Getting Cold

November 25, 2006

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A vendor at a craft table at the farmer’s market.

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Crafts at the Market

November 19, 2006

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There are always handcrafts for sale at the weekend Old Town farmer’s market. Yesterday there were so many beautiful wreaths and other items that I had a lot of photo ops, so I have set aside a whole page for them here.


Fall Market

November 18, 2006

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Tank tops at the Old Town farmer’s market are but a distant dream. Everyone had jackets on today, but there they were. The number of sellers has dwindled as the chilly weather has come in. I’ve never gone to the market in the coldest months, January through March. Now that I’m doing the daily photo thing, it will be my duty to come, take a look and record what I see. At least once.


Hungry

November 14, 2006

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Waiting for the dining room to open at Christ House. Every day around five o’clock a crowd will gather for a meal. When it’s cold, it’s a place to get warm.


Christ House

November 13, 2006

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Founded in 1973, the Christ House on West Street feeds the hungry and shelters them against the cold. They serve over 16,000 meals a year, which works out to about 45 people a day.

One of the signs on the door advises that no one who is under the influence of alcohol will be admitted.


Is It Me?

November 2, 2006

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I sped to the grocery store after work yesterday so I could get there before the evening shopping rush hour. First thing that greeted me was a sign taped to one of the entrance doors: “THIS DOOR IS LOCKED AT DARK.” Mourning the decline of the poor English language that I love so well, I entered.

Happily there were very few people in the store. One of those few customers felt it mandatory to park her cart in the middle of the aisle while she leisurely tried to remember what it was she was looking for, making it impossible for me to get my cart past her. By law, there’s always at least one of these types in every grocery store. Yes, I could have asked her to move aside. But what if I accidentally rolled my eyes or something as I was going by and she took out a knife and reduced me to a bleeding pile of human filet? Best not to tempt fate. Just like I don’t want to ask any of the clueless jerks on the subway to move their giant shopping bags off the seat so I can sit down. I’m sure their shopping bags are very tired. But not as tired as I am. Anyway, I made a U-turn and used another aisle as a detour.

In American supermarkets there are often plastic wands that can be placed on the checkout conveyor belt to separate your items from the customer’s just ahead of you. There were only two wands at this checkout stand, and the cashier was placing them down right next to herself, where no one else could reach them. You had to wait until it was your turn to be checked out so that you could place the wand behind your stuff because the person waiting after you couldn’t reach the thing. Oh, yes, you could suggest that perhaps there might be a better way to do that. But you just don’t want to ruin your evening with the possibility of a nasty encounter with the cashier when you’re almost out of there scot free.

After I unloaded my groceries in the back of my car, I was wheeling the cart back to the front of the store. A taxi zipped in front of me and parked in front of the store to drop off a passenger, precisely in front of the ramp where you push the shopping cart into the storage area near the front door. The passenger left, but the taxi sat there, blocking the ramp. I debated whether it would be better to ask him to move or just heave the shopping cart over the curb. After about seven seconds, he saw me standing there staring at him with the huge shopping cart and it occurred to him to move the car.

So often the simplest encounters with the inconsiderate escalate and turn on the aggrieved. Most of the time, I don’t think it’s worth the risk to speak up. You seriously never know who’s a loon and who’s carrying a weapon.


Old Fashioned Headstone

October 28, 2006

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We return, after the doggie Halloween party fiasco of yesterday, to our regular Halloween themed programming.

Headstones like these are easy to find in local cemeteries. This particular style was common for 18th century graves. But rarely will you find a complete, readable inscription on them. Time and weather have conspired to keep the identity of this grave occupant a secret.

Tonight is the John Carlyle funeral reenactment. Passante and I will be donning our mourning clothes and be among the crocodile tear weeping, black-clad retinue accompanying the horse drawn carriage to the graveyard. Read all about it tomorrow!