Well, we're not talking about an expedited shipping service here, but even so, here's the tracking data so far for my package:
Customs clearance processing complete CANADA August 11, 2013 12:37 pm
Customs Clearance CANADA August 9, 2013 10:07 am
Processed Through Sort Facility CANADA August 9, 2013 10:07 am
Processed Through Sort Facility ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS) August 4, 2013 11:43 pm
Depart USPS Sort Facility AUSTIN, TX 78710 August 2, 2013
Processed through USPS Sort Facility AUSTIN, TX 78710 August 1, 2013 9:03 pm
Dispatched to Sort Facility AUSTIN, TX 78728 August 1, 2013 3:30 pm
Acceptance AUSTIN, TX 78728 August 1, 2013 3:21 pm
Electronic Shipping Info Received July 31, 2013
The package appears to shoot across the states and then stops dead at what one presumes to be the border.
It would be so awesome if the US and Canada, being essentially sibling nations and sharing rather more values and culture than ever separates them, could actually get their act together and make that "longest land border" go away. Almost unbelievably the Europeans have managed this. Who would have thought that possible after having been multipartite enemies for most of recorded history? Even today, the complexities of European politics strike me as fare more fervently protectionist than I'd expect between the US and Canada, but I guess I'm wrong about that.
Mutter, mutter, grumble, grumble.
Oh well, the wait continues...