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October 20th, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Life

Technically, we aren't in New England, so I guess we're Mid-Atlantic? Or are New Yorkers just New Yorkers?

S and I went over to the grocery co-op this afternoon. They were having a small food festival in the parking lot. Honey, kombucha, and hop-water (water infused with hops). Inside the co-op was an utter zoo - not nearly as bad as Berkeley Bowl the week before Thanksgiving (or pretty much any weekend), but pretty bad, especially because nobody knew how to manage their shopping cart.

For some reason, as we shopped, people decided they should be using the P.A. to make loud announcements about product specials.

At one point, someone came on to the PA system to say, "Would the person who has parked their BMW on Watervliet Avenue in front of the bus stop, please move your car before it is towed?"

From now on we should probably just try and do our grocery shopping on a weekday.


I also went by the bike shop and started working on specs for a new commuter bike: a Surly Long Haul Trucker with 26" wheels, fenders, racks, dyno hub and lights, the works. Sadly, Surly doesn't offer any frame paint schemes of "scruffy beat-up nondescript sadness." The mechanic who is head geek in terms of knowing about components quality wasn't in, so the shop's going to e-mail me next week to verify specs and then figure out the timeline for ordering stuff and building up the bike.

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