Archive for October, 2012

Falling Leaves and Acorns

by on Thursday, October 11th, 2012

This morning there was enough breeze that the leaves are starting to fall off the trees in my neighborhood and blow across everyone’s yards. I have a lot of trees in the yard – both front yard and back yard, so I spend a lot of time raking those fucking leaves up every year. I think I pulled about 40 huge plastic leaf bags full from just the back yard last year.

The asshole county landfill has decided that plastic trash bags and plastic leaf bags are a burden on the landfill, so you are not allowed to bring leaves and yard waste to the landfill in plastic bags anymore. You have to use brown kraft paper bags – which suck ass if they get wet because then the bottom falls out and all the fucking leaves get dumped right back out on the street or the yard – or worse, in the trunk of your fucking car. Who’s bright idea was that?

Zombies and Vampires

by on Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Took a quick walk through the toy department at Target and was impressed at the sudden presence of toy monsters. It seems like every toy line has a zombie or vampire version. Even the Barbie dolls have a Twilight Vampires line based on the hit movie series. Other dolls include “Monster High” fashion dolls. There are even monster legos sets – a whole series of ghosts, vampires, Frankensteins and mad scientists.

I wonder why everyone has such a fascination with zombies lately? There are zombie walks happening all over the world. I saw some photos of a zombie walk held in Canada – they were some freaky people in that parade, let me tell you! We are having a zombie walk here later this month. Downtown will be full of creepy people staggering around on the sidewalks – and not just tourists this time.

No More Paper Receipts

by on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Kudos to K-Mart for stopping the waste of paper by not giving out paper receipts any more. You are supposed to sign up for their shopper card and give them an email address. Once you are signed up, your receipt is sent by email to you and they don’t waste the paper from the cash register.

I think that is a great idea. How many people just automatically throw the paper receipts into the trash as soon as they get home? I don’t know about you, but I only keep receipts if they are a tax deduction or a big ticket item that I want to have proof of purchase in case something goes wrong with the item and I need to return it or call on the warranty.

The extra benefit of paperless receipts is that every purchase gives you bonus points that accumulate over the year. The points can be redeemed for immediate cash credit against your purchase at any time. So, today I bought about $30 worth of household stuff and applied my bonus points to get a cash credit of $13. That was like getting 40% off all the stuff I bought, and I didn’t have to cut out coupons or just shop for sale items. It just went off my bill and all I had to pay was $17 at the register.