Ten years ago I moved to rural Wyoming. So many things were different, of course, but there were some strange things that still defy understanding.
One of those was the delivery of six different telephone books. Some were sent to me in the mail, and some were dropped in my driveway. I have a very large circular driveway around the house, so I usually got two of them. Since the population of the entire county doesn’t go above 5,000 people, that didn’t make any sense at all. We even got a telephone book for a large area in the next state!
Since most entries in the various “yellow pages” require the business to pay for the “ad,” it was even more puzzling, but the bottom line was that most of the small “mom and pop” businesses I would use were not even listed. Put that together with the fact that more and more people use cell phones, not included in the white pages, and even one telephone book was pretty much useless. We won’t even consider that I’m mostly deaf, don’t have a cell phone, and don’t use a telephone much at all.
So, I wrote to the various entities sending phone books to opt out. They offer this right in the book, so I made the effort to save them a little money and effort. The phone books are not left in my driveway(s) much any more, but there seems to be no remedy for those that are mailed.
Each year I get a letter from each of them acknowledging the fact that I have opted out…. but they regret to say that postal regulations make it impossible to actually stop the delivery. They remind me that the book is 100% recyclable, but don’t touch on the fact that I could have gotten rid of the books and never needed to opt out if there had been such an option here in my town. I’ve asked… there isn’t.
So, I expect to have several large phone books clogging my small mailbox soon. They’d be glad to let me opt out, but as long as they send the things by mail it isn’t possible.
It would be nice if this silly catch 22 was limited to telephone books in the mail.
On a more serious note, I need a simple blood test. I’ve had one about every 10 years for much of my life, and it’s time…but I’ll probably pass.
In order to get the blood test, I’d have to see a doctor. He or she would not be willing to simply order that test on my say-so and, since it’s been ten years since I saw a doctor, I’m sure they would want to do all sorts of other things to me as well. I’m nearly 70, and I’m sure they’d find all sorts of little things they’d want to “treat.” I have no intention of allowing that, or the accumulation of “medical records” in their computers. I won’t, under any circumstances, take their pills or much of their “advice” either, so all that would be a massive waste of time, money and effort for all of us.
So I guess it is pointless for me to even worry about that blood test. It isn’t happening, though it could save me a lot of pain and misery. I know how to deal with the problem all by myself… if I know there is a problem.
But that’s not one of the options.