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News of the Week: Stamp Prices Might Go Up, Sears Might Go Down, and Young People Hate American Cheese

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55 Cents?

I’m an enormous fan of snail mail and the submit workplace. I do know “there’s an app for that” for a lot of of the issues we used to do by way of mail, nevertheless it’s one of the issues I don’t need to surrender. I nonetheless ship a number of items of snail mail a month, paying payments, sending official types, and even writing letters to individuals. I don’t actually perceive how, even on this age of the web, an individual can get by purely on-line, and I say this as somebody who’s on-line 10 hours a day.

Then once more, I don’t perceive how individuals get by today not sporting a wristwatch or having cable TV both.

I talked to a few of individuals (that was the extent of my analysis for this column) who completely swear they by no means, ever use snail mail, and even they needed to admit that, oh yeah, they do ship one or two issues by way of mail right here and there, like their lease checks or a invoice they will’t pay on-line (they nonetheless don’t perceive watches, although).

The USA Postal Service needs to boost the worth of a first-class stamp to 55 cents, a rise of 5 cents. It might be the largest one-time improve since 1991. I say that’s nonetheless an excellent deal. Think about if mail have been simply now invented and they informed you that, for 55 cents, we’ll ship your mail anyplace in the nation in a couple of days. We’d assume that was fairly superb, as a result of it’s.

I would like the USPS to stay round ceaselessly, and I vote we are saying okay to no matter they want. Quite a bit of individuals assume they take tax cash, however they don’t. They should be run as an unbiased group, and they need to go to Congress to get charges accredited. The cash they lose yearly? There are lots of causes for that. Positive, I ship quite a bit of e-mail and pay for a lot of issues on-line, however I like the choice of snail mail, one thing that gained’t get hacked or get a virus, and that doesn’t make me take a look at yet one more display.

So much of individuals say we don’t want the USPS as a result of corporations like FedEx and UPS can deal with deliveries. You assume FedEx or UPS goes to ship a letter to a rural group throughout the nation in two or three days for 55 cents? Good luck with that.

Sears Information for Chapter

One of the fondest Christmas reminiscences of my childhood is studying the annual Sears Want Guide. I might very rigorously undergo the catalogue to seek out all of the gadgets (translation: toys and video games) I needed for Christmas. Then I might make a useful chart for my mother with every merchandise’s identify, the worth, and the web page the place the merchandise could possibly be discovered (hey, I used to be solely making an attempt to be useful!). They discontinued the catalogue a number of years in the past, although they nonetheless publish a a lot smaller model in Canada and launched a particular Want Ebook and Want E-book app in 2017.

Now Sears has filed for Chapter 11 chapter. They’re closing 142 extra Sears and Kmart shops, after closing 45 shops simply two months in the past and 103 shops a couple of months earlier than that.

That is unhappy. I’m not saying I shopped at Sears as a lot as I did years in the past, nevertheless it was all the time comforting to know that they have been nonetheless there. (They usually have been the solely place that bought my favourite model of sneakers.) Final week, I went to the mall and the Sears was closed, only a big wall the place the entrance was. Subsequent yr it’s going to get replaced by a health middle and a parking zone.

Young People vs. American Cheese

First they got here for our cereal, and then they got here for our mayonnaise. Now younger individuals have formally gone too far. They’re abandoning American cheese.

Youthful individuals (and let’s not blame this all on “millennials,” a time period publications hold utilizing to explain anybody younger) simply aren’t feeling American cheese anymore. Gross sales of American cheese and comparable merchandise like Velveeta will drop an estimated 1.6 % this yr, which is the fourth yr in a row they’ve seen a decline.

And this isn’t one of these area of interest issues that goes nowhere, a short lived anomaly in the meals world. Eating places have taken discover, too. The A&W chain switched to cheddar, Wendy’s gives asiago, and Panera Bread changed the American cheese on their sandwiches with a four-cheese combo that folks appear to love.

Perhaps it’s the plastic wrapper round American cheese. It didn’t was bought that method. Perhaps if they begin promoting it with out the wrapper and put the phrase artisanal on the package deal, youthful individuals would really like it once more.

I imply, what do younger individuals use for his or her grilled cheese sandwiches now? Gouda? Brie? That is America, not some fancy place like France!

Let’s get #SaveAmericanCheese trending on Twitter.

No Womxn, No Cry

I’ve a principle: We’re all drowning in info. This isn’t a very unique statement, however that doesn’t make it any much less true. And never solely are we overwhelmed by the regular varieties of info we obtain — TV information, newspapers, books, historical past, social media — it’s that individuals are making an attempt to vary the issues we already know, issues we don’t want to vary.

