190616. Father's Day Happiness Pray
I like to honor Father's Day in my own small ways.
This year, I'd like to share tips related to snail-mail campaigns and a look at how I'm setting one up myself.
The campaign will be seeking, for legimate and reasonable purposes that are protected under U.S. laws, to “gather information” related to my putative father Jim Kiraly's past actions and current situation.
Note: I say “putative father” because the jury is out on whether or not Jim is my biological father.
I'll be focusing on the cities of Solvang, CA and Pismo Beach, CA though Menlo Park, CA, Austin, TX, and other cities will be included.
Solvang, CA is relevant because it's where Jim and his wife Grace Kiraly have settled for the time being.
In fact, they're at 636 Atterdag Road unless they've packed up a load and hit the road in question. This is possible but unlikely.
Jim has dodged the honors that are due him for 7 years. However now, I think, he's gone to ground in a town that he has no plans to leave.
The current snail-mail campaign is unusual in one respect.
Solvang, CA has a population of just 5,500 or so souls. It isn't a very large town. I have the names and snail-mail addresses of as many as 50% to 75% of the residents.
For the first time in the 7 years that I've been conducting legitimate and reasonable research that is protected under U.S. laws, I'm going to reach a large chunk of one of the cities involved.
Potentially half the city. I'm likely to reach more people than the local newspapers do.
Note to attorneys:
I'm not presently under any legal or ethical obligation to preserve records related to the current campaign or any other campaigns.
So, it probably won't be possible to meet demands either a priori or ex post facto for lists of addresses either possessed or communicated with.
Have a pleasant day. Oh, and kindly click on >>this link<< to review the Legitimate and Reasonable Purposes List.
Thank you for your kind attention to exactly trucked your violent abuser client Jim Kiraly, 636 Atterdag Road, Solvang, CA, SSN 038-20-8134 is.
Seeking to communicate with the public?
If you'd like to send an inquiry to a large group of people by snail-mail, and it'll fit on a large postcard, that's a simple undertaking. There are “print and mail” firms which specialize in that.
If your document is bigger than a postcard, but no more than 10 printed pages in length, a simple #10 letter approach will do.
In this case, you'll print double-sided to 20 lb 8.5"x11" pages. The result should be 5 or fewer 8.5"x11" sheets weighing, ideally, 1 oz total or less.
A single staple in the upper-left corner will be sufficient binding. You'll fold each copy to fit in a standard #10 envelope and mail it using a single USPS stamp.
You might or might not need a “print and mail” firm for this approach.
It's possible that 5 sheets (10 pages) plus the envelope and stamp will total just over 1 oz.
So, depending on the exact weight of the paper, you might only be able to send 4 sheets (8 pages) at the single-stamp price.
You can use the preceding approach for larger mailings. However, postage will be higher and you'll need to switch to 9"x12" envelopes at some point.
Note: I prefer, and recommend, sturdy 9"x12" manilla envelopes.
If a mailing is much larger, you'll also need to use 2 or 3 staples close to the left edge of the document. Heavy duty staples might be required.
I've done it this way for documents totaling up to 80 to 100 pages
(40 to 50 8.5"x11" sheets).
The largest documents were years ago. I did them without the aid of a “print and mail” firm.
I'd guess that a document in that class — let's say 45 8.5"x11" sheets (90 8.5"x11" pages) — plus staples and a 9"x12" manilla envelope might weigh a total of roughly 11 oz.
That would cost $2.50 per unit to mail First-Class at 2019 rates. $2.50 is more than it cost me years ago, but it sounds consistent if we take inflation into account.
The cost to print or copy a document of this example size (45 sheets or 90 pages) at a walk-in print/copy center is big-time pricey.
This is how I did it at the start, years ago. However, I must have negotiated a deal. I don't recall the details, but I wouldn't have paid the rates that I see advertised these days.
