30. May, 2008 - another month

Been a busy week. I’ve had painters over painting my garage and the trim on my house, plus there’s been work, and various other things that didn’t get done during the Saints home-stand last week. Plus we’ve got a new intern at work who lives just a few blocks from me, and who doesn’t drive, so I’ve been giving him rides to and from work. It all combines to make my schedule feel just a little bit hectic.

the culprit
phone books don’t recycle?

And then yesterday morning my recycling was deemed not worth picking up. I’m pretty sure it was because of the phone books, but I’m not sure because they’re supposed to be recyclable, and when I called the city’s hotline, I was told they were. But there was no note from the guy, so I just threw the phone books and the plastic bottles into the trash, and gave the aluminum cans to a neighbor who’ll sell them for cash.

But because things have been generally pretty good, that’s all I have to rant about. What the heck is it with phone books? I know the phone company charges for yellow pages ads and such, and the charge is probably based on the number of people with the books, but why the heck is there no way to opt out of this tree-slaughter? As far as I can remember, I’ve used the things once in the past ten years, and that was during a power-outage when I wanted to see what number to call at NSP (and yeah, it was back before they changed their name).

And who besides spammers (both online and in your dead-tree mailbox) and the people who pass out hooker cards in Vegas think that this is a good business model? With search engines like google doing a better job of providing phone numbers if you’re in a hurry, do the phone companies get any better response rates than spammers? Is it enough to actually pay for all of those dead trees? I think it's time to say death to the phone book.

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:02:03.