True or false: my last name is a valid Scrabble word.
True. It's even a bingo.
On my way to work this morning, I called some catalog vendor to get my name taken off their list. I ordered something from them once, and that was sufficient provocation for them to send me big thick treekilling paper catalogs every few weeks. I'd had quite enough of that.
I gave her my name and address. While she was waiting for the computer she asked, "Did you know that a beadle was a church official?"
"Why yes. It's also a character in Sweeney Todd-- the police officer is known as The Beadle in the script."
She then proceeded to go through her database and take me off of of about ten different catalog lists. That's enough dead trees to make the baby jesus cry.
All this because I bought a pair of boots! On the plus side, I'm sure they spent more dumping paper in my mailbox than they made on the sale, plus it cost them a ten-minute call to their 800 number. Ha!
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