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Notes from Steve

January 11, 2018

This past weekend for me was a rarity.  I had no plans … so I binge watched TV.  I heard that the show The Crown was good and I was reluctant because I really didn’t want to watch 8 hours of stuff about the queen – but it was great. It was post WW2 and all sorts of history was present throughout – I was on Google the whole time asking questions and getting background.  I was amazed at how little I knew.  The act of reversing ignorance through binge watching Netflix. 

I am sad to say as well that after a quarter of a century I am no longer a subscriber to the Des Moines Register. ("big deal ... who cares?") This is important for two reasons.  First, I was a devoted customer that started out as a carrier of the paper in the 70's and as a devoted customer I would manage up and defend the Register. I was loyal. Second, last week I got a letter in the mail that said that my paper was going from $47 a month to $69 a month. So roughly with tips and taxes - $900 a year, for my daily newspaper. Not appropriate. I called them to ask about it and they said the hold time was 2 hours. I finally tracked them down by Facebook and just cancelled. I'm somewhat depressed with canceling the paper because this represents a large part of how I received my information. Change is hard ...

Not being informed is not an option.  It shouldn’t be for any of us.  I can find a way around the daily paper but the bottom line is times are changing.  That was one of the themes in The Crown  - the rituals and customs change daily, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.  We are being pushed in directions that will require us to act differently – to get our information in other places and our option is to step back and become ignorant.  Avoid knowledge.  Or … we can embrace change, read on-line, listen to public radio, binge watch Netflix – whatever and however you can stay informed, do it.  Be informed, be knowledgeable and act accordingly. 

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