Friday, February 09, 2007

Dilemma #845

I wish you could see these return address stickers. My name and address are typed in a stately font, and to the left, a smiling, bald cartoon character called Ziggy smiles and waves. I am not a big fan of Ziggy, though, like him, I do like rainbows and dogs and sweet things. I don’t know when I have read a Ziggy cartoon when I wasn’t disappointed that I would never get those poorly spent thirty seconds of my life back.
Part of my dilemma is that I like to think that I don’t waste much. When Chase sends me an invitation to have a credit cart with them, I take the free envelope enclosed and quietly thank them. I’d like to use these Ziggy address labels, except that this smiling mound of a character would constantly wave a reminder of all the time I had wasted on him. Maybe that’s not so bad: I wouldn’t have to write my return address all those time. Maybe Ziggy is finally paying me back.
Another part of my dilemma is that these return address stickers were sent to me with a free envelope, one I am expected to use to send a gift to a leukemia society, or maybe veterans. What kind of a jerk would I be if I used these stickers and did not reciprocate the gift to this benevolent society? Meanwhile, my manipulation detector is going nuts: I don’t really want to encourage these people in their rascalism.
So these stickers stay here with my correspondence stuff, unused. I can’t believe this paralyzes me so. This is probably why my life is so easy: God knows what I can handle.

4 comments:

james said...

Mr. Smithers, "So Ziggy goes to the repair shop, there's a sign on the doorbell reading `out of order'."
Mr. Burns, "Heh heh. Ah, Ziggy. Will you ever win?"

Blue November said...

Just think, in sending the Chase envelopes back, they're probably going to be received by some poor minimum wage single mother who needs Ziggy's smile... instead she gets docked pay for missing quota because of her time spent on empty envelopes. Those leukemia society volunteers, however, have to deal with donation after donation all day long, though... they would appreciate a little "mixing it up" now and again, I'm sure!

Chris said...

the tightwad in me would cut the picture of Ziggy off before peeling. I'd give the Ziggy part to my kids (at 3,3 and 1, they love stickers regardless of what's on 'em) and then use the return address labels...


but that's just me...

billy said...

Take the Ziggy and don't look back...