I used to have a serious problem with phone books. For a solid six years, probably more, I could never get a new phone book.
I like wiping my brushes on phone book pages, so I need phone books. (Though I don't need them nearly so much any more, I still do need them. They are also good for oil pastel, and very necessary for oil stick as well.) Jessica had to send me one a few years ago because I was in such dire need. They last a long time, but when you don't get any replacements, it is an unacceptable situation.
Since I have been here, I have received at least four phone books. Maybe five because I have a feeling I can't find the fifth. Four! In six months! Granted, they are very smaaaaall, thin phone books, but this still illustrates the differences between here and the last two places I have lived.
Also, most of the phone books I have gotten are...well, beautiful! When have you ever seen a beautiful phone book?? I never had before; never. They are amazing.
Give me the western states anytime; you can keep the rest.