@szajic I got most of my staple things there in college--365-brand hummus, yogurt, juice, and bulk oats/dried fruit. Meanwhile, the Shaw's near campus charged almost twice as much for a lot of things, but more of my classmates shopped there because they assumed it was cheaper. Supermarket economics are weird!
@hellonheels I am obsessed with Market Basket. Despite the five million shopping carts and their insistence on giving you a plastic bag for every item (maybe it's some weird Somerville mob arrangement). An Indian grocery store opened right next door a few years ago--I'm not sure if it's still there, but they had a big selection of interesting stuff.
@szajic I wouldn't judge where to go in Philly based on the crime rates for area codes. Things change a lot block-by-block in a lot of areas. There are parts of Philly where I'm comfortable walking alone at night but would hesitate to walk down a street two blocks from there during the day. "On the other hand, people think Kensington is worse than other neighborhoods in Philly, but it’s not." What do you mean by worse? And which neighborhoods? I never call neighborhoods "bad," but I absolutely would not recommend people going to Kensington on their own if they aren't already familiar with it. Driving to the Cousins in North Philly/Kensington during the day? Okay, if you know where you're going. Parts of Fishtown are a little iffy, but the presence of hipsters makes it a bit different for exploring. I don't mean this to sound patronizing/combatitive. I love ethnic grocery stores, too--well, all grocery stores, practically. But as much as I'm for destigmatizing poorer neighborhoods (and have spent a good amount of time in parts of Kensington and like them a lot), some of those neighborhoods are actually dangerous, especially if you don't know the lay of the land.
@stuffisthings It's possible. My housemate senior year of college ordered me a CD that kept being delivered, with no notification, to my on-campus address from sophomore year. Amazon willingly sent about three copies before I finally got a notification from our school's mail services that there was a package waiting for me (at the same time as one finally reached our house, of course). I guess it was cheaper for them to keep sending it than to track down where they were ending up.
@melis Yes, they go to Starbucks! To dig through in the trash for a nice Starbucks cup to beg with. But then they Sharpie out the label on the cup, lest anyone think they'd been wasting their precious pennies on coffee.
@olivia Yeah, as the daughter of a social worker who now works mostly with undocumented immigrants (aka also non-legal-residents), and also just a normal American, this story is nothing. The doctors were willing to see you? And you didn't have to pay them thousands of dollars for possibly preventing your death? Please send this expose to my mother's client who was knocked out, mugged, and shot in the stomach and leg, and then discharged from the hospital almost immediately after emergency surgery--to walk himself home in a walker. (Not to mention that because the guy's latino, doesn't speak English, and is undocumented, most of the doctors and staff assumed that he was an unlucky robber and treated him as such. Yay America!)
@werewolfbarmitzvah But how will your male wedding guests remember you without custom-made ties???
@forget it i quit A freshman on my athletics team when I was a senior got mediocre grades in her first semester of engineering school. She wanted to switch from the engineering school to the liberal arts school, which had math/science-related majors, because she was miserable and struggling in it. Her parents made her quit our team (which she loved) instead.
@j-i-a I once heard (not canvassing, but in a social situation), "I don't really care about the environment--I'll be dead before anything really bad happens." This from a medical student.
@Sue Anne Reed@facebook That happened to the old head of my study abroad program last year. And his email address book has people from all over the world, many of whom are probably kind of old, so they probably got a good haul. And one kid in last year's ESL-teaching program in France wrote on Facebook that it happened to him and some of his older relatives sent thousands of dollars. Semi-relatedly, if someone comes up to you in a random part of a big city and asks for 65 cents to take a bus to another state, they're probably also lying.