Velo, Rapido | This is about a few different things.
Once or twice a month, I receive a renewal notice for Women’s Day or Ladies Home Journal or Newsweek or some other magazine to which I have never subscribed. I throw them away. I know that some people don’t, because for the last two years, Harper’s Magazine has been carrying a warning about false renewal notices. I sometimes read that warning and think smug thoughts.
If you don’t know by know where I am going with this, you are dumber than me. That’s right. I was clearing up my receipts from last year and the Harper’s renewal notice, marked “Paid, 5/18/05″ looked oddly familiar. Right on the notice it says, in very small print, “Miss Hickman, you have been suckered.” (I’m paraphrasing here. I could fish the notice out, but I won’t. It says something about how they may or may not have a formal relationship with Harper’s Magazine, Inc.) I checked Harpers.org, and sure enough, my subscription was renewed for three years in 2003. It expires in October of this year. They haven’t gotten any payments from me since 2003 and the 866 number on the renewal notice has been disconnected. They certainly haven’t gotten any two year renewal.
I tell you this story, because I’ve also been subpoenaed to appear in person (I’m sure my father is going to tell me that this statement is somehow redundant) before the County Clerk because I didn’t turn in my Jury Questionaire. Lucky for me, usually a terrible keeper of records, I got my First Jury Eligibility Questionaire right after I discovered the renewal notice caper. In a very un-Amanda-like act, I carefully noted the confirmation number I was given when I responded to the Jury Questionaire online and filed the notice away. So I have something to wave self righteously at them when I appear. So at least I can be indignant when they yell at me. (And they do yell. Last time I had jury duty they were downright nasty to most of us.)