So what did I see on my bike ride? I saw the poor standing in line at the food bank and eating in the soup kitchens.
|Community Kitchen was crowded this morning|
|Word on the street is that St. David's will feed you|
lunch and give you a shower without doing too much preaching.
|Long line outside of the Saints Pantry Today|
I knew that Lynch Creek Floral was supposed to be the meeting place for the fat cats, but I’ve never been up early enough to witness it before. I could have popped my head in to see if any violations of the open public meetings act were taking place, but I know that our fat cats are smarter than that.
I wondered why the city could not hire the poor to pick up the garbage in the alley. That could keep some people from having to take public assistance or stand in line at the food bank. But I don’t suppose the city cares about the poor, or who collects on STATE unemployment insurance or STATE disability payments. Perhaps our system is too decentralized. Perhaps hick towns and counties should be eliminated and absorbed into the state for the greater good. One thing is for sure, good capitalists love high unemployment rates because high unemployment keeps the wages low and the workers desperate.
|Mark says he will retrieve these later|
In every city in China I saw teams of street sweepers in smart uniforms. These street sweepers were proud of their jobs and happy to let me take their pictures. They were employed and they were keeping the streets clean with their bamboo brooms.
But back in Shelton the unemployed and the exceptional, sit and stand in piles of garbage that no one has been hired to pick up. State disability benefits do not actually pay enough money for people to both eat and pay rent. Would these same people be able to eat if they were hired to pick up litter? We will never know, because here in Shelton picking up litter is a form slave labor reserved for prisoners and law breakers.
The Pho noodle place and the route 66 diner have shut down due to financial problems. The only surprise is that they lasted as long as they did. We ate at the Pho place three times, each time the quality went down and the price went up. The owner promised to start selling bubble tea but he never did. Darn it, that was the best chance we had for getting bubble tea in Shelton. I like Pho, but I’m not going to pay gourmet prices for it, noodles are cheap food for the masses in both America and China.
|Route 66 diner and pho noodle place shuts down|
|Gourmet food store moves into the former home of the scrap booking store and old|
Italian restaurant that served over priced frozen lasagna
|We don't need more beer and wine, we need bubble tea!|
|These bricks have lost their color|
The new Italian place downtown is still open in spite of its high prices and small serving sizes and limited operating hours. We might eat there one more time before they go down. The pizza is a good value, but the rest of it is way out of reach for folks who are trying to feed a family. Perhaps there are enough baby boomers left in Shelton to support it.
Nifty Thrifty is going to move into the senior center on Railroad Avenue, I’m looking forward to that. I miss the dollar store that used to be in what is now a state liquor store next to what used to be the Big E tavern and Ahbadahbing. Maybe nifty thrifty will make a good replacement for the dollar store.
The rock shop has turned into a sports uniform store. I have no idea how viable a business model that is, so I won’t comment. I sure will miss the rock shop though. The rock shop closed due to the owner getting ill, if you recall it was in the same space that used to be occupied by the hobby store. I’m still waiting for the uniform shop take down the old sign for the rock shop so I can take a before and after picture.
No one bought my dream Jeep while I was gone; I'm tempted to buy it, but it seems way too frivolous of a purchase at the moment.
|My dream machine is still for sale for cheap, but I'm not going to buy it in this economy.|
|Slow down, this is what passes for a city around here!|
|Kentucky Fried Chicken has left Shelton, but KFC serves bubble tea|
at American prices, all over Shanghai. This cup of tea was enjoyed
at the Shanghai Pu Dong airport.