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Adventures in shopping II

Commerce is a human-created ecology, mutating over time to fit niches. Even absurd niches.

Possibly because I don’t like mayonnaise, I see no reason for tiny 1.8 ounce glass jars of mayonnaise, though the Dijon mustard tempted me.

Commercial evolution and miniature mayonnaise and mustard jars are now a reality. Heaven help us all.
Commercial evolution and miniature mayonnaise and mustard jars are now a reality. Heaven help us all.

Janis Ian has a wonderful song, Play Like a Girl, that states emphatically yes, girls should play like girls, and that is just fine.

This shirt, promoting (if commercially) breast cancer awareness month, also points out that girls must fight like girls, too. It is a gender-specific battle, but a battle for humanity.

Sweater shirt promoting breast cancer awareness.
Sweater shirt promoting breast cancer awareness.

On the other hand, purple crab cheese balls are probably banned by several international treaties on cruel and unusual weaponry:

Purple crab cheese balls, a presumably acquired taste that has no sane reason for acquisition.
Purple crab cheese balls, a presumably acquired taste that has no sane reason for acquisition. Nearly a pound and a half of them, in fact.

Back on the clothing front, who can resist this culturally deaf offering from Nordstrom?

Fleece Navidad sweater from Nordstrom. It does not appear to be wool.
Fleece Navidad sweater from Nordstrom. It does not appear to be wool.

Or this limited edition, mass-produced, hermetically sealed, gluten-free, artisan-produced, non-genetically modified organism potato chips made with sunflower oil using a time-honored frying process dating back to 1999:

La Abuela Nieves artisan-produced buzzword heavy potato chips.
La Abuela Nieves artisan-produced buzzword heavy potato chips.

To be honest, the chips (or “crisps,” as Brits might call them) were very good.

Back on the Nordie clothing front, if you can’t get into an Ivy League school, you can have your revenge by wearing a school-style sweatshirt honoring a bitter member of the cabbage family.

Kale, the Ivy League bitter cabbage substitute for lettuce.
Kale, the Ivy League bitter cabbage substitute for lettuce.

Finally, a Christmas tree with a star on the top and a snowman with top hat:

Coke Christmas tree and snowman.
Coke Christmas tree and snowman.

Straws, bison and sustainability

Ted’s Montana Grill is a restaurant chain co-founded by Ted Turner, best known for his pioneer efforts in cable television, chiefly Cable News Network (CNN). Since retiring from mass media, he has devoted himself to philanthropy, particularly environmental issues. One project involved buying up land around the migration paths of migratory herds such as the buffalo (American bison), and in the process Turner now owns the largest buffalo herd in the world.

What do you do with a large buffalo herd? You could try to buffalo people, or you could try to wean people away from beef (mostly derived from European and Asian stock) and towards the very American buffalo, which is a richer, leaner meat, and not as hard on the environment. These buffalo, in turn, could be used by restaurants, such as Ted’s Montana Grill.

Ted’s Montana Grill has an interest in sustainability that goes beyond buffalo: it extends to straws. One upon a time, in the previous century, straws were made of paper. Then someone had the bright idea that straws should be made of plastic, and that seemed to be the last straw for the paper straw market.

There are problems with plastic straws. Unlike their paper counterparts, you can’t easily and safely burn them. If you throw plastic straws out with the trash, the straws don’t break down, and last practically forever. Plastic straws are also a grave danger to wildlife, ranging from people (the plastic often has chemicals that cause cancer) to birds (which often try to eat the straws with bad consequences) to marine life (see problems with eating straws) to pretty much every living creature. Most zoos and aquariums ban plastic straws because of the danger they present to animals. Oddly, restaurants and movie theaters and other establishments do not ban plastic straws due to the dangers they present to humans.

But, you say, if paper straws no longer exist, and you don’t want to burn (or freeze) your lips when you sip, what can you do? For several years, Ted’s imported paper straws from Canada. Eventually, the market for paper straws revived, and Aardvark Straws came into being, manufacturing paper straws in the United States. Why it is named for an African anteater is not entirely clear, but that’s another story…

Paper straws at Ted's Montana Grill
You will find only paper straws at Ted’s Montana Grill.

If you don’t happen to have a Ted’s nearby, Aardvark Straws are available through Amazon. Unlike hard drives, Amazon can probably deliver paper straws competently.

Trivia: Buffalo is a city. Buffalo is an animal. Buffalo is also a word. So a buffalo in Buffalo can bully a buffalo, or put simply: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. If this seems silly, keep in mind that the scientific name of the American buffalo is: bison bison.

Digital scrapbook V

What priests (presumably Anglican) want you to know:

http://dirtysexyministry.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/what-priests-want-you-to-know.html

Silhouette Man wonders WTF is wrong with America (note: language is in keeping with what one might expect of posts including the abbreviation “WTF”):

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/26/1103368/-The-One-Comic-That-Explains-Just-How-Screwed-America-Is

I’m farming and I grow it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48H7zOQrX3U

The Star Wars that I used to know:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJlbPXZEpRE

Ballet dance porn? Daughter-chan and I are still discussing how to describe this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcEq4Qz95i8

Alphabet game:

This would have come in so handy when I was four.

 

San Diego to Columbia, Part 10 – Washington

We went to Touchet to have lunch with Great Great Aunt Joyce and great Great Uncle Virgil.

Then we went to Great Great Uncle Virgil’s home and saw leaf cutter bees which pollinate alfalfa.

In the evening we went to Pioneer Park to chase ducks and play.

❂ Lykara