Sunday, October 16, 2011

Now if I could only remember what I wanted to write in it...

In general, I'm of the opinion that an address book is not a great gift. If someone uses one, they usually already have one. And if they have one, they don't need one.
Yet, today I found myself in the unusual position of needing a new address book.

I honestly thought this would be easy to find.
It was not.

The first store I went to had none at all.
The second store had only two kinds, hidden on the bottom shelf, scattered amongst other stuff nobody wanted. Both were tacky and cheap and ugly (which I realize is better than tacky and expensive and ugly).

I bought the least annoying of the two.
It's sort of a vomit-bile green, with pale green mushrooms, plants, and bugs printed on it. Possibly the ugliest address book I have ever owned, so ugly that it sort of goes all the way around the other side and becomes interesting. I'm starting to like it, if only because it took such a diligent search to find it.

Anyway, why are address books so hard to find now? Has the digital age affected us so much that we don't care much for snail mail addresses anymore? Are we so reliant on techno-devices which record numbers for us that we don't bother to physically write phone numbers down anymore?

Do I sound like an old lady just for asking that?
Speak up, sonny, I can't hear you.
And stay off my lawn.
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6 comments:

Adrian Katrina Miller said...

I've seen some nice ones at Target and TJ MAXX.

Janna said...

Adrian: Ah. I think the nearest Target is about 25 miles away. Not sure where the nearest TJ Maxx is. I've heard of those, but have never actually been in one. I kinda live out in the middle of nowhere, under a rock with moss growing on it. (The nice part is that my vomit-bile-green address book matches the moss nicely.)

nonamedufus said...

You've gotta go digital. You, with 27 blogs on the go, of all people should know that.

I love my contact list on my iPhone. Names, addresses, e-mails, phone numbers. Push one button to either phone, text or e-mail someone. Oh and you can Skype them too.

Of course it was a little more expensive than an address book.

Janna said...

nonamedufus: Oh, I have a phone that stores stuff like that. It's not as fancy as yours, but it works. Still, I feel a lot more secure having a hard copy of everything. What would you do if someone snuck up behind you and stole your phone or flushed it down the toilet or fed it to a yak? You'd be screwed. Whereas I would merely be mildly inconvenienced and slightly disappointed that I had to copy everything down again from my vomit-bile green address book.

meleah rebeccah said...

I think Staples still carries nice, good, pretty, address books.

Janna said...

meleah: Thank you! Unfortunately, I'm already the proud owner of one that is vomit-bile green.