Assignment: Returning Phone Books to Dex
posted by September 1 at 10:27 AMon
Today, Slog readers asked me to collect unwanted phone books and return them to Qwest Dex headquarters.
As Dan noted in his review of Dex for The Stranger’s Summer Reading Guide, phone books have become obsolete to the average computer-owning citizen and they are a huge waste of paper. Instead of recycling them individually, readers figured, it might make a bolder statement if they were delivered to Dex Headquarters, along with a “thanks, but no thanks” card.
I tried to think of a central location where we could gather all those books. I went to the Value Village store on Capitol Hill (1525 11th Ave) and asked manager Mark Adams if we could corner off an area of the store where people could drop off their unwanted phonebooks. He told me “no” but offered a place outside the store (where, I later learned, homeless people often sleep). Naive to the politics of homeless sleeping areas, I accepted Adams’ offer and he led me downstairs to Value Village’s receiving area and we snatched up an enormous cardboard box.
A nice man hoisted the box above his head and we walked up the alley to 11th together. As we walked, pedestrias had to duck so that the cardboard wouldn’t hit them in the face. After enduring numerous interruptions by homeless people (one of whom insisted on doing an impression of Bill Cosby with a box of Jello), I was finally able to set up the box.
The box is now waiting for your phonebooks. Drop them off and I will drive them to Qwest and drop them off on their doorstep.
Oh and stop by Value Village while you’re in the area…they’re having a huge labor day sale.