I have been informed by the United States Postal Service
that there is no longer such a location as Saskatchewan.
Each coming day welcomes more and more of my Christmas cards to my mailbox with the phrase "NO SUCH ADDRESS" stamped in bold red ink across the front of the envelopes that I had so methodically addressed early last month. I know for certain that the addresses are correct, as my cards made it to their intended recipients last Christmas, just as did they for miscellaneous occasions throughout the past year.
As such, I can only account for all of the "return to senders" by assuming that, in my absence, the entirety of Saskatchewan was sucked into the vortex of a black hole or perhaps detached from the rest of the continent and fell into the sea. That, and because the story did not have any American ties, it was not picked up by the media here - either that, or somebody at the USPS had simply never heard of Saskatchewan and was too quick with the red stamp.
So, if Saskatchewan does still exist, I would like to let the good folks back home know that I did not forget about you and, indeed, did send Christmas cards this year, but somewhere along the line from here to there, they were intercepted and returned to me. Please accept my apologies and well wishes for the belated holiday season
. On the other hand, if Saskatchewan does no longer exist, as has been suggested by the USPS, then I clearly have a lot of catching up to do.