Letter: A plea to fellow crossword lovers

Write to Mountain Xpress
Graphic by Lori Deaton

[One recent] morning as I settled in for my weekly self-care ritual, coffee with the Mountain Xpress crossword, I flipped to the final page to discover, yet again, that some other local enthusiast had already completed it and returned it to the news rack.

I understand that I have the capacity and ability to check this upon picking up a copy. But simply getting my weekly copy requires effort, remembering to make my stop after Wednesday, and often I’m leaving a store already carrying purchased goods and grab it on the way out.

Therefore, I am making a plea to my local community of crossword lovers. Please for the love of everything holy and sacred, if you begin a crossword in the Mountain Xpress, take it with you, recycle it, tear the page off, make origami. But please never return it neatly folded to the rack. You are literally robbing someone else of the pleasure you clearly enjoy. A veritable booby trap of broken dreams.

— Casey Larkin
Asheville and Everywhere USA  

SHARE
About Letters
We want to hear from you! Send your letters and commentary to letters@mountainx.com

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

6 thoughts on “Letter: A plea to fellow crossword lovers

  1. boatrocker

    That can’t be real- people still pick up the Mtn X in print form?
    Unless you have a wood stove or wrap fish.

    • Able Allen

      Perhaps some of the twenty-something thousand people who pick it up every week and don’t put it back understand that Xpress only exists because they pick it up.

  2. Roberto

    That reminds me of when I would flip open the phonebook at a payphone and the page I needed would invariably be missing.

    • boatrocker

      Roberto- I blame that on all the 70’s mobster movies and private detective shows on TV.
      Question- where can you still find a working pay phone?

Leave a Reply to Enlightened Enigma ×

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.