Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Meaningless irksome things -

I live in Northern Virginia, therefore my 'hometown' newspaper is The Washington Post. I get it delivered to my door every day. Yes, fancy that, a real paper newspaper delivered everyday, to be read with breakfast.   I pay approximately $58 a month for this indulgence but it does include all-access to the digital version as well. I have no idea how much an issue of The Post would cost if you bought it at a store or how much the Sunday Edition is , it's more because you get more 'stuff' and they use more paper.

At any rate I just got an email that said I will be getting a special expanded edition on Wednesday, August 12 and I will be charged the Sunday edition price. The expanded edition will contain special sections that I have zero interest in. The email included a link in case I had any questions. Using that link, I went to my account and it said I could opt out of the expanded edition. Well, I clicked that puppy right quick and then this notice popped up; "You opted out of the August 12 expanded edition As a valued Washington Post Subscriber, you will still receive the expanded edition, but you won't be charged for it."  I must say that is nice of them. I won't get charged extra for something I don't want and didn't ask for but they will give it to me anyway.

I wonder how many home delivery subscribers are opting out? I wonder how many subscribers actually know how much they pay every two months and whether they will notice that their next bill will be a bit more.

Staying on the subject of where I live - Northern Virginia and the part of Maryland that abuts Washington DC are referred to as "suburbs of Washington DC" or "Washington DC Metro Area".  I have always resented that. These are 3 separate areas - and I see no reason why DC should take precedence over Virginia or Maryland.  They appropriated bits of Virginia and Maryland to create DC and, if memory serves me right, a few years ago some folks in Alexandria, VA made noises about taking their part of DC back. Quite frankly I don't know why anyone would want ANY part of DC - aside from the Lincoln Memorial and the Viet Nam memorials, I never found anything there remotely attractive and it most certainly not an attractive place to live. (Yeah, please don't tell me about the Smithsonian museums or the National Zoo - )

Moving on to other meaningless irksome things -

I'm still a little irked, and maybe confused, that my niece hasn't made any effort to contact me since she is the one who initiated contact.  I try to be a "shit or get off the pot" sort of person, if you go to all the trouble of tracking someone down, exchanging all means of communication (phone numbers, email addresses, yadda, yadda, yadda) then just blank - why bother in the first place.

So - are my feelings hurt a little, yeah, kinda. Is it a big deal? No, not really. She has played this game before. I don't like games. I can understand where she is coming from, to some extent, but damn, the woman is 46 - time to grow up and shit or get off the pot.

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