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The following article was posted on September 24th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 29 [ Submit a Story ]
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Same planet, different worlds

Hey, I’m keeping it brief this week, mostly because I got an e-mail that stated “Good Afternoon, I have a number of potential customers looking for a Document Shredding company in your area. I thought you would make a good fit.”

Frankly, I was flattered that they thought of me, so I’m researching the best paper shredders for the lowest cost. If I’m going to enter the high-stakes world of document destruction, I need the equipment, I suppose. I’m not so worried about experience, because, well, it’s shredding papers.

I cast a wide net in my search, from Ventura County up to Monterey, and while I was browsing ads and such up north, I happened across this headline in the San Luis Obispo Tribune: “Cambria murder suspect’s calls to mother recounted in court.”

That really hit me, because Santa Maria publications could never run a headline like that. Imagine it: “Santa Maria murder suspect … .” It’s not because there’s something inherently wrong with the headline; it’s because we’d all have to ask “Which one?”

I mean, in one trial alone we have almost a dozen defendants. Sure, that’s an unusual case, but still. It’s not like we haven’t seen our share of unusual cases in Northern Santa Barbara County, right?


The Canary may not be the best document shredder, but she’s great at punching holes in things. Send comments to

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