*sigh* Where do I begin? I sent out a check to a seller on December 22, and as we speak, she hasn't received it! Ugh, I'm so annoyed. She lives across the US from where I live, and I figure it got lost amongst the holidays and bad weather. I've heard horror stories of lost packages (and this happened to me, too!), but lost letters? I'm sure this is a common occurrence, albeit I did put a return address on the envelope! And it's not like I sent the letter 2nd class or anything! God, this is so cumbersome. In the meantime, I'm ready to put a stop payment and send a new one. And here's a kicker, too: I just found out that one of the schools I'm applying to for graduate school hasn't received a couple of my letters of recommendation. One of my references refused to send the letter to me (which she should have) and sent it directly to the school. They can't find it, and I'm wondering whether it even got through...gah. Part of the reason why I'm worried is because that envelope has my SSN on there, and I'm already a paranoid wreck after finding out I was a potential victim of identity theft. At least the professor who contacted me said that my GRE scores look good... THIS SUCKS! Thanks for letting me vent. I used to side with USPS, but now I'm not sure what shipping method I like after my problems with each and every one of them (DHL, Fed-Ex, UPS, etc....).