They're Trying To Get Me Hooked

Every day it mysteriously showed up.

NewspaperUnwanted and unpaid for.

Another NewspaperBut there it was... just waiting for me to partake of its offerings.

In a new marketing ploy (I would venture to guess), The Pushers thought they could get me hooked if I just got used to having it at my fingertips.

Arrgh! Yet MORE newspapers!But I wouldn't give in. I get my news off the internet, thankyouverymuch.

After about a week of freebies, it stopped just as mysteriously as it had begun. (Then again, I could have had a neighbor who was, at that very moment screaming at some poor Customer Support clerk complaining about their lack of daily home delivery... )

Ha! Nice try. The only part of the newspaper I want is the Saturday coloured comics, which are no longer a separate section, but now deviously hidden deep inside the pages, making the act of trying to find them akin to discovering the Fountain of Youth. The rest of the newspaper gets chucked straight into the recycle bin. I have no need for it at all.

Except for when I am painting. Oh crap! What the heck would I use if I had no paper to protect my carpet from the inevitable paint spills? Which, believe me, happens more often than I care to admit. I can bullseye that one square inch of unprotected carpet in-between the folds of Arts and Leisure and The Classifieds like William Tell.

So before I decide to stop purchasing even the Saturday edition, perhaps I should stock up on the Christmas flyers.

I've already had enough delivered this past week to last me, oh until 2012.

19 People would rather be commenting:

Daisy said...

Yeah, the comics are the only good part of the paper.

Sistertex said...

AND you can now get your comics online too. We used to get the paper just for the comics, so totally understand where you are coming from there. Then one day we found how to get them on line and the paper was history.

jay said...

Hahaha! Well, if the only use you have for a paper is to cover the carpet, you only have to go down to the DIY store and buy a cheap plastic dust-sheet! They're only about £1 here!

JD at I Do Things said...

I can't say that I blame you -- I never read the print paper anymore.

But to everyone in the Chicagoland area: Please continue to buy the Chicago Tribune -- even if it's only to put under your litterboxes!

(My husband works for the paper and things ain't lookin' good.)

JD at I Do Things said...

I can't say that I blame you -- I never read the print paper anymore.

But to everyone in the Chicagoland area: Please continue to buy the Chicago Tribune -- even if it's only to put under your litterboxes!

(My husband works for the paper and things ain't lookin' good.)

JoJo said...

Agreed on the comics. We canceled our daily paper over a year ago. Between the volume of news we get online and the constant delivery problems, we decided it was time to get rid of it.

VioletSky said...

and then there is the poor newspaper carrier (that would be me!) who has to deliver these 'freebies' usually for much less money than for subscribed papers - and not even a Christmas tip at the end of it all. yes, we live for those meager tips, believe you me! I understand your pain, though, and that could be why your paper mysteriously stopped...

VioletSky said...

not that I am actually your personal carrier, since I live a few thousand miles away from Winnipeg...

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

lol. Just get rid of the carpet;-)

ReformingGeek said...

Yeah. Sometimes you just need a newspaper for those messy home projects!

But I'm in the same boat. We no longer get the paper. I was taking it for the Sunday comics and the TV guide and the obituaries.

No really. I would read them religiously every Sunday and occasionally discover I needed to attend a funeral the next week. ;-(

Now I tend to forget about it although I can read them online.

Badass Geek said...

I get more news from the comics than from anything else.

Ed said...

I never realized how much I used old newspapers until I stopped having it delivered.

Bruce said...

Comic section of the paper???? Do you still use Super-Puddy to make copies of the cartoons and transfer them to blank sheets of paper......?

Babs-beetle said...

I haven't bought a paper in years. As Jay said, we use dust sheets when we paint :)

toners said...

ROFL!! The kids and I love the comics :)

So glad that I've finished school and can now get back to regular blog commenting! Unfortunately DH moved out a couple of weeks ago, so that hasn't helped with my time management...the kids and I are doing OK, though.

Love and ((hugs)) xxx

Debbie said...

I like the coupons for craft stores but I can usually get those on line or from an uncrafty friend! So I am with you, the internet is my news source.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

I think they do that with the yummy super expensive snacks in the grocery store too. They have them at like a dollar off for enough weeks in a row that I just grab a box, only to find out they've gone back up to $5.

Maureen said...

Daisy you are so right. The rest is just filler around the Comix!

Sistertex: Oh I DO read comics online every day; in fact I get them delivered by email... but I still like the feel of the coloured comics in my hands.

Jay: Cheap plastic dust sheet! Now THAT'S brilliant! Off to the Dollar Store goes I.

JD: Yes, there is always a down side to changing times; I feel for the local papers. It amazes me really that they are still in business.

Jo-Jo: Major headaches is why I stopped home delivery years ago. That and I never even opened up the daily paper. Now I just make sure we get the Saturday edition at the store. We used to have a paperbox just across the street, but that was removed years ago too.

VioletSky: I know where you are coming from ... I used to do my brother's route when he was sick or away - 77 papers was freakin' heavy! And I hated every minute. I think I made 10 cents...

Perpetual Chocoholic: Oh yes. In fact you have discovered my secret. I figure the more I screw up this old horrible carpet, the closer I am to a nice hardwood floor one day ;)

Ick Reforming Geek! I avoid the Obits like I avoid looking at cemetaries; freaks me out too much...

Ha Badass Geek! How true! Any news that's worth READING that is...

Ed: Where else are you going to get the supplies for paper mache? (Other than expensive paper towels, but it's just not the same thing, eh?)

Bruce! How did you know! (I DO have Silly Putty).

Babs: Another vote for plastic sheeting. Well, I guess that does it. I really need to change my ways.

Toners: I am so sorry to hear that, but glad you are doing okay. It is so nice to see you back in the blogisphere! Take care.

Debbie: Yeah the only coupons I use are Michaels, so I signed up to get them by email. Now I just print out my own.

Jill: They try to get us hooked, don't they! (And most times, it works - at least on me that is!)

Vegas Princess said...

I only read the funnies too. And clip the coupons. Since I work in news I get too much of that already.

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