I like magazines. I like mail. And I like getting magazines in the mail. I really do. So I'm not complaining, I'm just a little curious about what's going on. A while back I started receiving this magazine in the mail:It wasn't just addressed to "The Resident at blah blah blah" like they sometimes say. It wasn't addressed to some previous resident of our apartment. And it wasn't addressed to Bryan. It was addressed to me. What?! The first time I thought maybe it was a fluke. But then it kept coming and coming. For months. Seriously. In an effort to be more manly Bryan flipped through a couple, but really the only attention my Outdoor Life magazines got were when I cut them up for crafty things. I'll admit it did come in handy when I was looking for something funny to put on a card for my Granddad. But still. Finally, after months of receiving Outdoor Life I started getting notices in the mail threatening to stop sending me the magazines if I didn't pay to continue my subscription. "Great!" I thought. But their threats were weak. They kept sending them to me anyway. Finally after a few more months of this, I stopped receiving this gem and started finding this in my mailbox:
Once again, addressed to ME. My name on the magazine. Now this one at least has prettier pictures and more interesting ads, but I STILL DID NOT ORDER IT. It gets more attention than Outdoor Life, but not anywhere near as much attention as my Martha Stewart Magazines that I saved from seven years ago. Poor Backpacker magazine. So lonely.
So this is my question: why am I receiving these magazines I did not order? I mean, they are real magazines. It's not like the baby magazines we get in the mail all the time that are 1/4 articles that you could look up online anyway (but wouldn't) and 3/4 ads for baby and kid stuff. These are things that some people actually pay to have delivered to their homes. I keep wondering--is this some kind of prank? Or was Outdoor Life just a fluke, but Backpacker magazine is secretly being funded by my mother as some sort of ploy to get me home to go backpacking with her like I was raised to do? I have no idea. I mean, I do sign up for a lot of free stuff, but I still don't really understand why I am being sent real magazines for free. What's the logic in that? Do the companies do it on purpose, hoping that I will be stupid enough to pay for more copies when those termination notices start coming? Is business really that bad? I also admit that the thought has crossed my mind that these bizzare subscriptions are Chris and Anna's doing. I can just imagine them signing up for something free and putting my name down instead as a joke. Although the flaw in this theory is that I don't think they know our address by heart. I guess perhaps I'll never know (unless it is you, Mom--fess up).