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A week to get an email message?

I thought messages generally failed if they were not delivered to the destination mail server within 24 hours. I guess I was wrong.

I received 2 email messages from the same sender that appear to have been 'mailed' 6 day ago. The only 2 Received headers were:

Received: from 127.0.0.1 (EHLO smtp1.av-mx.com) (137.118.16.57) by mta181.mail.ac4.yahoo.com with SMTP; Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:30:45 -0700
Received: from Office3 (unknown [ipaddr]) (Authenticated sender: sender email) by smtp1.av-mx.com (Postfix) with ESMTP id A8DAC1044A4 for <my email>; Wed, 21 Apr 2010 13:31:49 -0400 (EDT)

If I'm reading these correctly, the sender did send them last week (which is what he told me) but my email provider did not receive them until today because they sat at av-mx.com (whatever that is) for 6 days. Or did I miss something?

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(NT) USPS beta testing something??
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I don't think my postman would be amused ...

We actually get pretty good service from USPS most of the time, though odd things happen.

As best I can tell, the person who sent this email sent it through my ISPs mail system (we have the same ISP, and the headers on his message look like the same ones my ISP puts on a message) to my Yahoo address. That trip usually requires about 1 second. A delay of a week is extremely unusual.

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Nope, you didn't miss anything

Numerous times through the years my mail provider has let me know for one reason or another that the destination server could not be reached at that time and it would try again later. Sometimes I will get a server response days later that after N tries it has given up and the mail was not deliverable. If you happened to know someone in Haiti you could probably try it for yourself right now. The mail would sit somewhere for a day or more and then bounce back as undeliverable.

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