Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The idiosyncracies of junk mail



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When you get to a certain age, the junk mail people, who seem to know all about you, start sending you nice little suggestions for planning your funeral, so that your "loved ones" don't have to bother. You can pay now if you want to, but I don't want to.

And then someone else - as this morning - sends you a catalogue of "activity clothing". Horrible lycra shorts, sexless bras, that kind of thing. I don't want those, either.

I wish they'd make up their minds. Best of all, I wish they'd all bugger off and leave me alone.

(Wonderful Rob has restored wonderful Old Blogger. For the time being...)

13 comments:

  1. And all I ever get (in terms of junk mail) are adverts about penis enlargement! The last time I looked, I didn't have one. And I determined to stay that way, thank you very much.

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    1. Quite right, Librarian. Who wants a silly old penis anyway?

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    2. Actually at my age I would't mind a new one - silly or otherwise!

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  2. And while all this junk is falling through our letter-boxes, we're being encouraged to recycle - I wish they'd bugger off too :-) x

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  3. Teresa, you are so right. Most of our post goes straight from letterbox to recycling box without passing go (or being opened).

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    1. I put it straight into the recycling too, especially after I hit the big 5.0. They wished me Happy Birthday and offer me a funeral Plan at the same time. Made me want to save up all my birthday money to treat myself to a nice headstone with a lovely verse of my own choice on it :-)

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  4. We've moved to the country recently so aren't getting half so much as we used to, but it is increasing again, I've noticed. Such a shame - and I do agree about recycling. What a waste of the planet's resources. The thing, though, is it must work for some firms - because they keep on sending the stuff out.

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    1. I feel sorry for the postmen/ women, Biddy. All those heavy catalogues!

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  5. Oh, I thought you were going on about junk email, not paper mail... sorry, missed the plot here a bit!
    Thankfully, junk mail has reduced quite a lot here in Germany over the last 10 years or so. We still get plenty of furniture and other brochures with our weekly paper, but not that many other letters. Also, it does help a little to have a sticker on the mail box that says (in German, obviously) "No adverts, please".

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  6. That sticker might work in Germany, Meike, but I doubt whether it would have the slightest effect over here!

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    1. It doesn't always work here, either, but most of the kids who distribute leaflets and brochures here are instructed to respect them, and do so.

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  7. Yesterday I was offered 2 different life insurances and a water butt. Thanks but no thanks.

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  8. I have a great system. Pat throws everything away that comes to Eagleton when I'm in NZ. In NZ it all goes to The House and not The Cottage (They never think to put two lots in our mailbox I'm pleased to say). Come to think of it since I've been back in Eagleton they seem to have given up on me. I wonder if I have become a non-person. Now I feel neglected, unloved and unwanted. Oh dear.

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