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06:09 pm: Spirit's Rationale
I don't know what it is because she used the towels the last two days and just now used the litterbox. I had just scooped it, but it's always scooped for most of the day.

We're having a chilly wet day, which is pretty normal for this time of year, although we have flood warnings. Tomorrow there should be sun, which I'll enjoy when I go out.

I've used reusable bags at the grocery for decades, even back when I had to crochet my own. For the last five or 10 years, my grocery has given me five cents off the bill for each reusable bag I bring. Recently, DC has set up a law that requires people who buy all kinds of food (grocery, restaurant, liquor store, etc.) and don't have reusable bags to be charged five cents each for non-reusable bags.

This would make sense to me even if it wasn't primarily a way to get money to clean up the Anacostia River, which has big rafts primarily made from non-reusable bags. (The companies that sell the non-reusable bags to people get a small amount of the tax.) But people in DC have become quite irrational about the bag tax. Some are driving into Maryland or Virginia and paying food tax (none in DC) plus gas so they're actually spending a lot more money. Some are trying to carry batches of food out of the grocery. Some are carrying leftover food from restaurants in their hands. Some were taking used bags out of the box outside the grocery so the manager put the box inside (the non-reusable bags can be recycled). Virginia and Maryland are both considering doing the bag tax in order to help with the Potomac. I wonder how irrational we'll be.

I'm washing sheets, as usual.

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Date:January 25th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Re: using a litter box. I know Tigger is often more interested when I have just scooped the box for him, even if it's otherwise been scooped earlier and was perfectly fine. I think he just likes the personal attention.
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Date:January 25th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see the bag tax in DC. People in my neighborhood appear to be switching to reusable bags in impressive numbers.

As it happens I was along the Anacostia River yesterday. The plastic trash in the river is disheartening. But it's the plastic drink bottles that are most visible. The region really needs a bottle deposit law (like Michigan's 10 cents per) to make a dent on that problem.
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Date:January 25th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't mind a bottle tax, even if I used that kind of bottle. If that's what it takes to get people to recycle things, I'm for it.
Date:January 27th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
My father ran into the "pay for a bag" problem in Austria about 35 years ago and said something rather rude to the clerk. He's been gone for 15 years and we're still amused by his reaction :-)
And I have a large collection of reusable bags in the back of my car (and there are still times when I forget them). Whole Foods gives you the choice of credit or donating your 5 cents. I like that.
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Date:January 27th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
I remember when there was first plastic recycling and my father was insane about it. He thought he was entitled to throw stuff away. I have a reusable bag in the car, but I keep one (with two others inside it) in the kitchen and put the newspaper bags in it to recycle when I go to the grocery.
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