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Where we live: Cluttered inboxes and silly surveys

I am sure your email inbox is loaded with junk emails from every site you ever visited, or any discount you tried to get along the way.

They just pile up and before you know it you have 20,000 emails in your promotion box. (Don’t judge me. I like to keep the economy going by shopping.)

Gmail will show me a message telling me I have not opened an email from that sender in a month. Then I have the opportunity to unsubscribe or just let it go. Most times I let it go because I never know when I’ll want to shop at that company again.

My TN account is a different story. In the midst of all the important local emails, we get a lot of junk.

I’ll admit I would not be able to sleep at night if I didn’t have info on people burying your pets.

Here’s an excerpt from the PR firm promoting National Pet Day:

“Pet ownership in the U.S. has increased 11% since 1988, implying that unique pet burial options are growing at a similar rate,” says the news release.

• Among the many creative uses for a pet’s ashes, a permanent option is mixing them with tattoo ink for roughly $289 so that your pet can be with you forever.

No way. Just get Fido stuffed like everyone else.

• The long-used backyard burial method is actually illegal in a few states, including California and Arkansas. (Who knew?)

• The average burial cost in a pet cemetery starts at $470, and increases depending on the size of the pet.

Of course it does.

What I don’t understand is how National Pet Day became National Dead Pet Day, but luckily it’s not my job to figure that out.

Here’s one that might interest those who share my hobby of shopping:

Delivery tracking in America is becoming an obsession for many online shoppers.

May I point out that it would not be an obsession if we could just get the package delivered when it’s promised?

Anyway, there’s a new study (Of course it’s a new study, because who wants to know about the old study?).

The new study revealed that 60% of people who make purchases online check their delivery status daily or multiple times a day.

Yes, Jimmy, your package is still in a warehouse in Big City, Pennsylvania. No, we haven’t seen it in a few days.

So, the release continues:

• 81% have experienced anxiety when packages arrive late. Yes, Missy, you’ll have to admit you forgot about Aunt Marge’s birthday and you ordered at the last minute.

• Two in three people look out their window to watch for deliveries. I get it - some people might be watching so they can bring the package in before their neighbors steal it. But I bet some of those people might just need a more productive hobby.

• So, 65% say delivery tracking can be “addicting.” Refer to my previous reply. Get a hobby.

• Three in four shoppers want packages delivered within three days of ordering. OK, I’d like that, too.

But now I need to ask who paid for this survey and where can I get some of that money used to spew out goofy results?

Lastly, the study revealed more than half (57%) say package tracking is “very important” to them, while 29% won’t buy something online if they can’t track its status.

Hmmm, I can agree that I need to know when something will be delivered, but I won’t start obsessing over it until Dec. 23.

Up until that time I will just keep busy reading emails about surveys.