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It isn't all the fault of the mail carriers, because sometimes I get
mail that is delivered to my house as it is addressed, but it is being
sent to someone with another name, possibly a former occupant of our
house. Of course, I get mail for the family across the street, too.
The strangest thing though, is that I get mail for all the other
Alligoods, and none of them have ever lived at our house. The mail is
all addressed to other people, but at our address. Most of it is just
junk mail, but some things are correspondence from organizations which
my in-laws do business with.
It appears that someone has gone into a database somewhere, decided that
everyone in town with our last name lives at my house, and reassigned
them to our address.
I still get mail at my in-laws' house every once in a while, mostly from
catalog companies that I haven't ordered anything from in over a year.
The problem of getting each others' mail was somewhat understandable
when we lived just one block from my husband's parents. We had the same
last name and house number as they did, just one block over. However,
the problem actually got worse after we moved to our current address,
which has no similarity to their address at all.
Now I hear that the postal "service" is printing a new series of stamps
with a letter instead of a denomination on them in anticipation of
another rate hike. It seems that as prices have steadily risen over the
years, accuracy has made a proportional decline. I don't remember having
these kinds of things happen to me or my parents back when stamps only
cost 15 cents, less than half of their current price.
By the way, my hobby as a youth was pen-palling, and I had 65 pen-pals
at one time. We often used nicknames on our mail, and it still was
delivered in a timely fashion, and to the correct recipient.
What has happened over the last decade or two? It almost seems that
technological advances that were supposed to make everything faster and
more accurate correspond inversely with a general lessening in the areas
those advances were supposed to improve.
Now everything that goes haywire is blamed on a computer glitch and it
takes twice as long to correct. It isn't just evidenced by mail going to
the wrong house. The problem also shows up often at the checkout counter
when items without price tags that humans can read scan wrong. Cars now
malfunction when their internal computers don't work right. (I miss
being able to fix the old Chevy Nova I used to have - back when I didn't
even need any metric tools!)
It looks to me like newer isn't necessarily better, because things don't
seem to work any better than they used to, they just cost a whole lot
Editor's Note: Cara Alligood is an Enterprise writer and advertising administrator.
As we all know, the popularity of bed-and-breakfast inns has really
grown in the last few years and part of that is the meals, particularly
the mouthwatering breakfasts.
Recipes requested by those travelers have been collected in a series of
cookbooks which includes these two latest, Innkeepers' Best Low-Fat
Breakfasts and Innkeepers' Best Muffins ($9.95 each, Down to Earth
Publications, St. Paul, MN.).
The paperbacks were compiled and written by veteran-inngoer Laura Zahn
and each showcases 60 recipes that B&B innkeepers across the country
consider their most outstanding. The books also include a write-up on
each inn, so readers can get a "taste" of the B&B and whet their
appetite for B&B travel.
From coast-to-coast, B&Bs range from elegant inns to simple homes.
These are recipes that innkeepers like. They might be quick and easy or
use ingredients often on hand, but they get `ooohs and aaahs' every
time. Zahn's first B&B cookbooks were the regional Wake Up & Smell the
Innkeepers' Best Muffins includes muffin creations such as Apple Crunch,
Banana Pistachio, Chocolate Cheesecake, Cranberry Orange, Ginger Pear,
Grandmother's Strawberry, Orange Marmalade, Pumpkin Apple Streusel,
Peanut Butter Bran, Raisin Bran, Spicy Peach and White Chocolate.
Doesn't that make your mouth water?
Innkeepers' Best Low-Fat Breakfasts includes beverage, fruit, entree,
muffin & scone, and bran & coffeecake recipes that range from lower-fat
to fat-free. Selections include Creme Caramel Overnight French Toast,
Raspberry Fizz, Granny Smith Oatmeal Waffles, Lemon-Lovers Muffins,
Pineapple Bread and Blueberry Gingerbread with Lemon Curd.
The new books are available at bookstores or easily can be ordered by
them. You can order direct with a Visa or Mastercard by phoning
800-585-6211 or fax 612-488-7862 or mail a check to Down to Earth
Publications, 1032 W. Montana, St. Paul, MN 55117 (include $12.95 per
book for mail delivery, $13.95 per book for UPS delivery).
- MAC McKINNON
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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