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posted 5/3/2011 12:37:40 PM |
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I am going to try something a bit lighter. Now I am all for recycling and reusing items when it is practical. That is not the issue.

But some things that I discovered on my doorstep today kind of peeve me, phonebooks. I probably get a dozen of these things a year covering my city as well as the metropolitan area. They breed like rabbits.

When I stepped out my front door a moment ago I almost tripped over not one, but two yellow page phonebooks in separate bags from competing phone companies, "The Real Yellow Pages" from ATT and "super yellow pages" from Verizon.

This leads me to ponder some points:

1. Before deregulation you only had one phonebook combining white and yellow pages for your city, one yellow page phonebook for the metropolitan area, and one residential phonebook for the metropolitan area. They only came out once or twice a year

2. There are so many of them now that the result becomes too fragmented to find comprehensive listings of a business type in one source. However, I am able to do that online with search engines

3. "The Real Yellow Pages" from ATT" had a residential section, but I wasn't in it. I speculate that is because I am not an ATT customer. This leads me to conclude that in order to find somebody's phone number in a phonebook, you have to know who their phone company is

4. Phone companies (and most utilities) put forth an extreme effort to get customers to adopt paperless email billing allegedly for ecology. Give me a break, it is to save them money on printing and postage. If they were really concerned about going green and paperless, they wouldn't send me all of these phone books that I never ask for and don't want

I think I'll call city hall to see if there is some way to get the city littering ordinances enforced to combat this Let's see, damn...the city isn't listed in "The Real Yellow Pages". I speculate that is because the city is not an ATT customer

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May 3 @ 12:47PM  

I am here to save you from future phonebooks.

There is an online opt out for yellow pages at


May 3 @ 1:06PM  
Where I'm at, I get the ATT&T phone book which has both business and residential, AND, yellow pages. Then, I get the "Yellow Book" (also printed by ATT&T I think ) and THEN, we get this small "Yellow Book" which is handed out by a cable company, Charter Communications. That is 3 different phone books. And I don't really ever use them...if I want to contact a local business...I look them up online and get their phone number.

May 3 @ 1:14PM  
My phone books are all covered in a bright turquoise plastic with plants sitting on them so they will not mess up the carpet. I never use them either as I rarely call anyone and have the few numbers I do call on a dry erase board by the phone. If I need a number I use the internet to get it. I am sure they will keep sending them and I am pretty sure all of them will end up as plant stands or some other use they were never designed for.

May 3 @ 2:24PM  
Oh, and I forgot to add that over the last couple of years I have started getting even more of them in Spanish now too

May 3 @ 2:37PM  
I am here to save you from future phonebooks.

I went to that site and entered my zip code. It showed ten different ones, but it didn't list all of the ones I get. It wanted me to register with my email address so I decided to take a pass on it. Besides, the way they deliver them is just some guy going door to door and plopping them down at the front door. So, I doubt it would make any difference.

May 3 @ 9:38PM  
They are given lists of addresses not to deliver to so even though they go door to door they know before they get to your door not to leave them. You can also be removed by calling the phone book company.

Normally there is a phone number in fine print on the front of the directory to call to request additional copies or stop them. It is part of the junk mail spam laws.

May 3 @ 10:32PM  
Bruce visit the D and pounder some pussy and you can be first

May 4 @ 8:33AM  
some guy going door to door and plopping them down at the front door

I did that for a couple of weeks..No mas`

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