I was just wondering about this because I realize that, while I keep fairly busy, I repeat myself a fair bit, and really, how often do people want to read about dumpster diving or pick-up soccer. Or as this weekend had it, lack of pick-up soccer. Only 3 other people showed up to the snowy, permafrosted field on Sunday (first snowfall!). The rest of the members... wusses. We passed the ball around a bit and then played soccer-ball four square before giving up and going for hot chocolate and lattes at a nearby cafe.
The thing is, I already am trying to start another gimmicky blog called "Bachelor on a Budget" just to keep track of all the cool cheap/free activities and deals I find that make poor, single life bearable in the city. So having another themed blog would be kinda redundant. Though really, having two blogs period is redundant anyway. Like, where do I write about the live karaoke I did last Thursday - here or on BudgetBachelor? Do I copy the post? Meh... I'm having Internet angst from 2002.
What I should really start doing is just start Vlogging all this so I can appease my 2 fans on YouTube with more consistent video uploads. And then promptly lose them when they realize how incredibly boring I am.
Speaking of dumpster diving, I went on another outing with the Freegan.info crowd and got a nice little haul. There were tons of perfectly good food leftover from last week's Thanksgiving overstocking being tossed out, in clean, clear garbage bags. It's really no different from just tossing them in a regular shopping bag. Check out the haul.
Towards the end I was interviewed by MTV3 from Germany or Sweden or something. One thing they asked was how I respond to the stigma of eating "dirty" rescued food. I said that anyone who's ever worked in a New York City restaurant knows that there's no such thing as "clean" food.
I don't necessarily agree with the politics of the Freegan group - I don't think capitalism is evil. It just needs very rigid social controls, and that's where we run into problems. (And by problems, I mean Republicans and Libertarians. Put down the Ayn Rand, kids, it's FICTION - corporations aren't PEOPLE.)
But the Freegans' point regarding the wastefulness of our consumer-driven society? Dead-on. We definitely need to improve the efficiency of our food chain and distribution. No one should be starving here. It's ridiculous - the local food banks are reporting a horrible year, having to dip into their emergency funds, and LOOK at all this stuff that's getting tossed. Madness.
Here's a quick recap of what just I pulled - meaning there was at least 10 times as much stuff, not to mention what we had to leave behind. And this is what is thrown out every night. From just two grocery stores and one bagel shop.
- 4 1-lb bags of new potatoes
- 3 bottles Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt drink
- 5 boxes of Weight Watchers Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans
- 3 Bell Peppers
- 1 Bunch of mint
- 1 3-lb bag of Soup Greens (turnips, dill, carrots, onions, parsley, radish)
- 1 dozen organic eggs
- 3 8-oz tubs of triple-creme cream cheese ($8 each)
- 1 8-oz tub of Philadelphia cream cheese
- 1 pre-wrapped ham and provolone sandwich, sealed.
- 1 box blueberry muffin tops
- 2 rolls of blueberry muffin dough
- 1 1lb package of string cheese
- 1-lb of mushrooms
- 2 summer squash
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 package deli sliced turkey
- 1 loaf artisan bread
- Half dozen bagels
- 3 bananas
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Vegetable Stew
- Triple-Creme Blueberry Cheese Cake
- Banana Nut Bread
- Lunches for the week