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  •  Buy local, grow your own if you can..... (5+ / 0-)

    ...all for it. In San Diego County? Try Be Wise Ranch. Their stuff is organic and tastes great because it is so very fresh, because it's local.

    By the way, uh, "hippies". You know that was a Right Wing put down, really. Sort of adopted to a certain extent by those that were being characterized, but what you are really taking about is anti-corporate free-thinkers in the sixties.

    Death to "hippies" (or at least the phrase).

    "I am my brother's keeper. I am a Democrat." -- That's your slogan, Democrats.

    by Bensdad on Fri Sep 14, 2007 at 08:35:16 PM PDT

    •  Hippie Etymology (7+ / 0-)

      "Hippie" was a neologism coined by San Francisco columnist Herb Caen.  It was based on the term "hip," to know.  It referred to the post-Beat youth movement and was indeed used as a pejorative and marketing term during those long-gone days of the Sixties™.  

      It's probably futile to try to kill it now.  The Republican "straights" have been bashing us with the term for forty years now.  We might as well claim it back and use it for our own purposes, as in Dirty F*ck*ng Hippies of teh Interwebs.  Me, I am proudly a solar hippie.

      Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at

      by gmoke on Fri Sep 14, 2007 at 08:48:39 PM PDT

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    •  Here in Santa Monica (1+ / 0-)
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      we have lot of farmer's markets, but I have to say I'm always shocked at how expensive they are.  They're really not cheaper at all, at least for most things.  The stuff is great, however, and I love going to them.  

      I do wish they were less expensive, but then again I wish everything around here was less expensive.  This place has gotten out of control as far as cost.  

      •  When I lived in Los Angeles (0+ / 0-)

        I grew some very nice tomatoes in a half barrel on my balcony.  

        Now I live in Wisconsin, and grow tomatoes by the bushel!  Wisconsin is a great place for gardening, but you've got a really nice climate for growing things in California.

        Universal Health Care - it's coming, but not soon enough!

        by DrFood on Sat Sep 15, 2007 at 09:02:31 PM PDT

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    •  Free the hippie (3+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, Bensdad, bablhous

      Hippy and proud! lol

    •  We called it being "counterculture" (0+ / 0-)

      Hippies was what was laid upon them.

      There were also the "back-to-landers" that were all about living off the land. Not to be confused with the "survivalists" who were right wingers with guns that were afraid of the government and thought the end of civilization was nigh, so everyone should be prepared to survive on their own.

      Interestingly enough, the older people that lived as small farmers often liked the back to landers, because they would ask all kinds of questions and really wanted to learn everything the older small farmers knew about gardening and farming without chemicals. Before the World Wars, everyone did that.

      "A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." Douglas Adams

      by splashy on Sun Sep 16, 2007 at 01:05:06 AM PDT

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