Old Habits

May 30, 2015 — Leave a comment

Old habits are hard to break. (There’s got to be a song title there somewhere!) After I retired from a 12 hour a day , 7 days a week , and adrenaline and caffeine driven career at Allison/Rolls-Royce I developed a pleasurable habit of reading two papers in the morning while I drink my pot of coffee.  This is my quiet time and allows, if she wants, the boss to sleep late. There are nights when I know she has not been able to go to sleep until 2 or 3 in the morning. So it is good that she can sleep late because getting a good night’s sleep/rest is very important to living with fibromyalgia, but, that’s another story for another day.

This morning it was announced on the front page of the “Daily Journal” that home delivery will be changed forever starting June 15. NO MORE HOME DELIVERY! Beginning that date the “Journal” will be delivered by the USPS! Now if that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling I want to know what you’re smoking. As a point of reference I mailed a payment to my insurance company in January and the check still has not arrived to where it was mailed.

But, you can read the paper on line if you want if the Journals site will let you. I tried and failed to be authorized. I can read the Indy Star on line when they fail to deliver but it’s not the same. There is much to be said about the feel and smell of the newsprint that makes it most enjoyable.

We don’t have home delivery of mail here on the reservation. Everyone who lives here as well as those in the “Big House” have the same mailing address. (About 600 of us) Those in the “Big House” get their mail about 10:00 AM and we on the reservation get ours around one or after.  Believe it or not the morning paper will magically become the afternoon paper. Go figure! This major announcement was made on Saturday I suppose because they figured the majority of its subscribers would forget about the change over the weekend and not call on Monday to complain. Their rationale I believe is that since most of their subscribers are old folk like me our atrophied attention span will allow us to forget the whole issue and be surprised when the paper comes in the mail.

As a long a go former newspaper deliverer I feel sorry for those who get up at zero dark thirty and lay the “Journal” on my door step. I appreciate your efforts and thank you and am sorry you have lost your job. But, the Journal needs to save money to keep its reporters on the street.  Maybe there is the answer; the reporters could deliver the papers while they gather news today for tomorrow’s edition?

I guess I will have to work hard to change my morning routine habit. I will have to learn to drink coffee faster or not make as much. Now there is a cost savings! Somehow I’ve got to remember to call the Journal Monday morning to cancel my subscription on the 15 of June. I’m writing the reminder note now! Hope I remember where I put it!

Thanks for listening.

Richard Isley

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