This week’s instance: the spelling of the phrase lady. Everyone knows that’s the approach it’s spelled, proper? Properly, some individuals need to change that. A library and museum in London referred to as The Wellcome Assortment despatched out a tweet — and that is often how all dangerous concepts begin — asking if the phrase lady ought to be spelled womxn, to get away from its origins from the phrase man and make it “less patriarchal.”

As the cheese-hating youngsters say right now, I can’t even.

Not solely is it complicated as a result of that’s not how lady is spelled, the new spelling makes it seem like a brand new ldl cholesterol or blood strain treatment. “Ask your doctor if womxn is right for you.”

If we’re going to vary the spelling to womxn, then I insist we modify different phrases too. “Man” will now be spelled m!n, boy can be spelled b2y, and woman will probably be spelled with 9 ampersands: gi&&&&&&&&&l.

One Big Public sale for Mankind

One of the truisms of life is that every part ultimately will get bought.

Up for public sale on November 1 and 2 (and then continued in two different auctions in 2019) are the personal gadgets of first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, topic of the new film First Man. Included in the public sale of 1,200 gadgets might be Armstrong’s spacesuit from a Gemini flight, letters, gadgets that went with the astronaut to the moon, and even items of the propeller and wing from the Wright Brothers’ 1903 flyer.

Armstrong’s mother and father appeared on a 1962 episode of I’ve Acquired a Secret. Pay shut consideration to what host Garry Moore says at the four:39 mark.

RIP Carol Corridor, Paul Allen, and Peggy McCay

Carol Corridor was a composer most well-known for the Broadway musical The Greatest Little Whorehouse in Texas. She additionally was one of the individuals behind the ’70s album and TV particular Free to Be … You and Me, and labored on Sesame Road. Corridor additionally wrote dozens of songs for artists like Barbra Streisand, Lena Horne, and Tony Bennett. She died final week at the age of 82.

Paul Allen was the co-founder of Microsoft and proprietor of each the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Path Blazers. Earlier this yr, Allen’s analysis firm discovered the long-lost wreckage of the USS Juneau. He died Monday at the age of 65.

Peggy McCay was in all probability greatest recognized for her decades-long run as Caroline Brady on Days of Our Lives. She additionally portrayed Andy’s highschool girlfriend on The Andy Griffith Present and Charlie’s spouse on Lou Grant. McCay died Sunday at the age of 90.

Quote of the Week

YouTube went down for a terrifying 60 minutes on Tuesday night time, prompting many to submit tweets like this:

Youtube outage forces hundreds of thousands to remain targeted, accomplish duties. #youtubeDown

— The Beaverton (@TheBeaverton) October 17, 2018

 

This Week in Historical past

Cornerstone of White Home Laid (October 13, 1792)

Oddly, nobody is aware of the place the cornerstone is at this time.

Jackie Mason Fired from The Ed Sullivan Present (October 18, 1964)

The comedian was doing his stand-up act, when Sullivan motioned to him together with his fingers to wrap up the act. Mason acquired irritated and copied the finger actions, and Sullivan thought Mason had given him “the finger.” Sullivan banned Mason from the present for 2 years, however he was welcomed again in 1966. (For the report, Mason didn’t do what he was accused of, and Sullivan apologized.)

This Week in Saturday Night Publish Historical past: Kraft Fall Cheese Pageant (October 17, 1953)

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Take a look at all that cheese! Principally, this can be a younger individual’s nightmare advert.

Fall Recipes

It seems like the cool temps of autumn have lastly locked in for the season (he stated cautiously), so how about some recipes that scream (or at the very least whisper) fall?

Midwest Dwelling has an Autumn Beef Stew; Meals & Wine has these Chipotle-Roasted Child Carrots; Bon Appétit has this recipe for Chili Colorado, and our personal Curtis Stone has these recipes for the season: Butternut Squash with Sage and Brown Butter and a Shaved Fall Apple Salad.

If that’s not sufficient for you, The New York Occasions has a particular part of 72 extra fall recipes, every part from hearty soups and satisfying pasta dishes to sweet apples and wealthy desserts. You can make a special one each night time for the relaxation of the yr and nonetheless have some left over for January.

Subsequent Week’s Holidays and Occasions

Nationwide Mole Day (October 23)

This isn’t the day to rejoice the small animal that lives underground, neither is it the day to rejoice scrumptious sauces or issues that develop in your physique. It truly has to do with chemistry.

World Collection Begins (October 23)

The Boston Pink Sox meet the Nationwide League winner — which will probably be determined this weekend — in the 114th version of the best-of-seven collection, airing on Fox at eight p.m.

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