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September 26th, 2004

Doctor’s Office Magazines

Yesterday I was at the doctor (I had the Pac-Man Fever) and while waiting, grabbed a magazine. I was stunned to read the headline on the front page, asking if Ronald Reagan had a legitimate shot at the 1980 presidency.

All right, all right, I exaggerate. The Time was really from July of this year but still, July? It got me to wondering why there’s the occasional ancient magazine in the available pile or rack. Now, stuff like Highlights – a kids’ magazine that somehow manages to avoid the Really Important Topics like politics, war, and money – that’s fine. They could have issues from 1977 for all I know, and Goofus & Gallant would be just as fresh as ever.

So here’s an idea. Patients, bring in your magazines. No more than one month old. Then the office can just clear things out every month. Can you imagine the diversity? We’d still have Highlights (we’ll always have Highlights) but in addition to Time and Generic Women’s Magazine With Weight Loss Tips and Recipe for 1,000 Calorie Dessert, we’d get… Wired. Field and Stream. Maybe even O! Exciting!

You know what? Don’t even wait for your doctor to institute this policy. Bring a magazine in, leave it on the table. Everyone will appreciate it.

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FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday September 26, 2004 -- 2:49:07 pm
Hrm -- If this policy starts catching on, I might go to a doctor near the University of Delaware. Nothing like a waiting room lobby filled with "Maxim", "Stuff", and "Beer Keg Weekly".

FROM: Monica
DATE: Sunday September 26, 2004 -- 5:17:52 pm
a bunch of my friends and I gave a gift subscription of "Stuff" to a prof. because he said that word ALL THE TIME. This was when the mag. was brand new, and none of us knew how Maxim-like it was going to be. (Who knows what we thought it was going to be, maybe Joe Revees'll fill in my memory?) He was reprimanded by one of the office assistants for having personal mail delivered at work!
Anyway, the magazines at my dentist's office in Madison were pretty new, but they just got a new reception area and probably threw out all the old ones as part of the demolition.

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 1:52:37 am
I like reading the cooking light magazines. I like to see all those great meals that no one can afford to fix let alone eat.
One thing though, when I do find a picture of a great meal, I look for the receipe and find that someone already tore it out. The receptionist has a copy machine. Can't one just copy the receipe and leave the magizine intact?

FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Thursday September 30, 2004 -- 8:22:43 pm
Recently I was at the same eye doctor I've been seeing since 1985 or so, when I was five. The only magazine that wasn't Golf Digest was a Highlights, and as I was flipping through it, I found a completed crossword puzzle . . . in my own childish handwriting.

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