Starvation & Exercise

Safeway Supermarket in the Willow Glen Plaza has left the neighborhood:


To help make up for the loss of convenient grocery shopping, we’ll be planting a larger garden this year. (Did someone mention a chicken coop and fresh eggs?)



Right next to Safeway’s vacated premises is a 24 Hour Fitness that seems to have grown by leaps and bounds.  It was crowded this Saturday evening.

We walked in for a tour and ended up trying out several machines, one of which made us (or at least me) want to keep at it.  I think they called it an elliptical something or other.

The prices for using the gym were all right; around $30 first and last month in advance and a $30 (probably negotiable) initiation fee.  They were unwilling to put this in writing, however.  Don’t know why, all the numbers are on their website.

Anyway, we’re not going to pursue it because there is no hot tub, steam room, or swimming pool.  Bring your own towels and locker locks.

The big advantage, of course, is that it is within walking distance.  But after walking there and back, who needs more exercise?

A Price 2 Beets


At the Campbell farmers market, a young boy (9 yrs old?) had taken over the venders booth temporarily for his mother. I asked him about the beets and he said $2 a bunch. I asked if he would take $3 for two bunches and he said no, it’s $3 a bunch. Well, I said, what do you want for two bunches? He said $6!

Marketing, maybe not, but this kid knows his math.

I waited until his mother returned, and then got what I wanted.

Fresh Milk!

It was one of those too-hot summer days not long ago when I put the cereal into the refrigerator and the organic milk into the cupboard.  The next day we were surprised to find that the milk hadn’t spoiled.  

Ultra-pasteurized, huh?  I looked it up and was shocked to find what a stretch it is to even call it milk! It is processed to the point where it does not need to be refrigerated. This enables it to travel great distances. (Cheap “milk” from China, anyone?)
Next, some more research and another surprise: Goat milk is more digestible than cow milk because the fat molecules are one-fifth the size!
Fortunately, we in this valley DO have access to a direct source of raw goat milk from one of the last remaining small farms.  I’ve been going there for a couple months, and am impressed.

Goats on a farm

Would any of you like to join me in a regular milk run?  We could alternate trips and delivery. Kefir and homemade goat cheese are also available.

Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans …

… delivered direct from the coffee roaster, makes not just a good cup of coffee, but a really outstanding cup of coffee.

Would you like to know when it’s ready? I’ll send you an email as they’re being roasted, and you can reply either yes or no. Then 30 minutes later there will be a one pound bag at your door, still warm! You’ll have to let them cool off first, then you can spoil your taste buds forever.

Notice: The above is only conjecture. Sorry.

Fresh Fish – Whole Trout

The nearby grocery store displays a handful of whole trout on an unpredictable timetable. Because sometimes these Oncorhynchus lie there too long without selling, the grocery store has considering dropping the offering completely.

The problem is that the customers, who are willing to buy it fresh whenever it appears, don’t know exactly when that time is.

How about if one of us, on discovering the new supply, lets the rest of us know?