Today is Can’t Afford it Friday on Awesome-ista. We’ll post a bunch of stuff that we can’t afford, but are awesome to drool at. Tomorrow we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled items that are less than 100 dollars a peice.
After more than 100 dead dogs were dumped in a trash dumpster over four weeks, police in Ahoskie, N.C., kept an eye on the trash receptacle behind a supermarket. Sure enough, a van drove up and officers watched the occupants throw in heavy plastic bags. They detained the two people in the van and found 18 dead dogs in plastic bags in the dumpster, including puppies; 13 more dead dogs were still in the van. Police say the van is registered to the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the two occupants, Andrew B. Cook, 24, and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, identified themselves as PETA employees. An autopsy performed on one of the dogs found it was healthy before it was killed.
I work for a company that makes software, which is used in various counties here in the grand state of Kentucky. I’m on what’s called the, “Implementation Team,” which means that I go set up new offices or upgrades. My primary task when I go out to these various (often remote) counties, is to give people instruction on how to use their new equipment and programs.
This job requires that I spend a lot of time in places where the nearest legitmate city is more than 60 miles away, and there are more cows or horses than people. Places where Moutian Dew is an acceptable beverage to drink with every meal, and regional dialects become very strong. Places where Louisville is considered to be an enormous place filled with far too much hustle and bustle. Places where high school sports are a really big deal.
I’m a city girl, through and through. I come from a city that had national football, baseball, basketball and hockey teams, plus additional minor league teams. There is an ivy league college within walking distance from where I grew up. It was pretty unusual for national acts not to play our stadiums. Everywhere I lived in that city, I was within walking distance of at least one supermarket, or grocery store.
If given the choice between a house in a suburb somewhere in Ohio and a flat in Queens, I’m taking that flat. I like the anonymity offered in a larger city. People you see at the supermarket or at restaurants are likely people you’ll never encounter again in your life when you live in a place where the population is somewhere past 1.7 million human beings. People don’t get personal, they don’t say hello to perceived strangers, and they really don’t give a fuck about what you’ve been up to all day. People are not overly polite unless they have some kind of social disorder, and you can feel free to be direct with people, as that is what they expect from you. I like that type of environment, enjoy it, and long for the days in my life when that was everyday, acceptable behavior.
When you live in a town where there are 2000 people, and that’s the “Big City,” of your county, interactions differ greatly. People in these towns are excruciatingly polite. Not just to people they have interacted with their entire life (and will likely continue to interact with for their entire life), but to complete strangers.
Bumping into someone is a huge ordeal where there is an exchange of apologies, and there’s nearly an argument over who’s fault it is so someone can take the blame.
In towns where there are grocery stores, or walmarts, they are normally about 10 miles away from where people actually have their homes. You’ll find a chinese restaurant and a Mexican restaurant and in towns with marginally larger populations, or colleges nearby you’ll find stuff like Applebees, but there are few restaurants that serve anything other than home-cooking in town. And when you do find those kinds of restaurants, they often cater toward an older crowd.
I had to kind of alter the way I interact with people from these itty bitty towns. I had to mind my pleases and thank yous. When I bumped into someone, I had to train myself to apologize… every. single. time. And I had to learn a round-about way of telling people things that I normally come out and say. Apparently it’s bad form to straight-talk with people in tiny towns. They get a little offended.
Anyway, the point that I’m making is, small town people interact differently than people from grossly populated cities. But it’s a survival thing. They are so polite because they’re going to interact with those 2000 people for the rest of their life. I’ve probably had 2000 people I’ve referred to as friend at some point in my life and I might still speak to about 12 of them.
These titans of the restaurant industry are among the last national chains that don’t offer nutritional information on their dishes. Even after years of badgering their representatives, we still hear the same old excuses: it’s too pricey, it’s too time-consuming, it’s impossible to do accurately because their food is so fresh, or we have too much variety. Our response is simple: If nearly every other chain restaurant in the country can do it, then why can’t they?”
Interesting article. Looking at Outback alone, the fact that they offer a Gluten Free menu and this extremely vague “nutritional information” page makes it quite obvious that their reasons for failing to provide this info are bogus.
I’m laughing at the fact that Outback has a gluten-free menu. They know that steak is… naturally gluten-free, right? And I know some IHOP devotees, so I won’t speak to that, but I will say that I think Applebee’s is the nastiest waste of money ever. See my rant on crappy chains if you want to know why I hate most of them.
The two trade associations that represent health insurance companies declared in no uncertain terms their opposition to creating a new, government-run health benefits program, in a letter delivered to the top Democratic and Republican senators on the Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committees Tuesday.
My take is, if the insurance companies are pissed off about it, it must be good.
A couple of days ago I wrote about CSA’s and eating local, sustainable produce for a reasonable seasonal subscription price.
I didn’t know that the USDA and other government food people are all about supporting CSA’s. I thought it was purely grassroots.
Evidently, there are some people in Washington that realize sustaining communities as individuals rather than trying to provide food to tons of people from remote locations is far more financially responsible. It’s also much more fun and exciting to get suprise veggies!
Anyway, if you want to learn more about CSA’s, click the link to the usda.gov page about them.
I have pretty much stopped buying shit at big stores.
Either buy things at local shops, or I buy online.
I don’t have a functional car anymore, and I am far too busy to spend an entire day on the shitty public transit here in louisville going to a mall or some fuckery like that.
Plus, I really don’t even enjoy going to the mall anymore. It’s so forced, and I feel really gross. Most of the people in the mall kind of hate my presence anyway… and there’s only one shop in the malls here that I even like, which would be forever 21… but most of their stuff is too small for my currently not size 8 ass.