There’s a dollar store across the street from my apartment building. It carries all kinds of things: bedding, cooking utensils, hair products, bathroom products, shower shoes, office supplies, shaving products and snacks and soda pop and food and dairy products. Everything is not a dollar but most things are cheaper than any other place. One of the first things I do when I get my two pension checks every month is to buy some of my food supplies at this dollar store. (I buy the rest of my food supplies at the supermarket in Little Italy and my social security check is for things like the rent, the electric bill, the phone bill, my student loans—yes my student loans—and stuff like that.)
Now the name of this dollar store is Dollar General and there are enough items that do cost a dollar or a little more than a dollar that really helps me stretch the money I get from my two modest pensions and my modest social security, especially when it comes to food.
For instance: I like to fry things like chicken (which I buy from the supermarket in Little Italy and I don’t actually fry the chicken I cook it in my crock pot but then I like to brown it on top of the stove in cooking oil); and I like to fry healthy. Well, this dollar store has small bottles of extra virgin olive oil for one dollar; or if the bottle of olive oil is too small for you, you can get a much larger bottle of corn oil for two dollars. I always buy several 12-fluid ounce cans of evaporated milk (vitamin D added) to make my own milk which is cheaper than buying milk (I eat a lot of raisin bran which is full of vitamins). A 15-ounce can of mackerel in brine only cost a dollar and fifty cents. Then there are hefty 27-ounce cans of Glory Greens (which are delicious and you just heat them up) for two dollars. A five pack of Ramen Noodles is only a dollar. Cheese is cheap. The store has cheap (and more pricey) hot dogs and all kinds of other sausages.
You know you can’t beat that with a stick!
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Hail to Pitt!
It was another sunny, warm (high around 80) day in the City of Champions today. I got in a nice walk down to the main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and I walked through Schenley Plaza and through the Pitt campus and back to North Oakland where I live. Even with all the shit going on in the world I tried to live in the moment, taking in the pedestrians and the vehicular traffic and the architecture of the Cathedral of Learning and all the other surrounding structures and the green of the grass and the shrubs and the trees with everything bright and sharp in the glare of the sun.
When I do get my Internet connection back in my apartment (I should have it up and running by Saturday) I’m going to try without fail to publish at least four blog posts of at least 500 words a week (one post will contain a Naked News video). My page views have fallen to an average of 660 pages views a day for the first time in over six months. And I’ll only keep the ten most recent Naked News videos stuck to the front page. Below the Naked News videos will be ten of the most recently published blog posts. There will be nothing from the archives.
But hey! There are now some 2,300 posts in the archives and I encourage all visitors to this site to scan the sidebar and check out the archives. You’re sure to find something that will entertain you, inform you or maybe even inspire you.