Signs of the Times

In the time before the War on Terror, I would have thought nothing at all of a box sitting on top of the mailbox in which I'd dropped two movies to go back to NetFlix.

But this is a whole new era and I approached that mailbox with some substantial trepidation about the non-descript brown box sitting on top of the blue mailbox. It appeared to have been left there by the sender with proper postage but why would he have not taken it to the Post Office a few hundred feet down the street? Who would leave their package on top of the mailbox where it could be stolen or thrown into the street easily?

One of the unreported casualties of the War on Terror is the loss of the ability to trust in your fellow man to not leave a bomb on top of a mailbox. And, in some quarters, that is a defeat all on its own.