Our rural address gets two directories; one “Telstra” from Yellowpages.com.au (which we have to pick up from our Post office) and one delivered from Local Search which covers a smaller area. As the internet and Local Search book fill our needs, I have not picked up our Telstra book this year. I occasionally use the paper directory when the internet is down (satellite system) or I can’t be bothered trawling through the internet. I get frustrated with White/Yellow Pages’ suggestions or getting the right category to find a business. Often rural businesses are multifaceted, but listed under one category eg where we get our tractor & dozer repairs, is listed under Steel Supplier.
Mr Z, who can’t bear to throw anything out, had directories back to 1993 and argued he had to keep them in case he wanted to know what someone’s number was. He had cause to ring his employer to say he could not get through due to floodwaters. Totally ignoring the laminated card of contacts they gave him, he looked up their 1993 number (added the extra digit) and called, totally confusing the receptionist at what was now a labour hire firm. His office had moved 20 years ago and now had new numbers. It took another 12 months before he let me put them in recycling.
I delivered phone books with the Scouts for many years. But in recent times the contractor would only pay us 12 months later when we refused to deliver that year’s until we were paid for last year.