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A Horrible, Horrible Tragedy

Logic actually died this morning. It was a tragic occurrence, but hardly remarkable at this point.

I bought a new stove a few weeks ago. Foolishly, I gave my yahoo.com email address to the person at the Sears Appliance store. I knew I shouldn't have done it. I knew the minute it was out of my mouth that I'd had a severe lapse of judgment.

The very next day I started getting spam on the Yahoo account from Sears. And K-Mart. And a plethora of other places.

One of the more persistent ones has been from something called Family Circle magazine.

I finally got sick of it and decided to call them to see if I could get the damned things stopped. I did a little research and discovered that the magazine is published by a publisher that does a lot of other magazines. I brilliantly thought to call the publisher directly to see if I could get myself removed from all of the mailing lists at once instead of having to do each publication separately.

I called their 800 number. I spoke to a woman named Kathy. Or Cathy. Either way. I explained my problem and the first thing she wanted to know was my name and address.

To get taken off an email list.

Let me say that again. To get taken off an email spam list, because as I have already explained, I'm trying to reduce the amount of shit I get in both the mail and in email, she needs to know my name and my mailing address.

I don't think I've said it enough times to highlight the sheer depth of stupid, or how stupid they must think I am, to fall for that.

They want me. To give them. My name. And mailing address. To get. My email address. Removed from. Their spam list.

My name. And my mailing address.


So I said, "No. I'm not giving you that information. You have my email, and that's all you need to do what I'm asking."

She replied, "Well, I'm not sure they're going to be able to process the request without your name and address."

"But, if I give you that, I'll start getting a bunch of catalogs or other mail, and since I don't want it in my email inbox, I certainly don't want it in my mailbox. No. Just send the email."

"Well...I'll send it up, but I don't think they'll process it."

Ladies and gentlemen, at approximately 10:43 AM on December 20, 2010, that which we know as logic died an ignominious, silent, lonely death at the hands of Meredith Corporation.

Call them, why don't you, and thank them for finally killing it off. It had been in declining health for many years, and it was a blessing when it finally succumbed. Sadly, it will not be missed by most people, many of whom were unaware it had been sick.

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