Saturday, January 02, 2016

Junk mail ads

A couple of weeks ago an email arrived from  The gist of the email was providing a way to stop junk mail from being delivered to my mail box by opting out.

I thought about that for awhile, and decided that I wanted advertising mail to continue because for me some of it is useful. However, there is one class of ad mail that I really don't like. These are ads that are printed newspaper size.  From groceries, furniture stores and the like. Before I'd take these ads up to my apartment and drop them in my waste basket.

However, a comment on the DMA website told of the writer putting a note up inside her mailbox so that the postal delivery person would read it. I decided to try that tactic myself.

Here is my note:
"Please do not deliver any bulk ad mail here.
Examples are ads from: Vons, Sprout's, Ralph's grocery,
Direct TV, Trader Joe's"

It worked great!

Trip preparations
This morning I made hotel reservations for my four day stay in Mazatlan. The reservations are all in place now. The hotel in Tijuana. The Volaris Airline. And now the hotel in Mazatlan.

I biked down to the Metro Trolley station nearest Guava Gardens because I was not exactly sure where that station was located. This coming Tuesday, my trip to Mazatlan begins with a taxi ride to this trolley station.

While I was at the station, I loaded $10 worth of fare on the Compass card. $5 each way. La Mesa to San Ysidro near the International Border and return. The Compass card is a smart card used for paying fare on the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.


  1. Congrats on your success -- I may try the same thing.

  2. You have a very nice mailman. He is risking his job by not delivering such ads.

    1. Whoa! I did not know that my mailman could get in trouble by my request.

      Maybe I should remove that note.


  3. We have done the same thing when we head south each winter. When we are back home we remove the note. The postman can't really get in trouble when he is following a customer's (you) request.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. Have a great trip !

    Lot's of memories..