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All In A Day's Work / Re: So, uh, who died?
« Last post by miranova on Today at 05:38:45 PM »
Add me to the "I'm sure he was just trying to get his job done" list.  What if he needed the information to process your paycheck?  Would you prefer he guess who died or delay your paycheck?  I don't think he had much choice but to call and ask.

I'm sorry for your loss.
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Tinned tuna
My go to stock would be chicken or vegetable rather than beef, but that's not a real difference
olives
I would have curry powder or cayenne rather than paprika
mayonnaise
tomato puree as well as tinned tomatoes
garlic (dried is better than nothing)
onions
some sort of chutney!
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I joke that I must have some Mormon background (members of that church are encouraged to maintain a 3 year supply of staples on hand as part of a focus on self-reliance/preparedness) because I am happiest with a major stock of canned goods, primarily various tomato products-tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomatoes with chilies, whole tomatoes, etc-and different kinds of beans.  Right now I probably have 30-40 cans of each, arranged by type and expiration date.  Other favorites are canned broth, oatmeal, and peanut butter.  My freezer is also full of meat that I buy in bulk when it's on sale, and I'm currently working on a project to prepare one or two meals a week that I can freeze, for the days i don't want to cook.
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Oh yes and... the point about getting good information from the library/the internet/medical professionals etc.?

That only works if you already know that you don't know something. In order to know that you can learn to cook cheaply without using processed food, you have to know ahead of time that it's possible. If you 'know' that the cheapest way to feed your family is frozen pizza and oven chips, because your own parents fed you that way, because the people around you eat that way, you'll watch Jamie Oliver and the other TV chefs from a position of 'that's cheap food for people who can afford more than I can'. That goes back to the marginal cost thing: you may watch him starting promisingly with a pack of lentils but as soon as he names the third spice you don't have, you're going to assume that you can't do this. One TV chef saying you can won't outweigh the whole of your family and social circle demonstrating every day that you can't. Why would you go to the library to research cheap food when all the evidence you see every day is that the cheap food is processed?
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Life...in general / Re: Don't park in the loading zone!
« Last post by wolfie on Today at 05:31:12 PM »
I would just call the campus police and have them deal with it as they see fit.

Regarding the other posts with the Handicapped access - it's irrelevant. Just because you have a handicapped placard, doesn't give you permission to park in loading only zones. It means you can park in the Handicapped designated areas (something people that don't have the placard can't use). If the Handicapped spaces are not adequate for you - it still doesn't mean you can park wherever you please (thereby inconveniencing someone else), you call the parking office and work it out with them.
I think in some jurisdictions a handicapped tag does allow you to park in loading zones.
Although, that may be the case only in areas where designated handicapped parking is not already available/provided within a particular distance. In my town, you can park in some kinds of roadside loading zones if you have a disabled permit, but you can't in loading zones that are contained within parking lots. Presumably that's because the lots are supposed to have reserved disabled parking (not sure what the case is if the disabled spots are all full).

The loading zones are for loading and unloading materials, not as spill over parking, so I would assume that being allowed to park there is a special case, and not something that would come up often.
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Off topic, but does anyone remember the BBC comedy called Good Neighbors about the couple who quit their corporate jobs and farmed their land, complete with a goat?  I loved that show as a kid!

I love it!  Used to have the theme song as my ringtone.

Yeah, it was great. It was called The Good Life over here, I think maybe it got renamed when it was exported. It hasn't dated, either; it's still as funny now as it was in the 70s. Margot Leadbetter was hilarious, one of the funniest TV characters ever created.
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Life...in general / Re: Don't park in the loading zone!
« Last post by DanaJ on Today at 05:29:00 PM »
I would just call the campus police and have them deal with it as they see fit.

Regarding the other posts with the Handicapped access - it's irrelevant. Just because you have a handicapped placard, doesn't give you permission to park in loading only zones. It means you can park in the Handicapped designated areas (something people that don't have the placard can't use). If the Handicapped spaces are not adequate for you - it still doesn't mean you can park wherever you please (thereby inconveniencing someone else), you call the parking office and work it out with them.
I think in some jurisdictions a handicapped tag does allow you to park in loading zones.
Although, that may be the case only in areas where designated handicapped parking is not already available/provided within a particular distance. In my town, you can park in some kinds of roadside loading zones if you have a disabled permit, but you can't in loading zones that are contained within parking lots. Presumably that's because the lots are supposed to have reserved disabled parking (not sure what the case is if the disabled spots are all full).
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As I read once:  I don't have food, I have ingredients!
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Off topic, but does anyone remember the BBC comedy called Good Neighbors about the couple who quit their corporate jobs and farmed their land, complete with a goat?  I loved that show as a kid!

I love it!  Used to have the theme song as my ringtone.
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In fact, no more of that thing that I think most people who shop for a family know, of looking into the fridge and thinking 'I've just spent 130 in Tesco; why is there nothing here to make a meal?'

Heh, I do that. About once every three weeks I get a delivery from Sainsbury's where I buy all the heavy stuff that I can't manage to get up my steps on my own: cat litter, flour, big packets of loo roll and the like. While I'm on the site I'll do a bit of a weekly shop (might as well, while I'm getting things delivered), so I'll buy salad bits and pieces, some bits for the freezer (Birds eye chicken stuff, wedges, already mentioned: they're a good minimal effort standby for my rubbish days when I can't manage cooking), maybe some things to make a casserole in the slow cooker. It always comes in at about 60, and without fail, I'll get a bit peckish later and look in the fridge and think "But I've got nothing to eat".

It totally perplexes me.
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