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Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Sp*m, and Snail Mail

May 7, 2009

The other day I was investigating the possibility of refinancing our mortgage. In the process, I found out that the escrow payment had increased by $300. Lest ye think I was ignorant, you’d be right! Apparently Wells Fargo had sent me a notice in the mail. You know, that sequel to the Pony Express – the US Postal Service – amusingly referred to as “Snail Mail.”

Not long ago, I had an interesting discussion with my online pharmacy – Medco.  The one that refuses to send me email.  Check the irony in this.  They are an online establishment, but they won’t use email to contact me.  Yet most of the snail mail I receive from them is sp*m.  Much like my bank, my ISP (Qwest), and everything from my magazine publishers – except (arguably) the magazine itself – it’s all sp*m!

I watch the paper stack up on my desk.  It goes into three piles – roughly.  One for sp*m, one for “important-stuff-that-should-be-filed,” and one for “important-mail-I-must-read-and/or-act-upon-soon.”  Though some of this is important, none of it is urgent – and even the “important” stuff sometimes gets pushed to the side for two-three months.  You see, I have my bills set up to automatically debit my credit cards, and my credit cards automatically debit my bank account.  I treat my money like I do my drinking water.  It’s just there.

So, for my mortgage company to notify me of something important like a $300 increase – via the USPS – well, that’s just ludicrous!  Especially for a mortgage company where everything is handled online.  How hard would it be to send me an email?

This led me to the not-to suprising realization, that 99% of my incoming snail mail is Spam.  Is this something Google could handle for me?

  1. May 7, 2009 12:05 pm

    funny. a guy sitting next to me, when I showed him the snail picture above, that he used the term in a sermon recently. He had a member – a retired postmaster – become extremely angry with him after the service….

    * If the railroad barons would have understood they were in the transportation business, and not the rail business, they would still be barons.
    * If the newspapers would realize they were in the communication business and not the paper business….
    * If the postmasters….


    • May 7, 2009 4:02 pm

      Kind of like when people refer to paramedics as ambulance drivers – I know that anger. 😉


  2. Matt permalink
    July 29, 2009 11:03 pm

    Sorry to be off topic, but I like your posts and I wanted some feedback for my blog. I have a hard time writing, but I do want to share my experiences. Am I stuck between a rock and a hard place? Or should I just do it?


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