Best of the Month and Finale #JusJoJan

So, here we are at the end of another Just Jot It January, one of those annual things that makes my blogging life so much fun. I want to thank Linda for once again moderating and doing her usual fantastic job of coordinating. This year in particular, when she’s had enough on her mind with a sick child and all (and we all, I’m sure, hope that Alex is doing much better and will continue to improve).

This is today’s prompt:

Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 31st is “your favorite thing/part/blog post of last year or last month.” Talk about what you did or discovered that gave you happiness and/or success. Have fun!

I don’t have to look far to come up with this, back to this morning: this week, I got a message through 23 and Me from one of my father’s cousins, a person I had never met, whose help in fleshing out my family tree has been invaluable, and we’re just getting started. You can read my post from earlier today to get the details.

Now, here’s Mariette Harley (who is not Mrs. James Garner) for Pacific Northwest Bell.

Now, of course, we have the Internet where we can look up virtually any phone number in the world and no longer need phone directories. Try explaining that to your local phone company, who insists on leaving them at your front door anyway…

15 thoughts on “Best of the Month and Finale #JusJoJan

        1. That’s just it: they don’t lose money. They sell advertisements and deliver the books without a care as to whether anyone’s actually using it. When the advertisers start canceling their orders, then maybe they’ll stop delivering the books. Until then, we’ll just have to keep hauling them to recycling. Same with those free newspapers they throw in your driveway. The people delivering them could care less whether or not you want one. They’re just driving around the neighborhood talking on the phone and maybe even casing the neighborhood for places to break into…

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          1. I assumed that the ads had fallen off. What company would continue to throw money away like that?!?? Mind boggling. I am sure there are more like us that toss right into recycle.

            Since we are in the boondocks, no one ventures out here to toss free newspapers. Scary thought to think of ppl casing the place.

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            1. Or worse, just toss it in the trash. Wonder how many phone books you’d find in a landfill virtually unused and maybe still in the bag they came in?

              It’s the Atlanta Journal and Constitution that’s responsible for all the paper thrown in the driveway, and in most cases it goes straight from the driveway to the trash. That paper is so bad they can’t even give it away. They have a digital version, but for some inexplicable reason it comes with a print version, which makes no sense. There are only so many birdcages that need to be lined and they don’t wrap fish in newspaper anymore… (Lester Maddox’s portrait from when he was governor features a fish wrapped in the Atlanta Constitution on the table beside him.)

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              1. That’s interesting about Lester Maddox’s portrait.

                B will occasionally ask for newspaper for some random around the house job. I give him the same answer … we DON’T have any. He is stuck in the 70s. lol

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                1. Newspaper does come handy on occasion. If we need some, we go to the library and pick up the latest issue of Creative Loafing, the free weekly around these parts. We haven’t needed any in a few years…

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  1. Hi John – the directories don’t recycle – they really need to be split down … that doesn’t happen. That’s great your cousin is helping find your distant relatives so your family tree is being added to. I too hope Linda’s son Alex continues to improve – have a good weekend – cheers Hilary

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  2. That’s wonderful that you are getting your family tree done and you met your cousin! I send my best well wishes to little Alex and his family. There are a few people who have no internet so the phone book still helps but I think they should send out a poll or something asking who needs or wants one.

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    1. Exactly. It makes no sense to distribute 1000 phone books if 999 of them are going to end up in the landfill. We don’t have a landline, but I guess an independent company prints them and distributes them and we get one even though we don’t want one…

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  3. By co-incidence I was reading an article earlier today on DNA testing and 23 and Me was mentioned. The article was pointing out that although some good things come from being tested (which seems to be what’s happened for you) there have also been cases where hidden secrets have been uncovered that have been challenging to say the least.

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    1. I think anyone who has their DNA tested needs to accept that (a) it isn’t perfect and (b) they could learn something they would rather not have known. The first DNA test I took with Ancestry said I was 0.1% Polynesian, which is so off it’s ludicrous.

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