Starting today, I will cancel something every day and simplify my life a tad. I will remove myself from mailing lists, go on "no junk-mail" and "do not call" lists, cancel old credit/store cards and accounts, find a decent cell phone company and put my money in a local savings bank. I give myself until the end of May to get it all accomplished, given that I am driving to Santa Fe next week. But I can do a lot on line, so I will keep at it. Just one cancellation a day would be enough to gradually reclaim control over my privacy and over my finances. I recommend you do the same. It's liberating and actually FUN!
I am pleased to announce that I no longer receive emails from Orbitz,
Kayak, Informaworld, Microsoft, Unity-FM (how did I ever get signed-up for this one?), allrugby (another odd one), Ancestry.com, Lending Tree, and my old mortgage company. I have been on an unsubscribing rampage. There are many more to come... As part of my new habit, before deleting a message from my inbox, I check to see if it's something I want to unsubscribe from.
There are "nice" ways to let one unsubscribe - where all it takes is a reply with the word "unsubscribe" on the subject line - and "not-so-nice" ways, when the company actually requires you to sign in just so you can change your user settings and thus stop receiving spam. I'll get around to canceling those as well, but first I have to request for them to send me a password. How bogus is that!?
Just before writing this piece, I canceled my Netflix membership.
I enjoyed the service, but I am not in Spencer enough to fully get the benefits, plus I much prefer to read a good book to watching a movie by myself.
It was exhilarating! After I hit submit, I jumped up and acted as if I had just scored the winning goal in the World Cup Soccer final... weird but true.
It's addictive. Speaking of which, I am going to also unsubscribe from smoking hand-rolled cigarettes. The Easy-Way... again. I don't need to smoke any more. I have a new habit now... and its side-effects are actually good for me!
Who's next on the chopping block?
I'll keep you posted... (look for #canc in my tweets!)
* Maybe, being a "Lord", I can crash some of the parties that Kyle has been giggin' at in Oxford!