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Health Brief

July 25, 2020

Recently I was asked “how do I stop getting junk mail?” Always being up for a challenge, I have some answers…. Junk mail can be a real “Brain Drain”. In addition to being a mental health menace, junk mail can become a physical health hazard… the clutter/piles this junk creates can cause trips, slips or falls. The US Postal Service has a few suggestions.

  1. Addressees can send a written request to stop or withhold delivery of all promotion, solicitation, announcement or advertisement mail. There is a $1 service fee. Send the written request to: Direct Marketing Association Choice, Data & Marketing Association, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512-0643. The letter needs to state that you wish to be removed from any and all mailings. Include your name (and any versions of your name…Sam, Samuel, S.; Zehm-Clay, Clay etc.) and address.
  2. Do NOT open the letter, write “Return to Sender” on the outside and place in the outgoing mail.
  3. Contact each sender individually and ask to have your name removed. Yes, this means a lot of phone calls but hey – you get to talk to someone, right?! And just think if they are talking with you, then they can’t be calling someone else.
  4. Remind companies that you do business with, that you do NOT want any solicitations. (Place a note along with your bill payment or correspondence.)
  5. Do NOT respond to warranty cards, raffles, surveys etc.
  6. Call 1-888-567-8688 ask to opt out of Pre-approved credit card offers. Listen carefully to the directions. (I chose option #3.)
  7. Not getting the response you had hoped for? Still getting junk? Here is a sneaky way to get your message across…. Save all of those “postage paid” or “free response” envelopes and stuff them full (and I mean FULL) with all the junk mail you get. Then send it. The original sender will have to pay the extra postage.

Answers to Tuesday Funnies:

  • Why did the can crusher quit his job? … It was “soda” pressing.
  • Did you hear about the Italian chef that died? … He “pasta”way.
  • What did one traffic light say to the other traffic light? … Don’t look, I’m changing.
  • Why are frogs so happy? … They eat what bugs them.

Thursday “Threezers” (on a Saturday): What do these have in common?

  • Photos, Fingers, Football
  • Mountain ridges, Ruffles, Rigatoni
  • A bookie, A bed, A jelly company

What will you do, “Just for Today”? “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” - Stephen Hawking

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