I receive a lot of interesting (read: junk) mail, but I usually don't mind too much. There's nothing more unsatisfying than going to check your mailbox only to find there's absolutely nothing there. I thrive on getting bills, advertisements, and the occasional actually interesting letter or postcard from a friend.
A few days ago I received a piece of junk mail unlike any I have ever received before. I'll include a few excerpts:
Dear Mr. Roberts,
Our records show that you haven't yet registered for the benefits of AARP
membership, even though you are fully eligible.
You need only return the form above. Please remove and keep the card
below as a record of enrollment. [card included with letter]
As a member, you'll have the resources and information you need to get the
most out of life over 50.
I look forward to you joining us. I think you'll agree withour other
members: AARP is one of America's very best values.
William D. Novelli
I've always wondered how these people get their data on who turns 50 and is eligible to be a member of AARP. Now I know the answer... dumb luck. While I'm honored to be invited, I think I'll do the world a favor and wait another 24 years until I'm eligible. I'm always a fan of discounts though, and they were kind enough to include a membership card with the letter clearly embossed with my name on it. Perhaps I can get some cheap eats at the IHOP, since I know very well from my parents that it's THE PLACE for the retired people to eat. :)
Or maybe not. And I thought it was only me who felt old sometimes...