@Jackie Officecouch Whenever I'm havin people over I don't know well or haven't had over before, such as for a clothing swap, I make sure to mention my cat in the invite for that very reason!
@highjump Can you explain your point a little differently? I'm interested in what you have to say but I'm confused. You mean that small family farmers were once CEO or CFOs of large corps so they can afford to farm? Or that farmers are slaves to large corps?
@cherrispryte I also budget weekly and monthly and when something fresh goes bad it's like NOOOOOOO THAT IS ROTTED MONEY I HAVE TO NOW SPEND AGAIN BECAUSE EATING IS NOT OPTIONAL. . I also started a system where I take out cash every Friday for the week, so it literally feels like the money has rotted. :(
In my humble opinion, this is a terribly gross oversimplification of the issue, or perhaps just very poorly titled. Corn, sugar, soy, etc subsidies aside, purchasing directly from the farmer is extremely beneficial to the farmer as well as the bigger food picture. Produce from the grocery store tends to pay about 25% of the purchase price to the farmer. The remaining money goes to the grocer and middlemen transporting the food. Produce purchased from a farmers market puts about 95% of the purchase price back in the farmer's pocket, in addition to developing a relationship with your food producer. Establishing a trusting relationship with your preferred food grower lessens the need for an expensive organic certification because you can visit the farm or just talk with them to understand that their growing methods meet your preferences. Ugh, sorry. Food politics boils my blood.
Those party supplies were purchased on my 19th birthday! Unfortunately it was inarguably the worst year of my life, but somehow knowing you were somewhere out there celebrating is a like a teeny bandaid upon my 19 year old soul.
There is a similar "street kid" population in Asheville, NC (or at least there was in 2004ish). And I was making $9.50 an hour with no benefits to run a black and white darkroom for a camera store. These kids would sit outside my place of work all day, harassing people for money - including me - when I left work. On one hand, these were kids, like young teenagers you felt sort of sorry for, but on the other hand they were mean and thought a lot of themselves and also often would have very nice looking dogs on leather leashes and it was hard to believe they didn't have a place to sleep at night. I was scraping by with my crappy pay and student loans and credit card debt and I have to say, it was really insulting when they wanted my hard earned money after I watched them chill on a bench all day. Also, one time one of them asked me how I liked being a conformist and I did not try to rip their face off like I wanted to, but instead reminded them that they were conforming to something just as hard as I was, theirs just had pink hair, facial piercings and a bad attitude. Wow. apparently I have a lot of thoughts about these street kid people still.
@lemonadefish Yes, especially someone who is as cashier at large department store like that. I mean, what do they make per hour??? And they are willingly working a job where they likely take all kinds of heat from customers. Urrrrgh. I hate thinking someone would get in trouble for something like that! But I suppose it doesn't surprise me.
@stuffisthings I did this once at Whole Foods with bag of freaking Organixx cat food and I have to say that I debated whether that was a lucky break or my own negligence. (it was the latter and I did go back in and pay for it.)
@Mrs. Beeton on gawker or the awl? Perhaps on both which would make sense but I'm asking because it's too to finish reading at work and I keep checking back on the awl because no one has commented and I want to hear thoughtsssss. Anyway, this was fascinating. I recently ate a Reese's peanut butter cup for the first time in years and they have definitely downgraded the quality of their ingredients. :(