Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Two Personal Items

Item One: Septic Solution!

Back in the fall, I posted an item about a personal "impossible situation." ( The drain field on our septic system had collapsed, and there seemed to be no legal solutions. I mentioned that we had no idea how it would be solved. Our well is in the back yard, and the drain field has to be over 100 feet from the well. Our yard is 85 feet wide, meaning we could not use our yard. We talked to the Assembly of God next door, and the man who owned the cornfield behind us. Neither was willing to sell land or host our drain field. We were told that we could not put the drain field in the front yard because there was not enough room there either.

One of the men in our church had a pump which we hooked up to a hose and pumped our "liquids" out into a corner of our back yard. Trust me, when the wind was right, our back yard was aromatic - not in a nice way. Of course, the grass grew well this spring!

I stated that the situation looked impossible, but that we believed God would give a solution. He did.

In late April, my wife asked for prayer about this in her Sunday School class. (Pumping our waste into the back yard bothered her for some reason - women are odd that way.) One of the ladies told her that they knew someone who could help. We got in touch with him and he came over. He found a solution. There was just enough room in the front yard, so he put in a lift station and put the drain field in the front yard.

When we got back from the wedding in New York, we had a new drain field. We were disappointed in one thing. I offered Ben to the man instead of payment for the drain field (the solution was legal, successful and very expensive) but he said he already had an 18-year-old and didn't need another.

We are grateful for a solution to this problem! Thank for for all who cared and prayed for us. It is probably the only time many of you ever prayed for a septic system, right?

Item Two: My Hobby

Everyone needs a hobby, right? I have one that I want to share with you. I hope that my hobby will become a national movement. If it does, all our lives will be improved.

Do you, like me, get piles and piles of credit card solicitations? I got more and more annoyed with the appeals, until I had a break-through thought. In each of these solicitations is a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope.

So, whenever I get a credit-card solicitation, I just write "please throw away your own trash" on the letter and then send it all back to them - mailing envelope and all. Stuff it all in the self-addressed envelope and stick it in the mailbox.

There is one problem. When you do this, the credit card companies get miffed and stop sending you solicitations. Poor sports. I got two while I was gone to the wedding and they are the first I have had in months. They are packaged and ready for mailing.

There are advantages to this hobby.

1) It costs you nothing. How many peope bankrupt themselves with boats, golf, macrame or whatever. This costs nothing and brings such joy.

2) It cannot be addictive, like some hobbies. If you are faithful to mail back your credit card solicitations, they will stop very quickly. The people at Capitol One are the slowest to get the message, but they eventually get it. Then, you have to find a new hobby.

3) It is good for the environment. Most of these big companies have recycling programs, so they will recycle your mail. Also, they will then stop sending the solicitations to you, and that will help the environment.

I should call this "Save the Environment with Dave's Soliciation Send-back."

4) This hobby gives you a deep sense that you are "sticking it to the man!"

By the way, this works almost as well with those annoying solicitations that fall out of your magazines when you open them. Send them back blank!

One Warning: this will NOT work with credit card BILLS. Only solicitations. If you wad up your credit card bill and resend it, you will be the one who suffers. (I only included this warning because of my fear that Cedar Rapids Bohemies might read this).

Join the movement. Save the environment.

It just feels good to know you are making a difference!


Anonymous said...

Hey, when you get those postage-paid solicitations, try this instead:

Dave Miller said...

I do not recommend doing what anonymous suggested. That is excessively cruel. I just put everything in the envelope and send it. The company gets the message!

I have a sneaking suspicion that attaching the letter to a brick could cause legal repercussions. Mailing back everything that they sent you and asking them to dispose of it is reasonable.

But, anonymous, I appreciate that you are trying to do something constructive with your time.

Sign your name next time.

Todd Bacon said...

I love it. In highschool we used to take the ones out of magazines and sign a friend up for 10 or more. That was always fun.

Praise God on the answer to the septic system solution. Sounds expensive.