Walk-in print/copy rates are, based on recent calls, about 25 cents per 8.5"x11" sheet for double-sided output. Depending on the firm, there might be a discount for large quantities.
This works out, before the possible discount, to about $11.25 for a 45 sheet (or 90 page) document.
$11.25 for printing plus $2.50 for postage = Nope :)
It's better, for large numbers of documents or large numbers of pages, to use a “print and mail” firm. Firms of this type can do the work faster and cheaper than you can.
This is what I've done most often in recent years for snail-mail.
I've used couriers, too, to do things like blanket city blocks with printed copies of documents. However, that's a different subject.
The trick is, of course, to find decent shops to work with. But I've talked to a number of these firms over the years and my sense is that there's enough competition that the sub-par companies don't last.
The documents that I've sent in recent years have followed the double-sided 8.5"x11" model discussed above.
This has worked well enough, but that model isn't friendly to larger documents. In particular, staples are problematic once you get up to high page counts.
For the current Solvang, CA snail-mail campaign, I'm going to try something different.
I've talked to a few firms and consensus seems to be that the following approach is worth a try:
* Print each copy of a document on 11"x17" sheets of paper using software that fits four standard 8.5"x11" pages onto the two sides of each 11"x17" sheet.
* Fold each set of 11"x17" printouts to make a booklet of 8.5"x11" pages. The booklet isn't bound.
* Print addresses directly onto 9"x12" envelopes. Insert copies of the documents into the envelopes. Mail using Second Class as opposed to First Class.
This approach is cost-effective. For 500 units at a time, depending on the firm that's offering the quote and the number of pages involved, it appears that this can be done for $2.50 to $3.50 per unit including both printing and postage.
At the low end of the price range, and taking inflation into account, that's the same price that I paid years ago for postage alone when sending large documents.
Sign me up. Solvang, CA, metaphorically, here I come. :)
Father's Day Thoughts
It wouldn't be Father's Day without the 2013 piece in which I finally worked out What the Hell had happened.
It was astonishing to see it actually happen. My Father, mentally ill, out of control, and with the funds needed to do real damage.
What really happened, though? Were Jim's delusions due to senescence? Does my Father, senility diapers askew, befoul himself with excrement as he glares at the computer he's accused me of hacking, certain that I must be lurking somewhere in the shadows even now? Is the next step to accuse me of riding broomsticks in the night sky as my copilot Christ and I circle about, cackling with glee as we plan our next move?
No. Jim's mind is going the way that his Uncle John's mind went. In the end, there will be nothing left. But he came after me because he was working backwards. Something that he's done all his life.
You've seen people lie consciously. I've seen others convince themselves that black is white and white is carrots. Both things happen.
Excrementum Meum, Sapidum et Salubri
Jim Kiraly of 636 Atterdag Road, Solvang CA, if you should happen to read this, I'd like to offer you best wishes for good health.
If you don't happen to read this, there's no need to be concerned that you'll miss out on honor and respect.
The town in which you've settled — pretty much the entire population of 5,500 ‐ is going to know, for legitimate and reasonable purposes that are protected under U.S. laws, the esteem that you've earned and in which you should be held.
Jim Kiraly, I've wondered, in the years since 2013,
have you enjoyed the taste of
excrementum meum, sapidum et salubri?
Brown and delicious
For you, it's nutritious
Let it slide down your throat
I'm not speaking by rote
Technical notes for webdevs:
I consider this theme to be pretty good for its purposes. Note that it doesn't need JS or PHP7 except for statistics or comments. It's fast and mobile-friendly regardless.
The preceding Best Wishes rhyme incorporates a new feature ported from the minetest.org version of the theme: floating stanzas.
There's no mechanism, yet, for controlling the width of the stanzas. But if I just want to dash off a quick rhyme without a lot of wasted white space — but stay mobile-responsive — it does the trick.
I say “theme”, but it's actually a markup language that supports all of the features that I typically use when I assemble a non-JS site.