Old phone books still helpful

My collection of old Hillsboro phone books that Myrtle Mohn gave to me several years ago has come in handy many times.

If I can’t remember what used to be “there” in town, I look in an old phone book and, in a short time, I can usually find it either in the white pages or yellow pages. Since there were fewer pages back then, there’s less to search through.

If I had more time I would digitally scan the white pages in all of those old books so they would be searchable with a computer. Maybe I should stay up an hour later each night to accomplish that, but then I probably would have to get up an hour later to make up for it.

I think the “search” feature may be one of the best things to come from the invention of the computer. It used to be that a search would yield only what was in the name of a file or folder. Now, it also searches what is contained inside all of the documents.

Now that I have some experience with Medicare and Social Security, I am starting to see why reforms are sorely needed.

I changed my Part D provider recently to save money, but still get mail from the previous insurer. Why wouldn’t they be notified promptly so they could save all of that needless mailing—unless it’s designed to create more revenue for the postal system.

Also, Social Security sent me an unnecessary mailing regarding what to do to set up my account. I had already applied online many months ago.

Last year Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler debuted on “American Idol” and I think he brought new life and energy to the show. That said, I was interested to see Oprah’s two-hour interview with him on her new show Sunday nights on OWN.

Obviously, he has lived a hard life during 40 years of touring with Aerosmith, but the softer side of him came through when he spoke of growing up in a small, sleepy town named Sunapee in New Hampshire and all the mistakes he made along the way.

Extending the payroll tax holiday for two months seems idiotic to me on several counts. First, doesn’t Congress know how fast two months goes by? Second, what they are collecting doesn’t go into a trust fund for the intended purpose but is spent the minute it hits the treasury. Why bother to collect it? Instead, include it in the income tax collected or fund its supposed benefits from the general fund. As far as I can tell, it really has no correlation to its intended purpose.

If you want to dine out, it appears Hillsboro and Marion County have become a destination point. The two towns have lots of good choices—probably as good as they’ve ever been. But I do miss the old Kingfisher Inn and my liver pate.

I always look forward to breakfast on Sunday because that’s when I can have jelly on my toast. That is a self-imposed rule. The other days, I eat crunchy peanut butter for the protein.

My wife observed Sunday that I had put so much jelly on my toast that it would have been enough for all of the other days of the week as well.

Still, rules are rules.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@hillsborofreepress.com.

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