Before we left on our vacation, I went to the United States Postal Service's web site and requested a vacation hold for our mail.
I printed the receipt acknowledging the request, which included instructions to hold all mail until we picked it up at the post office upon our return.
We cruised back home this afternoon. Our landlord handed us a pile of mail and said it began showing up four days ago.
I called the phone number on the receipt. I talked to a very nice man named Jay who duly took the information and said that someone would call me on Tuesday.
Just to be sure, Bob and I headed to the Main Post Office in Long Beach to see if they had any more of our mail.
Sure enough, the very nice postal clerk came out with another pile of mail and many apologies.
BTW-two years ago we put our mail on vacation hold. The following January, two days worth of mail postmarked in August showed up in our mail box.
It makes one wonder...