Glad to Live Here
by Andrew Rafalski
Saturday, May 03, 2003
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This is semi-poetry. Poetry is dead, according to Newsweek.
Glad to Live Here
But itís better than Iraq, for now
Now take the postal system.
Itís well oiled
if you ask me
pay 37 cents to send a letter
and every day get 15 pieces
of junk mail
Subsidized by YOU,
each costing 6 cents to mail
How clever of them !
to device a system
where I pay for the junk mail
I don't want. I asked the post office
once not to send me junk mail.
They were very indignant ~ .
and told me
ďeveryone is free to send out junk mail.Ē
It's my tough luck
I'm not free to refuse it.
While on the subject of mail, donít you love those envelopes with instructions on how to open them? They are usually bills. You are supposed to CAREFULLY bend and tear off the right edge, then bend and CAREFULLY tear off the left edge, and finally the bottom edge, CAREFULLY, unfold and then re-use that same envelope by refolding it according to another set of instructions, sending your check or return message.
I see the purpose in this. Sure.
It saves the sender maybe half a cent by using the same envelope. Never mind that it costs the recipient 5 minutes to open the contraption.
Iíve learned to ignore those things and open the envelope the usual way, tearing it off with a finger, ruining the beautifully designed re-usable construction.
Theyíll probably pass a law against doing that. I may end up in jail for not opening an envelope in the manner the government prescribes. In Patriot III it will probably be a criminal offense, like terrorism.
Copyright © 2003 by Andrew Rafalski
Writing on the Wall
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|Reviewed by jude forese
|junk mail generates 40 billion dollars a year... without it the postal service could not survive and 900,000 people would be out of a job... just throw it in the garbage...|
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|I have to agree,I hate the junk mail but the mailmen, have to deliver it,I always wonder where ones rights begin and anothers ends...it's a dichotomy! Good write!|
|Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen
|:) Capitalism is, of course, always looking for that extra buck, Andrew, nice write on one of the tedious fallacies we face living free. I think the instructions are there so if people open them incorrectly and get a paper cut, they have little recourse to suing. :)|