Reasons why Gary signed up for six months delivery of the local paper at a ridiculous fee:
- Gary loves Rachel Maddow. She frequently tells him we should support our local paper, and he wants Rachel to love him back.
- Gary loves me, and the salesman used that. When the salesman asked where we got our news, I said ”I just need to answer a few questions in the on-line version of the Post-Dispatch and I can read anything I want.” He said, “Well, that’s one way, but if you subscribe to the delivery you can get the on-line version for free.” He then immediately looked at Gary as if to say, “Are you a monster? Why are you making your wife click on questions?”
- Gary loves animals. When I argued that the paper makes a lot of trash, the salesman said, “Oh, you can donate used papers to animal shelters. They always need a lot of newspapers to line the cages.”
So I’ve only once come inside and winged the uncollected paper at him, and I’ve said only one dry thing about the accumulating trash. (“If you’re worried about snow falling on top of the raccoon’s food you should cover it in a layer of newspaper.”)
Yet, I am beginning to warm up to it. Yesterday I sat next to him while he was reading it, and he asked, “Do you want some of the paper?”
I don’t know why, but that got me. Sharing the paper is the type of thing an old couple in love does.