Beautiful! Thank you for posting.
Why did Dex get fired from The Stranger?
like old Stranger copies
this is a non story written by a good reporter
in my office there are a half dozen people who use the phone books a lot, others never
I happen to like the phone book, but I will concede that the black-smoke-belching rattletrap van and the terrified-looking illegal immigrants who delivered ours, and then delivered another one ten seconds after I brought the first set into the house, were a little, uh, sketchy.
Awesome, I'll have to call and get my address removed. Hopefully some hapless granny doesn't move in after me. Phone books always go into the recycling bin after sitting on my porch for a few weeks hoping someone will come by and pick it up.
these books are in their dying days. someday you'll tell your grandchildren about them, and they'll be confused.
There's no point to taking your name off the list, they just drop them off at every doorstep.
I noticed before throwing it out that my old "Seattle Metro" residential directory had 1300 pages, and the new "Seattle Metro" residential directory has barely 600 pages. Did over 50% of home phone numbers cancel or switch to unlisted in just the past year?
They're handy as makeshift practice pads for drumming.
I caught them in the act this year, ran after the van and gave it back to them. Yay for working at home!
I suggest throwing them in the street. They'll never be able to tell it was you, and if enough people do it the city will be on Dex's case for an attractive nuisance.
I say give them all to Kelly O and Ari Spool, so they can use them for the 2009 Stranger Man-Off. Drink Rize! Hulk Out! Rip up phone book! Chug Prego! Make phony gang sign!
Imagine the possibilities!
They are useful for giving Napoleonesque types a boost at the dinner table.
@11 is right.
Mucha energia y mucho petroleo in printing, delivering, recycling, etc. all wasted except for the few who want these phone books.
I bet they only change 4% with each annual edition, too.
Just go online.
I liked Steven Blum's effort to return them to Dex last year. I'm not sure it really got anywhere, but at least he tried.
Half of us have switched to cell phones only. No need for a landline or it's associated directories.
Each phone book has a flat magnet on it, usually advertising insurance or pizza. Take every single one of these magnets off. Then cut out some of the "Specialties" ads from the Stranger classifieds and glue them to the magnet. Cut away excess magnet and stick that fucker on your fridge. Booya!
When we got the deivery this year, we said to our 6yo that they were useless and we were gonna recycle them. She was like "But they're useful!" And I replied with "Do you know where our phone book is now? No, because we don't have one, because we use the internet." "Oh. Well, can we keep one for me to sit on?" "No, we have a Linux textbook for that."
The power of The Stranger could force a breakthrough in the battle with the phone book printers.
More from the Product Stewardship Institute and the waste prevention coalition:
I'm so happy you posted this. I called and told them I had 100 books in my lobby. They're sending someone over to pick them up next week. Sweet!
Weird, I posted something similar yesterday about http://yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/ It's kind of like a do not call list for phone books.
My name is Philip Cantwell and I started the organization www.YellowPagesGoesGreen.org. Sonoazure and everyone else that has posted here can contact me at our site at anytime and we will get back to you. We are NOT affiliated with the Yellow Page Publishers. We are a 3rd party organization that contacts the publishers on behalf of people that sign up at www.YellowPagesGoesGreen.org to stop the delivery of books. Some of the publishers accept the request and some do not. We have had thousands of signs up and continue to get hundreds per day.
www.YellowPagesGoesGreen.org has worked with organizations around the world in setting up similar sites to stop the unsolicited deliver of telephone books. We are currently working with some local governments on the proper working of ordinances to ban the unsolicited delivery of telephone books and have been contacted by a US Senator who wants to review our registry system.
Consumers can “opt out” of receiving telephone books at www.YellowPagesGoesGreen.org. We will contact the publishers and inform them to stop delivering books. This is a free service for consumers. www.YellowPagesGoesGreen.org is not against the telephone books but against the delivery of 4 to 5 pounds of paper on people’s door step 5 to 6 times per year and being told it is our responsibility to recycle something we did not ask for. If we need a book we will call. Otherwise I “opt out” from receiving it.
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