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*****I received this today....and it does make you THINK..and it also makes me very sad.....am I really ready for all of this???? frown

    Get ready to say farewell to many things that have been a part of our lives.

Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them.But,ready or not,here they come!

1.The Post Office: Get ready to imagine a world without the post office.They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term.  Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive.Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.  

                    

2.The Check: Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018.It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check.This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail,the post office would absolutely go out of business.  

                    

3.The Newspaper: The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper.They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition.That may go the way of the milkman and the laundryman. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it.The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance.They have met with Apple, Amazon,and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.  

                    

4.The Book: You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD.But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music.The same thing will happen with books.You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy,the price is less than half that of a real book and think of the convenience!  Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you‘re holding a gadget instead of a book.  

                    

5.The Land Line Telephone: Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore.  Most people keep it simply because they‘re always had it.  But you are paying double charges for that extra service.  All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.  

6 Music: This is one of the saddest parts of the change story.The music industry is dying a slow death.Not just because of illegal downloading.It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it.Greed and corruption is the problem.The record labels and the radio conglomerates simply self-destruction. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalog items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with,older established artists.This is also true on the live concert circuit.To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper and the video documentary, “Before the Music Dies.”  

                    

7: Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically.Not just because of the economy.People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers.They‘re playing games and doing all lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator.Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.  

                    

8: The “Things” That You Own: Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future.They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents.Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.”  That means that when you turn on a computer,the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet.  If you click an icon it will open something in the Internet cloud.  If you save something it will be saved to the cloud....and you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.  

                    

In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device.That’s the good news. But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?” Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.  

                    

9  Privacy:  If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically it would be privacy.That’s gone.It’s been gone for a long time anyway.There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7 “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles and your ads will change to reflect those habits. Then “They” will try to get you to buy something else, again and again.

                    All we will have that can’t be changed are Memories.

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 12, 2010
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      The issue with the post office is one of the reasons I decided to give up my business at the end of the year. I’ve relied on our postal service to get my chocolates to their destination at a fair price to the consumer. The cost will again go up in January and I can’t justify the increase.

      Great information Mary. Thanks for posting.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 12, 2010
    • Good post MC!

      I do use the music and book readers but I still have cd’s, albums, tapes and I don’t but all books on the reader.  

      It is sad about the post office and the paper................



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 12, 2010
    • Makes me want to start writing old fashioned letters to people and putting a stamp on it...

      Makes me want to start buying books even if I don’t read them or read them right away....I still think we should keep them.

      Makes me want to go and buy every album and cd I can just to say I have them.  

      And the “check“.  I really hate to see the check go.  For it to go though..there will have to be things put into place for the consumer or business to have...in order to show proof that whoever took that money.  Even now...with debit card transactions ...other than showing a transaction cleared your account...it’s hard to show proof that whoever got your money.  You can do it...but it’s not clear and dry like showing the front and back of a cleared check.  You can see who cashed that check.  

      I’ve been hearing for a couple of years now about the newspaper.  Sad thing is..there are still people who would rather read that “paper” than on the internet.  And we can’t forget that not everyone has internet.  So...for those people who might not have a television or a computer...the newspaper is there only means of getting any news.  But I can see those newspaper agencies charging for it on the internet.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • The business I used to work forhad quit accepting checks as form of payment. It was hard for the old school to accept that and learn to use their debit/credit card. But on the flip side of that there was less fraud/loss charges to the business when those checks bounced and went to collections. My credit union encouraged debit/credit card use a long long time ago and offers points to get you to use it. So I only wrote checks when that was the only form of payment accepted.

      I too like reading the paper. Which I do on Sunday while watching Meet the Press estatic But I also do the internet thing thru out the day.

      Even tho I have a reader I don’t have a shortage of books in my house. I am an Amazon fanatic!



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • Way to go Vikki!!



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      Lazylola wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • 1.I have not used the post office in eons, we have a place called shipping point with a drive through, much more convenient for me. I still rely on mail delivery but most is just statements or junk, I can get the same statements online and have tried going paperless, some of the companies are slow inheading my request.
      2. I can’t remember the last time I wrote out a check, I can send checks thru my bank.
      3. I quit my newspaper subscription years ago, I can get it free online, if they start charging I’m sure I’ll find other ways to stay on top of things, if not then I’ll be blissfully ignorant about all the bad stuff going on around me.
      4. I love books, but I cannot afford to buy them, thankfully a lot of the people that are buying readers are getting rid of their books, I am building my library through freecycle.
      5. I still have a landline, as I get it in a bundle pack along with cable and internet and it is cheaper for me than a cell phone, I don’t have much of a life so don’t yet have need for a cell phone, and I don’t want to be connected 24/7 to a cell.
      6. Music...I don’t buy music anywhere, I’ll add free stff to my playlist online, listen to the radio in the car or cd’s made by friends (thanks Tracy) or that I’ve picked up for 25 cents at a yard sale.
      7. TV...I still watch, but everything I watch is recorded so I can skip through the commercials...I’d hate to sit at my computer to watch my favorites, but I’m sure I could make adjustments.
      8. Things...I’ve been making those adjustments over time, I have most of my pictures on discs, I have not developed film in years, I still have the option to go online and get pictures printed...I just don’t.
      9. Privacy,,,yeah that one is a tough one...but again it has been happening for quite a while...sometimes I am aware of bigger brother watching, sometimes I just don’t pay attention...
      great post and sorry I got carried away with my response...lol



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • LOL...thanks Term.....I’m laughing at your response!!

      I hate to see a lot of these changes. I think I should start a letter writing campaign. Everyone should start writing old fashion letters to people to encourage the use of the postal service!

      I will tell you what I do to help the postal service.  All that junk mail that comes with postage paid envelopes...well I take junk from another envelope that doesn’t have my name on it...and put it in someone else’s postage paid envelope and then mail it back to them.  They only pay for postage when it’s mailed. Thus...I’m supporting the post office!! I mailed (3)just last week.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • MC I love that idea!!!!! I may start doing thatestatic

      Term I’m with you on the cameras.... I’m not doing anything bad and if something bad happened to me I know I would be thankful for those cameras if they helped in capturing the fool!

      I forgot about the landline.... I keep one even tho I seldom use. My reasons are my hubz works for the landline ATT (my reason for moving to Memphis was because ATT was downsizing) and if the power ever went out as long as you have an old school phone (not cordless) it will work. Back a few years ago when there was that big power outagein MI and other states in that area no cell phones worked only landlines!



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