Huh. I hated my cable and internet provider so much that I canceled my cable, got AppleTV and subscribed to Hulu Plus and Netflix, and switched to a different internet service provider. Now they call me several times a week to ask me to come back. If they don't mind that I hate them, they've got a weird way of showing it!
I'm not sure that I agree with the premise: I think that art and education are actually pretty vital. But I guess that I personally do differentiate in my head between selfish giving and altruistic giving. I gave $100 this year, which is a lot for me, to a non-profit art-house movie theater that just opened up in my town. I think that the movie theater is good for my community in lots of ways, but it's also partly that I want to be able to see non-commercial movies in a theater. I give to NPR for basically selfish reasons. I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, although I guess Peter Singer would say that it should come out of my entertainment budget, rather than my charity budget. (Actually, Peter Singer would probably say that I shouldn't have an entertainment budget while other people are starving, but I can't bring myself to live my life in a Peter-Singer-approved fashion.)
I'm wondering if rich people shoplift more because they have a sense of impunity. They can't imagine that they would really get in trouble, because people like them don't get in trouble. I wouldn't ever shoplift because I am 100% sure that I would be caught and have my mugshot be googleable forever on all of those terrible mugshot sites. I mean, I also wouldn't shoplift because it's wrong, but the mugshot sites would deter me even if ethics didn't.
I assumed that nobody is still reading, but just in case someone stumbles on this, I just got back from doing a big grocery shopping at Aldi. I'm making a huge batch of holiday cookies this weekend, so I got lots of baking supplies. Here's what I got. Prices are American dollars.: 10 multigrain frozen waffles: $1.29 4 lbs sugar: $1.49 5 lbs all-purpose flour: $1.39 1 lb frozen strawberries: $2.29 1 lb frozen peaches: $2.29 8 oz. cream cheese: $.89 32 oz. Greek yogurt: $3.89 12 oz. fresh cranberries: $.99 Strawberry jam: $1.99 3 heads of garlic: $.99 12 large eggs: $1.29 3 pounds unsalted butter: $5.07 ($1.69 per pound) Milk chocolate hazelnut candy bar: $1.99 Total: $25.85
@CL This is covered in the article. Theo Albrecht's brother, Karl Albrecht, owns the American Aldi stores.
I shop at Aldi all the time. There is some stigma attached to it where I live, but I seriously couldn't care less. I get all my staples there, like milk, eggs, flour, etc. The fancy cheese is great and super cheap, which is good for me, because I make a lot of homemade pizza. If you like chocolate, Aldi's has great fancy chocolate. I get frozen fruit for smoothies there. They don't have an extensive selection of produce, and there's nothing very offbeat, but it's fine for carrots, celery and onions. Having said that, it's not a store for hip, upscale people. It's aimed at people who don't have much money. I understand why upscale urban folks go there and are disappointed. I do about a third of my shopping there and think I save a lot of money, but I'm not sure it's going to appeal to everyone.
@stuffisthings I have to cart my own recycling to the recycling place, and they're heavy and bulky. I hate cans. I'm too old to be a millennial, though.
I have a co-worker who brushes his teeth in the sink in the breakroom. Yuck. I have a toothbrush in my desk drawer, and I occasionally brush my teeth at work. (I do it in the sink in the bathroom, not in the breakroom, because yuck.) I'm paranoid about coffee breath. I'm not at all the only one of my colleagues who does it, so I figure I'm ok.
I don't know about your large public university, but at my large public university, here are some options that would exist: 1. There's a satellite parking lot, which you have to take a bus to get to. It's a pain in the ass, but lots of people use it. 2. The university runs a carpool matching service. 3. It is possible, although not always a lot of fun, to get to work on public transit. 4. I can ride my bike, although I realize that's not a possibility for everyone. 5. There are some hidden parking possibilities, which you basically need to hear about via word of mouth. I park on a residential street nearish to campus and then walk about a half a mile. (For some reason, there are always spots on that particular street. I've found that it's quicker to go straight there and walk than to drive around looking for a spot on residential streets that are closer to campus.) There's a local restaurant that rents out spaces in their lot for a fairly low monthly rate. You have to leave before they open at 6:00. 6. The city has a lot that charges a slightly lower daily rate than the university lots. If I really need to park in a lot, I use that one.
There are a lot of places that could have been on the list but weren't. I think it's meant more to be examples of an idea than an exhaustive list of places. I live in a place that could have been on the list but isn't. Some days I don't understand why all my New-York-based friends and family don't up and move here, and some days I desperately want to live in a city with good Chinese food and public transit that runs on Sundays. It's all about tradeoffs, I guess.