Tuesday, 25 April 2017
As predicted, we had a rainy and windy day. I felt a little restless about it. Views as I paced from window to window:
I pondered how if I got my whole south window replaced, I could take photos out of the non screened side. I find it very hard to spend money on things like this.
Just going out on the front porch to take this photo made my hands cold:
Allan did take a few photos on his way between house and shed:
and at the post office:
Fortunately, I had a big book to read with over 300 pages to go.I finished it by nine o clock, and then watched Deadliest Catch and felt wimpy for not being willing to work in the rain.
I felt blessed that we live in a relatively advertising-free environment. Here at the “lost corner” of Washington State, we have only two chain restaurants (a rather gaudy McD’s and a low key Subway that blends in), and even though two of our three bigger grocery stores are franchises (IGA and, I think a Thriftway), they are still referred to by their old names (Sid’s and Okie’s). While we do have billboards advertising local businesses, all but two extra large ones (between Black Lake and Seaview) are gentle on the eye compared to most billboards, and just advertise local motels and resorts. This makes the Long Beach Peninsula a more restful place to live if, like me, you want to get away from advertising, brand names, and glitz.
Post script for those who are interested: No Logo by Naomi Klein
The book was excellent, even though somewhat outdated (published in 2000).
Some particularly interesting points:
How a certain McD restaurant went after any restaurant with McD in its name:
This reminds me of the local story of how Starbucks went after an Astoria coffee shop named SamBuck’s. The owner’s name was Samantha Bucks! (She had done a logo that was sort of a take off on the SB logo.) Read more about that case here.
A mention of community gardening:
A whole chapter about the Reclaim the Streets movement had this interesting story.
Of course, they lost…
Re child labor, the National Labor Committee, and director Charles Kernaghan:
About how sweatshops and child labor get so much more attention when attached to a brand name (Nike, for example):
More about the Zapatistas (Klein also wrote about them in The Shock Doctrine). I just very much like what Marcos had to say:
Note to those who care: From what I had read recently, some of the Romany people consider “the g-word” to be a racial slur and would prefer that we use the word Romany. If you care about that sort of thing, as I do, here is some beginning reading about it. Google will give you much more. I’d rather err on the side of politeness so have given up “the g word”.
Tomorrow more rain is predicted, and I have a book of light reading lined up for a change.