- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 12, 2006

I don’t wish to be inappropriate in invoking the Deity’s favor on a web-based DVD rental firm, but a little note in my in-box reminded me of something I’d meant to say earlier in the week. And that is that I do not know how Netflix does its “thing,” but they do it very, very well: Over the weekend, we sent back a couple of DVDs and even though the Columbus Day holiday should have shut things down, mail-wise, they not only acknowledged the returns, they somehow sent out the next items in our queue, which arrived — yippee! — on Tuesday, a latter-day echo of Herodotus’ famous quote, which was modified for a United States Post Office Department (now U.S. Postal Service) motto:

It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey. These are stopped neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.

(Source: https://www.atrium-media.com/rogueclassicism/2003/09/07.html ; look for “TTT” entry)

Again, I don’t know how Netflix does it, but oh boy, do they do it well!

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