I've had a busy month. A conference, a couple of projects to get out the door, the usual amount of drinking, reading, cigar smoking and musing, a new effort to recapture my lost high school Latin -- well, something had to give. Except for two bills that are due in the middle of the month, I let my mail go. It piled up. And up. And up.
Tonight I went through it. I figured it would take, at most, 45 minutes to separate the bills from the junk mail, get rid of the crap, write checks, and then get back to tonight's Latin lesson. I started around 9:30. I just finished -- three hours later.
The most disturbing thing, I think, are the envelopes from companies I have no relationship with (Prudential, Discover, and others) with printed checks and up to $20,000 that can be spent merely by signing them -- there were dozens of these.
Normally I tear them up, by hand, the day they arrive, but I wonder -- how much of my life is wasted dealing with this unwanted crap? Should I buy a shredder? Would it save much time? Would I still have to open the envelopes, flatten the paper, and feed them in a page at a time?
And how much further would I be into my Latin if I didn't have to waste my time on this? Might I also have the time to begin learning ancient Greek?