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The Misspent Life

You may be a crank, but you are also "crunk", to use the kid's dialect.

I agree with you re: JF's economic posts. I wonder how much of it is posturing, how much is elitism, how much is NYC talking? One doesn't want to be too tough on him though, he seems a good sort, and I hear where he is coming from even though my mind tells me it is wrong. He is a victim of a sentimental conservatism, a Tory breed.


You started out so well! Listing your three lessons, I'd thought, will surely get you out of the "Young & Earnest" room. You know. You go to social engagements and the savvy host, while offerring you a drink or dip, sizes you up and then steers you off to the "Pompous" room, the "Blowhard" room (No, not the "2 Blowhards" room. Unfortunately, that room has a secret password and only a select few seem to be allowed), the "Young & Earnest" room, or the "Zealot" room. Try to stay away from Mr. Fitzgerald; he's the guy in the hallway between "Pompous" and "Blowhard". Seems whenever you bump into him, you end up slipping into the "young & Earnest" room to pass him by.
Me? I'm the valet outside parking the cars.


Hmm. Have you done much food shopping? Let's take two pieces of rump roast: one from a WalMart grocery store and the other from Whole Foods. Spend some time looking at both pieces, and you'll probably conclude that one is more pink, less fatty, and generally looks more appealing. It's the more expensive one, from Whole Foods (or wherever), and it's more expensive because it was trucked for a shorter distance, was slaughtered more recently, was raised on higher quality food during its lifetime, and had some moving around room to keep its muscles in good working order. All of which costs more for the farmer, which translates to higher consumer prices.

I'm no elitist, and probably live on much less money than most people do, but I tend to avoid discount stores, and try to buy high quality food and goods whenever possible. My costs are lower because I just don't buy that much stuff in general.

I've got plenty of evidence that people who buy poorer quality food are often in poorer health as a result, which leads to a poorer quality of life overall. Unfortunately, many people don't know that it doesn't necessarily take more money to raise standards, it takes more education. Because I know how to cook from scratch, I buy basic quality ingredients and avoid packaged, convienience goods.

It doesn't matter how little money you have, if you have some basic skills — know how to grow a kitchen garden (even if you just have an apartment balcony), can start with floor, rice, vegetables, homemade broth, — then you can have a much higher quality of life. You'll be healthier too. 2 for $1 Mac n' Cheese doesn't make for a higher quality of life, no matter how much money you've got.



I agree with you in general with regard to your remarks concerning food consumption, but I'm not sure it is education that is at fault. How much education can you throw at people before you must conclude that they are essentially just stupid and lazy. Everywhere, and I mean everywhere, you look there are posters and articles, and news items explaining what should be eat and what avoided.
But still, still, I find myself surrounded by fat, appathetic, McDonalds muncing morons. There is nothing to be done. To Hell with them: enjoy your heart attack, fatso!

Eddie Thomas

Hey, I resemble that remark!

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