Junk mail rant

hat’s better than the plastic bags?  Junk snail mail, that’s what. These flood my mailbox on a weekly basis. Off to the trash they go because, who wants to walk all the way to the recycle bin just for THAT? Not me, that’s for sure. And the trash can is just two steps away.

One day I found this gem in my box. A postcard from a local dentist. I thought I would ask to opt out. Located their website and politely asked. The answer was as follows:
Sept 26. Junk mail rant
Of course, off to the trash it went. And then to the landfill. The sender seems not to care one bit. In this age and time when everyone is super conscious about being earth friendly, ditches plastic bags and straws, here comes junk mail. Argh.

Am still researching how to opt out of it. Wish me luck

 

P.S. Off the topic, but where oh where the drop caps are gone? Used to be offered as an option as far as I remember but now vanished. So I had to concoct my own. I just like the effect.

Getting around without a smartphone

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 onfession: I am the one without a smartphone. But, this isn’t the end of the world. You can still do things that the lucky ones who own a smartphone take for granted. Such as booking a ride with Uber or Lyft, for example. However, Uber and Lyft are just a modern way of calling a good old taxi. Remember back in the day?
Aug 31. Taxi

Think you’re out of luck for a Uber or a Lyft ride if you don’t have a smartphone? Don’t bet on it. There are ways around it. You can simply use your computer and a non-smart cell phone.  Here’s how it works.

LYFT

First off, you authorize the ride request through this website https://account.lyft.com where you enter your phone number to which Lyft will sent a text with a code. At this point, all you have to do is use your trusty computer to enter your location and destination, make sure your payment information is correct, and voila! Press “Request Lyft”.

From that point on, the events are pretty similar to how it would be with the Lyft app on your smartphone (if you have one, that is). Lyft will text important updates so keep your phone close. You can also track the driver through the browser that you used to request the ride.

UBER

The process is similar to Lyft. You authorize your ride and enter your phone number through this web site https://m.uber.com, follow Uber prompts to enter your pickup location and final destination, tap “Request” and voila! Your Uber ride is requested.  Again, you can monitor the whereabouts of your car on your trusty computer.

A word to those who thinks that if you don’t have a smartphone, you shouldn’t be even riding Uber or Lyft. I for once don’t have it as I can’t afford. My prepaid Net10 phone is $15/mo; good for calls & texts, and the minutes will roll over. I have also cut cable and am using rabbit ears. But can go about riding a Uber or Lyft through my computer, the same one I’m writing this blog on.

Try living on $900 a month.
Source: How to request Uber or Lyft without a smartphone
https://ride.guru/content/newsroom/how-to-request-uber-or-lyft-without-a-smartphone

Snail mail problems

All of us are creatures of habit while some are more flexible and adapt to the changes when the time is right. The others are, well, keep up to the old ways no matter what.

Most of my neighbors are the former. They keep posting on the NextDoor website, complaining about their lost or misdelivered mail and efficiently labeling the Post Office bad.

Who still pays their bills by snail mail? My neighbors, that’s who.

So the bill payments are sent by USPS and then get promptly lost. Yet the chain of events continue in the same pattern. Bill payment is sent by snail mail — it gets lost — complain. Complaining to the USPS online falls on deaf ears. Then my neighbors hop in their cars and deliver said bill payment manually.

I can relate as I have been there, however since I switched to the online bill paying, the process goes ever so smoothly. I keep track of this on Excel, take screenshots to keep as a proof of payment, and that’s it. Have never had problems with that.

And my neighbors are still behind. I understand they might be concerned about transmitting their info electronically but how about snail mail? It has all their info, including bank account number, name, address and whatnot. All this has a great chance of ending up in the wrong hands.

What’s more, New York Times reports that the Postal Service now takes a photo of every letter and package mailed in the U.S. and provides that to law enforcement upon request.

Still love snail mail?

Mar 20. TDP Prompt LABEL. Snail Mail

The Daily Prompt: Label

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick’s Day is this coming Friday and is widely celebrated throughout the United States. However, meatless Friday presented a dilemma for those who wanted to eat corned beef and cabbage on Friday in the heart of Lent. After all, eating meat is an instinct.

So a special dispensation was issued by a few Catholic dioceses allowing a corned beef meal to be eaten on Friday without failing one’s religious principles.

Have a Happy St Patrick’s Day!

3 Mar 15. TDP Prompt INSTINCT - quote
The Daily Prompt: Instinct