you take care of the fence post caps per the manufactures requirements your post caps will last a good long while.

When it comes to something different and wonderful, you must take a look at the copper topped post caps. They also come in standard and custom sizes and you can order them with the base post cap in either cedar or redwood. These fantastic tops turn a beautiful patina out in the elements and each one has their own particular markings that are custom in their own right.

Of course, just like all of the wood post caps, copper topped caps need their own kind of maintenance in order to maintain their beauty. Any good shop will have instructions on how to best prep and care for your wood copper posts caps. 

There are few things that make this kind of difference on a fence where you see how beautiful the fence is, yet not sure why. You will love what is does for your fence and deck and will wonder why you did not think about post caps or finials before. It is a great way to make a small modification that will make a huge change.