I wish there was an opt-out option when it comes to the Yellowpages. The whole thing seems archaic and wasteful. When recycling day and directory delivery day cross paths, I watch the neighborhood toss the thick thin-paged books into their collection bins with unprecedented immediacy.
So while the internet serves my service-finding needs, the big yellow book has found a new purpose in our home. I now think of its innards as single sized paper towels. Aside from uses related to the inevitably edible, these yellow pages have really succeeded as a supplement.
In our home its many uses include:
- Cleaning windows
- Deodorizing plastic containers or the refrigerator (crumpled, ala the old newpaper trick)
- Wiping up some of the nastier things in life; floor muck, cat puke, pan grease
- Impromptu cat toys (again with the crumpling)
- Wrapping small fragile objects for a move, or as padding for a parcel
There are lots of possibilities, and in this new context the grand format of the book no longer bothers me. It's more compact that a stack of newspapers and just as useful. In fact, its potential for flip-book animation may actually give it a leg up!
(Images: MaryAnne Petrella)