I love Iowa Public Television. (Well, except for those annoying "Festivals," when it preempts its generally outstanding programming and replaces it with not-so-outstanding programming interrupted by long periods of public begging.)
But I digress ...
I love Iowa Public Television and am proud to say Linda and I support it financially as "Friends." Besides that feel-good vibe we get for supporting something that genuinely merits such help, we get a nifty perk each year: a card that gives us some great "buy one get one" meal deals around the state (and neighboring states). The card deals go beyond meals, too. There are boatloads of perks that come with being a Friend of Iowa Public Television.
This spring, with our new IPTV card (thank you, Iowa Public Television), we now have the option of going digital. "No need to carry a card with you!" the promotional insert says. It goes on:
"How it works:
1. Search for "Member Card" in the App Store or Google Play on your smartphone or tablet to download the app.
2. Create an account and enter the activation code found on your card or select "Sign up Later." An account is required to take advantage of this mobile redemption.
3. Search available offers by merchant name, distance or filter for specific benefit types such as dining.
4. To redeem an offer, select the location and click "REDEEM." You will be prompted to confirm you are in the establishment and have notified a staff member.
5. All offers may be used one-time and will be marked as "USED" once redeemed."
Or, you may do as those of us who regularly drive in the slow lane do: just carry the card.
Speaking of vanity ... is there any currently marketed apparatus better suited to the "me, me, me" person on your gift list than a selfie stick? That's what I thought.
Larry Lehmer is a retired newspaper reporter and editor who thinks that change is only good when it makes things better. His current endeavor is to finish a book he's been working on about the Philadelphia years of American Bandstand. If you have anything to share, shoot Larry an e-mail here. If you want to comment about this post, do so in the comments section. If you're curious about Larry's other blogs (there are four in all), check out the links in the header of this blog.