Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.
I know that today is Tuesday and I wasn’t planning on posting a Monday peeve yesterday because I was in a fairly good mood for most of the day. Then I went to my mailbox at the end of my driveway late yesterday afternoon and my mood changed.
What I found stuffed into my mailbox had to be ten pounds worth of junk mail. Catalogs from Lands’ End, L.L. Bean, Lamps Plus, The Sharper Image, and a number of other retailers were crammed in there. Also, there were at least four different catalogs from children’s toy companies because my wife has ordered kids’ toys for our grandchildren.
And in addition to all the catalogs, there were leaflets, brochures, and fliers ranging from senior living communities to the local shopper’s guides to home improvement services to real estate agents.
These catalogs and other pieces of junk mail move, unread, directly from my mailbox to my recycling bin. As far as I’m concerned, anything in my mailbox that doesn’t contain a check gets tossed.
And I get steamed thinking about what a total waste of not only my time, but of resources (e.g., paper, ink) all of this crap consumes. How many forests were destroyed to produce all of these catalogs and junk mail? Even the hapless mail carriers get overloaded having to deal with tons of junk.
So yeah, I’m a day late with my Monday peeve, but I’m peeved nonetheless.