Every 4th Thursday I go through the pile of stuff I keep on my desk for a month before throwing it away.
I’m retired, but I recall doing the same thing when I had a desk in an office. The work stuff was higher class; for example, an announcement about an upcoming seminar on a subject I needed to learn more about. But I recall doing the same thing with my work pile that I do with the current monthly pile; that is, into the trash.
This month my pile includes, but is not limited to, the following:
– 3 coupons for cleaning the air vents in our home
– 4 offers for discounted food from restaurants
– 2 coupons for plumbing services
– 3 coupons for tires or auto repairs of some sort
– Several reduced cost massage offers
– Various magazine subscription offers
– Publishers Clearing House (need I write more?)
– Several home security systems – free!
– LifeLock ID theft services (might do this one)
– 3 offers for investment services
– Pressure washing and painting services – discounted
– Insurance flyers of all sort – life, health, auto, homeowners
– Sales on mattresses
– Cable TV offers – 200 channels I don’t have time to watch even though retired
– Tools at huge discounts
– Clothing and shoe sales from everybody who sells them
– Hearing aid equipment – huh?
– 4 retirement/assisted living brochures, each one more than tempting
(especially the ones that include meals and golf)
– Local publications I like when I first see them but never read them
(what am I missing?)
I do not exaggerate; I kid you not. The list is roughly the same every month.
Once a quarter or so I try to take somebody up on an offer, an effort that usually results in calls that are not returned, small print I couldn’t read even if I knew it was there, or astonished sales clerks telling me that deal was cut off 2 months ago.
Had a guy from one of the air vent cleaning establishments a while back say: “We didn’t mean all the air vents.”
And that’s a fitting end for this edition.