Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Times, They Are A-Changin'...

Who knew there were so many parents with residual-vomit stories to share? Before I started this blog, I would have naively believed I was the only person living with lingering puke smells; but now I realize what an ignorant fool I was. From where I'm sitting (reading yesterday's comments), it would seem that there is a veritable plague of vomit-smell-ridden bunkbeds and carpets and cars out there in this great land of ours. It's an epidemic! Forget global warming - why aren't the great minds of our generation working to save us from this pestilence?

Just had to get that off my chest.

But here's another question. The other day, in the foyer of our local supermarket, there were 2 gentlemen attempting to get people to subscribe to our local paper (one of the big national papers, really). You would have thought they were panhandling, the way people were avoiding eye contact and brushing past them. People wouldn't even accept the free newspaper that was offered. So, do you read a print newspaper anymore? Or am I a dinosaur for having a daily subscription?

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19 comments:

  1. The plain truth of the matter is that I'm too cheap to pay for the subscription. Every year at our county fair the newspaper allows us to sign up for a free month and I read that paper religiously for the first week. After that I look at the funnies and classifieds. Then I don't even have time for that anymore and when they call to see if I want to subscribe I tell them I don't read it. Honestly.

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  2. I had a subscription for a while, but I'm ashamed to say, they started piling up on my front porch. Yeah, I'm too lazy to open the door and pick up the paper. I'd rather sit on my @$$ and click away on the computer to find my news.
    I would NOT avoid the poor guys selling them like that, though. That bothers me. The other day a lady tried to give my friend a flyer for Mary Kay, and my friend said "No, I can't, my hands are full." WHAT? Poor lady! It's a piece of paper, for crying out loud (and her hands were OBVIOUSLY not full.)

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  3. I feel unspeakably lucky not to have a residual vomit story, though I'm sure my time will come.

    I subscribe to the local weekly paper, but our local daily, the Cape Cod Times, is only fit for birdcage liner and I don't have a bird. So I read some stuff online, and leave it at that. If I had more money and more space for recycling, I might get the NY Times. When my kids are at an age to learn about current events in more detail, I probably will.

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  4. I haven't read a newspaper since the advent of the Internet. I read all my news online or off CNN.

    I also think it doesn't help the planet to recycle all that paper. Just my 2.

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  5. Nope, I read online. I used to take the Sunday NYT, but when we had to tighten our belts, it had to go.

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  6. I read two newspapers everyday. Our local paper is good, but I read the Times for full coverage. I love the comics, and the book reviews. With two papers I get broad coverage.

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  7. Howdy!

    No I don't subscribe to a newspaper anymore. Once in a blue moon I'll grab one for old times sake!

    And luckily no pukey stories here! Whew. So far.

    Glad I stumbled on your blog - nice job!

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  8. Can't afford the subscription at present. A couple of our lawyers buy a daily paper and then leave it in the break room for the rest of us to share. Usually I'm knitting, or visiting with my best friend at work, or both. Two or three times a week I read the funnies and sometimes the business section, the advice columns, the food and fashion sections, and sometimes the metro section.

    All this may change in June, if I move and have an hour each way on the train to and from BigD.

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  9. we use to get the paper but it pilled up so fast (even after its read) so now we just read online. I even have about 5 papers or news websights as favs (from other areas or even states) its not that I am a recycler (only to cut down on my own garbage bill) but I just dont like all the trash. It builds up so fast. someone has to carry it out or we may all get lost! hehe take care. love your blog. Kelli

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  10. We get the Wall Street Journal daily, our town paper every Friday and the Boston Globe on Sundays. I think that is all the paper I can handle.

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  11. Hey, I'm catching up. I once had to clean vomit stuck in the buckles of the car seat, with a toothbrush. Did you know the belts don't come out? Fun times.

    As for the paper, I get the local weekly for the local news and activities going on. I don't bother with the Providence Journal. I can't stand how badly written and edited it is.

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  12. Sister, do I have vomit stories!

    And I don't subscribe to a paper (even the lil ole thing with my column in it). I LOVE reading the paper on Sunday but never read it on the weekdays. I always feel guilty about those unread newspapers and save them until I must admit defeat (and chuck them in the fireplace).

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  13. As the great Egon Spengler once said:

    "Print is dead

    And I don't have many residual vomit stories but ooh boy do I have residual pee and poop stories!

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  14. When we moved here last year, for some reason we got a free 1 yr subscription from someone. And not fromour landlord either. That 1 yr subscription included the Baltimore Sun, The Gazette, Laurel Leader, Howard County times (which by the way are basically the same paper with only like 4 different stories in them, the rest are ALL THE SAME) some paper that I dont even know what its called, but its about Prince Georges county, and a Baltimore city newpaper. I dont read the newspaper. I used to read the HoCo TImes when I had time, but there is none. And when I do have time, I dont want to spend it reading the local newspaper. I want to read a trashy novel and dream that my life is like the one in the book, LMAO.
    I just want the nespapers to STOP.
    ~Jennifer

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  15. Bummer about the newspaper guys. I used to have subscription and then they changed the format...they spend more space on obituaries than on the national news which really left me going to NPR or BBCnews.com for my "real news." So I'm a weekend subscriber with no apologies.

    I am thankful to report that we don't have pukers in my family. That smell is horrid, so you have my condolences.

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  16. Well, I have very few brain cells and get less sleep than is desirable (baby!) so I can't remember if I shared a puke story *already* but I will say that a long road trip once taught me the true value of a cartop storage unit -- getting the puke clothes out of the car!! We get the paper every day. I find myself more likely to read different things in the paper paper than I do online if that makes sense. I am thinking about stopping it for enviro reasons tho.

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  17. Paper and a cup of coffee...there's nothing like starting the morning with both. When the paper is late I sit on our front porch steps waiting. I know I could get news from the internet, but I like the ritual of actually reading something on paper. I like sitting at our kitchen table discussing something interesting with my husband, or reading aloud an interesting article. I do everything else on computer...but not the news. But that's just me; I'm kind of old fashioned that way.

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  18. still have a 7 days/week subscription. And am still pissed off that Sundays paper still isn't here, at 6:47 pm.

    At least my online news sources are available.

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  19. I can't start the day without my morning paper. I even read it before I go running at 5:30. There's just something about the smell of the newsprint and the crinkle of the paper.

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