Mail Call for 12/18

December 27, 2001

Mail Call for 12/18

Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.

Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236.

You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"For the very under-educated person who made the statement that us older people sat around and vegetated before electricity came around. You need a good history lesson. Did you not pay attention when you went to school? Your ancestors had to plow their own gardens, grow their own vegetables, bake their own bread, hitch their horses to the buggies when they went to town and they read books by candlelight or lantern light. In the days before electricity, there was lots to do. They didn't just sit around and vegetate. They used their minds and skills. They had to go to the woods to hunt their food. When they got their food, they had to learn how to preserve it. They had to smoke it, salt it, dry it or can it. You didn't go to the store to get everything. As far as entertainment, you read books. It was a wonderful time, people were very intelligent in those days. They had to use a lot of common sense to get along. I can't imagine anyone who went to school or read a history book would think this."


"To all the religious fanatics who are constantly attacking the Harry Potter movie. I have the perfect plan for you all. You stay home and we will go watch the movie. Happy Halloween."

"I too would like to know the answer to the question about what could be done about cars parking in front of someone's house when the persons involved don't live there? Just because their parking lot is too small for all the cars that they have and all the visitors they have coming and going, doesn't give them the right to park in front of someone else's house, especially the senior citizen neighbors."

"To the Christmas present bag loser: I would like to tell you that you are very welcome for the return of the bags from Hecht's."

"I too received a letter through the mail, stating 'Important Delivery' Attention: Please respond at once. Call this number and give your I.D. number, you have won a million dollars.' I would be paid in annual installments of $33,333 annually. Like a dumbbell, I called the number; they wanted to sell me magazines. I would have a chance of winning a million dollars. That's not what the letter indicated, the letter indicated that I had already won. I think these magazines and advertisements are tricky and something should be done about this. The mail people have enough mail to deal with, they don't have to deal with such garbage. I wonder how it would be if we put it back in the mail and put on 'Return to Sender.' I urge the rest of you to do the same. Start putting 'Return to Sender' on you junk mail and see if it will go back."

"I was reading and it said that it was that time of year again. Reminding everyone to not forget the carriers this year, give them a gift because they deliver the papers in the rain, snow and sleet. I think that is up to the individual whether they want to give a gift or not. Yes, they do deliver the papers, but they also get paid to deliver the papers. What ever happened to people just doing a job and getting paid for it and not begging for it? I have a tip, if you don't like delivering the paper then don't do it. But don't beg for a tip. If I want to give you a tip, I'll give you a tip. I don't think you should be asking for a tip. Another thing, not all mail carriers ask for tips. You should have left your name, then you would have gotten your tips."

"Someone wanted to know if we ever seen snow in April. My birthday is April 2, I was born in 1955. Its probably been over 35 years ago. I remember when I was a child having a very deep crusty snow. I remember the snow was as deep as the stone fences in the pasture above our house. It got so cold, we could walk on top of it because it had a big hard crust on it, because it was so cold out. It was in April, that's how I remember because it was close to my birthday, probably a week after. Anyway, yes, I remember seeing snow in April."

"Rod Roddy is back now, as of Friday, Dec. 14."

"I suggest the lady who saw things on sale at the drugstore and then saw them back on the shelf, I suggest that you go to that store and ask them. So give it a whirl, it might work for you."

"I seen a few of the bin Laden tapes and it looks to me as real as a $3 bill."

"I have a free VCR and TV that I want to give away for Christmas. Leave your number."

"About the 3-year-old left on the bus for 20 minutes. Didn't anyone ever think that the kid was hiding under the seat? The whole thing sounds like an honest mistake, which was blown out of proportion. But yet the mother wants people fired and sued."

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