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  •  I have learned the hard way that the grocery (13+ / 0-)

    stores are packed the first couple days of the month out here in the suburbs of the Bay Area. It almost seems like it has been getting worse lately. I drove to the Antioch/Brentwood Winco today and got into the left turn lane, and realized there was like a dozen cars in front of me. WTF! Oh! It's the 2nd. The place was jammed with families. Thankfully, they were staffed up for it. More checkstands open than I have ever seen. And as I was leaving - there were still a dozen cars in the turn lane to get in. Recovery my ass. People are still hurting. Why else would it be packed to the gills at 4pm on Labor Day? These folks need food and are loading up when the benefits arrive. I imagine they are buying for the entire month with what I see in the carts. Lots of milk, 5doz packs of eggs. At the one little IGA in Rio Vista, they have actually run out of milk at the beginning of the month. So I try to make sure I shop right before the end of the month and try to wait a few days after the 1st. It is sad. We can do better as a country. As somebody's sig says - we're not broke, we're being robbed.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 09:03:11 PM PDT

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