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Jobs, Chinese and Otherwise

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” –Dante Alighieri, Inferno I’m eating semi-sweet chocolate mini chips right out of the bag. Bought at my American-owned neighborhood market. Manufactured by Ghirardelli Chocolate, San Leandro, California in the good ol’ USA. Thanks, Ghirardelli. The cacaoContinue Reading “Jobs, Chinese and Otherwise”

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Sagen es ist nicht so, Traeder Joe’s [Say It Ain’t So, Trader Joe’s]

This is getting complicated. Please, please don’t tell me I can’t shop at Trader Joe’s without breaking my Buy-American resolution. I shop at Trader Joe’s almost daily. It’s such a cool place. Not a bazillion aisles, just the right number. Not a bazillion of the same product, just one or maybe two. You can run inContinue Reading “Sagen es ist nicht so, Traeder Joe’s [Say It Ain’t So, Trader Joe’s]”

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Oh, Say Can You See…Where Stuff Comes From?

Don–the normally calm one–is on a tirade. Once he gets going, I stand back and let him vent. We had just finished eating dinner. We couldn’t have the shrimp sauté Don wanted because Trader Joe’s only sells frozen shrimp from Mexico and Thailand. Instead, I grabbed some TJ’s frozen teriyaki chicken. I stood there inContinue Reading “Oh, Say Can You See…Where Stuff Comes From?”

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Oops I {Bought Made In China} Again

“If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.”                                                                         –M.H. Alderson Turns out Dunkin’ Donuts, a Massachusetts-based company, doesn’t have franchises near Michelle’s college apartment or anywhere else in northern California. According to its website, Dunkin’ Donuts is the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world, “serving 52 varieties of donutsContinue Reading “Oops I {Bought Made In China} Again”