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  •  Feeding yourself on little $$ depends more on (8+ / 0-)

    where you live. I am of the Asian-persuasion, and I have lived in some low-income neighborhoods.

    It's much better if you live in Chinatown, Koreatown, or the Tenderloin, where there are Asian groceries, because you aren't limited to the local corner grocer, or if your lucky, there's a Safeway. When I lived in the Western Addition of SF, there was a Safeway, and everything else had few high-priced produce items. Rice and beans in 1# bags at the Safeway, but not much else.

    when I lived in the Tenderloin of SF, one of the first things I bought was a 50# bag of rice and a 25# sack of red beans. (The kind that are boiled in sugar-water as a Japanese side-dish.) Rice is our tortillas, you see...

    "At about this time in California it became the stylish thing for school nurses to visit the classes and to catechize the children on intimate details of their home life. In the first grade, Alfredo was called to the principal’s office, for it was thought that he looked thin.
    The visiting nurse, trained in child psychology, said kindly, "Freddie, do you get enough to eat?"
    "Sure," said Alfredo.
    "Well, now. Tell me what you have for breakfast."
    "Tortillas and beans," said Alfredo.
    The nurse nodded her head dismally to the principal.
    "What do you have when you go home for lunch?"
    "I don’t go home."
    "Don’t you eat at noon?"
    "Sure. I bring some beans wrapped up in a tortilla."
    Actual alarm showed in the nurse’s eyes, but she controlled herself. "At night what do you have to eat?"
    "Tortillas and beans."
    Her psychology deserted her. "Do you mean to stand there and tell me you eat nothing but tortillas and beans?"
    Alfredo was astonished. "Jesus Christ," he said, "what more do you want?"

    Anyway, once you have bulk rice and beans, you only need a little money for bottled sauces, fermented black beans and somewhat tired greens or over-ripe fruit.

    But none of that exists in the Western Addition, or most black neighborhoods I've been in. I know why, that's why I still believe in the Panthers; they were right...

    All evil needs to succeed is for good people to say "the votes aren't there in the Senate."

    by Jacques on Thu May 06, 2010 at 05:47:24 PM PDT

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