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09:29 pm: Better Deliveries Today!
The UPS guy brought me my giant box with 50 pounds of sunflower chips before I got up and I slid that right into the house from the stoop! Then I headed out to the dumpster with trash, to the bank to deposit a check, and then on to Kaiser for the Liver Panel. I still hadn't heard about the private disability papers, so after being stuck, I went to Health Information (I still want to say Medical Records) and asked if my primary had asked for them back after I saw him 2.5 weeks ago. No, they were still in the wait bin, and they said they'd send them back over.

When I hauled out the trash, a squirrel was sitting on the retaining wall and it kept chittering at me that I was in its place. I told it I lived here and fed it, so clearly it was my place. We argued a bit and then I put stuff in the van and went off.

I usually flip through the advertising coupons in the envelopes -- I've gotten some good deals out of them -- and in the last one, there was a coupon for a pho restaurant! I would have said we didn't have one near anymore, but it's in the shopping center diagonally across from the shopping center Kaiser is in. I didn't take the coupon because it was good for anything but pho and I wanted pho. The place is a little over-the-top in decoration, but the pho was great.

When I got home, the mail had meds, a polyclay face I'd ordered, and a box from Amazon that contained Ha'Penny, Half Crown*, and Roses in the Snow, which is Emmylou Harris' first bluegrass CD. I had the cassette and no longer have a cassette player, so I had this on my wish list. This is actually a reissue, because there weren't CDs when it first came out.

Then I scooted the birdseed out to the porch and put it in the metal container, coming back in and unmaking the box to go to cardboard recycling and putting the bag in the workroom because it can take paper recycling out.

*You know how sometimes you think Le Guin comments on everything without reading? She definitely read Farthing. This is the first blurb on the back of Half Crown:

If le Carre scares you, try Jo Walton. Of course, her brilliant story of a democracy selling itself out to fascism sixty years ago is just a mystery, just a thriller, just a fantasy--of course, we know nothing like that could happen now. Don't we?

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From:dragonet2
Date:October 2nd, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)

I love Pho too

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and we have no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants here, we're a settlement area (our old Italian neighborhood around Washington Park is now a Vietnamese enclave).

Our favorite is Hien Vuong in the River Market area. And it's a place that we can occasionally afrford to eat out at despite our general poverty since I've been unemployed.

But I like Pho in the winter, it's still too warm here!

best wishes!

Edited at 2008-10-02 01:44 am (UTC)
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 2nd, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)

Re: I love Pho too

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I'm budgeted to eat out once a week, under $20, and the pho was well under that. It's chilly and rainy today and supposed to be down in the 60s tomorrow.

We used to have a pho restaurant very close, but they closed and a mediocre Salvadoran restaurant went in. When the city and county governments talk about an Hispanic invasion, they're exaggerating, but we do definitely have a lot more Hispanics and Hispanic businesses now.
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From:dragonet2
Date:October 2nd, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)

Re: I love Pho too

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As far as I know, KC has always had a Hispanic business segment. And we seem to be a magnet for many others, Laotian, Somali, Vietnamese, etc. and older -- black, Italian, and Irish. We are a 'border town' and blacks have not always had it easy, KC had a version of the nasty "Jim Crow" laws because we are close to being a southern city.

On a positive note, it means I can find every kind of ingredient I can wish for for cooking, it just takes a bit of looking. A new supermarket on the outskirts of the River Market has added to the amusement == it's all specialty items galore plus a seafood/fish market with live fish (in clean, nice tanks)/crabs/lobsters/shellfish. You get to pick your critter and your price per pound depends on what you want THEM to do to it (from gutting/scaling to steaming).

And it isn't grubby. The grocery it replace was always filthy so I did not want to buy things like fresh fish there.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 2nd, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)

Re: I love Pho too

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We used to have more Vietnamese -- even a sub-embassy -- here, but they've mostly moved closer in to DC as the Hispanics came in. We have a fair number of groceries, but I don't normally need unusual ingredients because I can't cook anymore. We do have a new "African Market" that I want to look at.
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From:kip_w
Date:October 2nd, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
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50 pounds! I used to buy five or ten pounds of sunflower seeds (What are the chips? My first impression is that they're slices of the flower cobs with seeds in them, but I could be completely wrong.) when they didn't sell the kind I liked where we lived. Now I just try to adapt, except the stores keep increasing the amount of David & Sons seeds, and I detest those. I manage to find Planters seeds here and there, usually in gas station convenience marts, and the bulk seeds Wegman's sells are about as good as Planters.

I wanted to nip out on Monday (or was it Tuesday?) and buy Half a Crown, but budgetary prudence won out. Cathy's checking to see if Zooba has it.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 2nd, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Chips are just non-complete seeds. Even when you buy sunflower seeds for birds, there will be some chips.

I'd been buying 25 pounds at a time for $35 at a local Wild Bird Store and then the size went to 20 pounds and the price up to $44. So I looked for something better online and found BestNest where I can get 50 pounds of chips for $94.99 and free shipping. Definitely a better deal, although I went to bed with pain meds last night. And it only lasts a month with all my birds and squirrels!

Almost everybody is doing it, but the book is just Half Crown. I have to start the next bookgroup book on the 11th, and I want to read Ha'Penny and Half Crown right after each other, so I won't start until the 19th.

BTW, do you think Sarah would want another sweater for Christmas, or would she rather have something else?
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From:kip_w
Date:October 2nd, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Jo always calls it Half a Crown. I just checked her LJ to be sure.

I have to consult about Sarah. Cathy's still at work.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 2nd, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Huh. I hadn't noticed that. I wonder if that's local language and they wanted the book to just have the name of the coin, like the others.

Thanks!
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