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Sunday Ritual - CinemaDave

Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:50 pm Sunday Ritual

As long as I can remember, the most consistent thing about Sunday morning is sitting around, reading the newspaper and watching "Meet the Press" (in my younger days it used to be watching an Abbott & Costello movie at 11:30 a.m. on WPIX Channel 11- color comics were a big thing in those days.)

My family and I could spend hours reading the paper. The articles and editorials had depth and understanding of many subjects. Boring topics would be made interesting by enthusastic writers.

Nowadays, I can finish the Sunday newspaper within twenty minutes.
The Arts & Entertainment section is on the verge of extinction. Local news about cultural activities have given space to overpriced ticket sales of supposedly big entertainment acts.

Newspaper circulation is down and this is blamed on the internet. However biased reporting and elitist opinion may be an overlooked factor to circulation sales.

Oh, would you like to know a third reason why circulation is going down?
Deceptive billing practices.

This morning - our local Tribune Newspaper did something sneaky. After convincing my 80 something year old Mom to renew her subscription automatically online, the SUN SENTINEL raised their rates. Automatically.
Like any bully, when challenged - they back down. Dad spoke to the customer service rep and the Customer Service Rep provided Mom the credit. The Customer Service Rep also heard an earful about what is wrong with the newspaper.

The local Tribune newspaper has become a propaganda rag. The management has until September to get their act together or the Cinema Dave family will be reading books instead of newspapers on Sunday mornings.

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Date:June 3rd, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
A few years ago in a bizarre fit of nostalgia I bought some Silly Putty displayed near the cash register while waiting in line to pay for groceries.

When I was a kid Silly Putty could be pressed against the Sunday comics to copy the images. But it no longer works because the comics now use Anti-Silly Putty ink!

Is nothing sacred? :(