Friday, March 18, 2011

"Things I Couldn't Say" (aka Dear So and So....)

Dear So and So...

Dear DIY Photographers,

There are so many really capable do-it-yourself-ers who write a blog.  You do wonderfully work and are so creative and capable!   I love being able to see what you have done to update your homes.  Some of the furniture and room makeovers are so amazing!  Thanks to all of you who share and inspire the rest of us!

HOWEVER, please, please,  please take your before and after pictures from the same place. Don't change the angle, don't change the distance, don't try to be "arty", don't try to focus on little details UNLESS you get a full-room shot (or as close as you can) too. When you do that your photos are much more pleasing and we can really appreciate the final result when we can see the whole thing!!  Otherwise, I frequently have a hard-time believing it's the same room or same piece of furniture!


Dear Internal Revenue Service,

Earlier this week, you received the 2011 tax return from our household.  I would like to assure you that the return is a really, truly, totally bona fide return from us.  I realize you have NEVER received our annual return before 11:59 p.m. on April 15, so that is why I wanted to reassure you that this is not a scam or and imitation!

I do not know what lit the fire under.....uhmm....inspired the Big Guy to get it done and out so early, Though it probably had to do with hoping your response (i.e., our REFUND!) will be sent to us early too!

So, in the spirit of quid pro quo, let's get on the ball up there in Washington and cut that check!  Baby ....well ok, Momma....needs a new pair of shoes, ya know!!
Your friend,

Taxpayer Mel
p.s.  By the way, I wouldn't count on this happening again next year.  This may be a one-time event, never to occur again.  Just sayin'.........

Dear Bloggers,

For those of you who have chosen to invite advertisers to your part of Blogland, I understand why you have done so.  Added income (even small additions) is usually welcome in any household.  I get that and it's ok with me.

However, some of the advertisers are getting totally out of hand!  I was visiting one of my favorite blogs the other day.  I was about midway through reading the posting when suddenly up popped a commercial....right there in the middle of her post!  It was just like an ad spot on TV, complete with a filmed ad with music and a voiceover!!  I'm not sure how long it was, because I left the blog in the middle of the ad.

One of the reasons I don't watch TV is because of the preponderance of advertising.  It's annoying and of no interest to me.  Ads appear on almost every Internet site.  Most online games show advertising while the game is "loading".  Products and companies are being promoted everywhere these days, even to the extent of renaming Bowl Games, teams, and stadiums.  Movies are no longer careful to avoid showing brand names on props!  And here we have advertising intruding into blogging.

I HATE IT!!   Enough already!  The amount of money spent on all this advertising could end hunger in the entire world, with enough left over to put a serious dent in poverty and want!  Hmmm, now there's something to think about!

I don't know about you but if I were to use ads (which I wouldn't), I would surely insist that they be unobtrusive!


Dear US Postal Service,

Could you please tell me what happened to all those mailboxes that used to dot the country on just about every other corner??

Trying to mail a letter or whatever now requires a 20 minute drive to get to the nearest Post Office.   It is very inconvenient.  You are charging nearly 50 cents per ounce in postage.  Surely a little of that money could go toward putting back a few mailboxes close to residential areas!

I would truly appreciate it.

Thank you,

Dear Daylight Savings Time,

Joy, Joy!  Oh Happy Day!!!

Welcome Back!!!  I missed you!  I seriously suffer when the sun disappears by 5:00 in the afternoon.  With daylight hanging around until 8:15 or later, I no longer feel like the days are only 6 hours long!

Of course, if I didn't sleep til Noon....(ahem)      :) 


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  1. I did my taxes EXTRA-early this year. I was so proud of myself for being on the ball--and then I found out that because the U.S. CONGRESS took FOREVER to pass the new tax law (extending the tax cuts), the IRS wasn't accepting 1040s with Schedule A until 2/14! I finished my taxes at the beginning of February but my tax program couldn't even submit them for a couple of weeks. Very annoying. Once the taxes were submitted, though, the refund came earlier than expected, so that part was nice. :)

  2. Oh, I missed DST too! I wish we could just leave it like this all year long and never 'Fall Back.' ;)

    You know what else is hard to come by? STAMPS! Our Wal-Mart used to sell booklets at the cashier stations, but they don't anymore. Also, our post office had a stamp vending machine where you could buy individual stamps and not have to stand in the looooooong line just for a few stamps, but they got rid of it!!! What kind of sense does that make?!

  3. I know what you mean about mail drop off boxes. I hate putting mine in my own mail box.

    Haven't done our taxes yet. We keep putting it off!

  4. You are on a roll ~ all good letters. I cannot understand why the postal service keeps increasing our rates and offer less and less service. For years, I have taken the mail to the local P.O. when I left my office at 5:00 p.m. Last year, they decided that the mail would have to get there BEFORE 5:00 if it was going to go out that day. Most businesses finish their day's work AT 5:00 ~ Grrrr! Our local mail is now sent to Memphis (60 miles away) to be sorted and then back to our town from which it was mailed in the first place! Seems to be an added expense and delay to me. And now, they want to stop delivering mail on Saturdays. Oh, you did get me on my soap box-AGAIN! I have really been trying to figure to whom I should address a letter about the silly time changes. At some point, they (whomever that is) said that if we stayed on DLS time, children would be going to school in the dark. Why not change the time children have to arrive at school instead of changing EVERYBODY'S clocks? Someone (whomever that is) said that DLS time was supposed to conserve energy, but in the years it's been taking effect, there is not a decrease in energy use. So... I'm just sayin' and sayin' and sayin'. laurie


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