Dark Days are Behind Us

Today is the Winter Solstice, or the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Which means that the days start getting longer, and it also means that it’s going to be damn cold for the next three months in the reclaimed swamp of Washington, DC and environs. Remember, Valentine’s Day is halfway out of the ice sheet. Although, it’s completely out of the ice for the damn diamond commercials which start at Thanksgiving every year and run through Valentines Day in complete run-you-down-with-a-HUMVEE pursuit.

Look, all you diamond importers: Yes, I’m single. No, I’m not getting married. Stop selling me on how a highly compressed piece of coal can represent “my love” and go hawk your wares somewhere else. ThankyouverymuchNEXT!.

It’s also the onset of the let down that seems to occur after the holidays. Whether it’s from the expectations being to high, or just the dreariness of no green outside, it’s not exactly a fun time of the year. Generally it results.

This year in particular is interesting. I’m 180 degrees from where I thought I’d be at this time this year. For how many of you has this been just one of those years that flew by insanely quickly, but didn’t turn out in any way how you expected it to? How many of you felt completely out of control of the events of the past year? Not just public/national/international, but also personal?

Is this just getting older? Or is this just giving up?

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  1. WhiskeyPoet says:

    Yeah, this year blew by with unexpected speed and ferocity. I'm just kinda standing and blinking at this point.

  2. chris says:

    Yup. Same. I never felt "on top" of the holidays season, and the year flew by in a blur. Here's to a relaxing 2005? 8|

  3. daniel says:

    Dude. Hear ya.

  4. Goez says:

    Hi Jenny Lens,Thanks for your comments, We enedvaor to give satisfaction to all our customers, so we appreciate you speaking up. Hi Kevination,Those El Rancho Black Bean Chips sound really good, thanks for the tip I haven't had the chance to try those yet. Hi Rebecca,Thank you so much for your comment, we're going to discontinue carrying the Orange Roughy within a week. In fact, we're going to review all the fish we carry. We always try to stay on top of our products to ensure they are all the best and most ethical choices so we appreciate you taking the time to point out where we could be doing better.Hi Sarah, Spooky & Christie,Thanks for your comments, and happy holidays to you!! Hi Donna,Thanks for your comment. We actually just got our parking lot re-striped. We'd love to make the parking lot spaces roomier and angled but unfortunately we are required by the city to have a certain number of parking spots and we can't reach that number any other way. Hi A. Greenberg,Thanks for you comments, I'll be sure to let the produce, dairy and deli managers know!

  5. Harry says:

    I was not the only customer who felt the pcroude was over-watered. HE told ME that customers tell him vitamins and minerals are washed away with water.That's what I've said to your employees for years. Some literally water it like a yard in summer, talking to customers and not paying attention.He told me to say something. I said I've talked to employees, emailed, left notes til I realized NO ONE WILL DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.Water should never be dripping off greens. I've set them in my cart and they are still wet when I check out, nearly an hour later.I wonder if the pcroude personnel actually ever eat a salad or use fresh veggies in any capacity?I told him I buy most of my pcroude at the farmer's markets where the pcroude is out in the fresh air for HOURS and NEVER SPRAYED with WATER.Farmer's market pcroude lasts for many days longer than the Co-Op's. I am single, money always tight, and I see no reason why the Co-Op, like other stores, insist on drenching greens!Have you looked at green onions, spinach, beet greens? I won't buy green onions at the Co-Op cos they should last a week, but usually many of the green part are already wilting.I had to put ALL my greens in various colanders for over an hour at home. I had to wipe my beets with paper towels and set out to dry too. I can't get as much organic pcroude at my local farmer's market. So once a week I venture to the Co-Op. I make juices and rather use organic. I just don't know what to do. I want to support the Co-Op, but what about helping those of us who really want fresh organic veggies to last longer, but can't because your employees insist on over-watering.So sad, but think how many other customers buy at the outdoor farmer's markets instead of the Co-Op? You are losing money.Do you care? I do . . .

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