Grocery Day

Left at quarter past five, found out the Wal-Mart is not in fact open 24/7. Fortunately it opens at six. So I took a walk around to the other end of this big shopping center where there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts. Judging from its early clientele the franchise is headed for the dumpster of history, because I fit right in: A whole bunch of elderly people with nothing better to do before six in the frickin’ ayem than meet at the Dunkin’ fergodsake Donuts joint. And for once I didn’t need to act like anything other than what I am. Yup, I’m old.


Got back about quarter to seven. The trip out is slightly net uphill, plus this morning there was a bit of an outbound headwind so happily coming back is the easy part. This is why I was obsessing a couple of weeks ago over where the hell I hid my backpack. Poor thing’s filthy: I wonder if there are online instructions for cleaning one?

Somebody, I think Coloradohermit, asked about how the bread came out…

Pretty darned good, really. I noted that the texture and crumb were “weird,” and was interested myself in finding out whether weird meant worse. Actually I believe the reduction in altitude solved some longstanding complaints. Love the way it rose, I usually get a noticeable difference in density between the top and bottom of the loaf because it normally doesn’t rise evenly. It has a very pleasant texture – it actually formed a crust, which I’d given up wishing for. Tastes about the same, of course.

And now that the groceries are put away and I’m done dinking around, I’m going to have my hot shower. Hot shower! I’m going to miss them. Think I’m gonna start bugging Ian about fixing the one in the Cave.

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15 Responses to Grocery Day

  1. Anonymous says:

    Those cheap solar showers work great. Can I send you one?

  2. Joel says:

    I’m giving it a lot more serious thought. I imagine it as an annoying trickle of water, but that might just be prejudice; it’s certainly an ignorant opinion.

  3. Glad to hear that the bread turned out well. Even after 28 years at 8500′, it can still sometimes surprise me what altitude can do to a recipe.

  4. Winston Smith says:

    Save up your nickels and get one of those propane powered On Demand heaters. Then save up for more propane tanks!

  5. Mike says:

    Anonymous had a good point Joel about a simple solar shower and that got me looking around for options. One option I stumbled upon is for a portable outdoor tankless water heater. Of course there are other considerations like installing a shower, but with a little planning I’m sure these issues could be solved.

  6. Tennessee Budd says:

    Here in the East, the old farts congregate at Hardee’s (same chain that is Carl’s Jr. out West–don’t know if they, too, have the wrinkly infestation). I stop in occasionally for breakfast on the weekend; I have to get there before 0800 if I want a place to sit.

  7. Joel says:

    I do confess that I never saw an outdoor tankless heater before, so I could be wrong. But I maintain that our well water can probably kill one within a season.

  8. John H Brooks says:

    Friend of mine said growing up in Florida there was a black truck tire inner tube on a roof of a outdoor shower stall. After a hard day at agriculture, the adult males would take sun heated pressurized showers and the water would be hot enough to burn them if not careful. Of course, the lazy non-income producing kids had to group bath in the river and they bugged their parents to pay extra for Ivory soap because it floated when dropped.When time were tough the home-brew soap sank but fortunately some smart dad invented ‘soap on a rope” with a locating bobber. YMMV as this is a “Florida Man” story

  9. Ben says:

    The real “old time “ Florida hot water heater was simply a tar-covered tank sitting on the roof exposed to the sun. Being square, I doubt if they were pressurized, so they probably used something like a toilet tank float valve to control the water level.

  10. Ruth says:

    I have actually used those solar shower things. While they don’t have near the water pressure of a “proper” shower they aren’t bad for bathing in. Something like a decent sized tank of water painted black would have the potential for even better pressure. Though then the question is being sure your system can fill it when you want it too. The solar heated water bags of the solar shower is at least portable.

  11. Ruth says:

    Here, basic instructions on building your own. And something like this would be easy to double in size too, if you wanted, which would help with water pressure.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Adventure Van Man on Youtube had a similar solar shower set up on top of his last van. He bragged on how wonderfully it worked! Seems pretty easy and a doable option to buying an outdoor hot water heater.

  13. Kentucky says:

    The plastic pipe car-top water heater apparently costs perhaps $100, requires considerable shopping and fabrication time, requires a source of compressed air,and holds five usable gallons.

    The baggie approach costs ten bucks or so, requires no fabrication, and holds five gallons.

    I know what I’d try first. 😉

  14. Leigh Ratcliffe says:

    Getting up at 05.00 and knowing exactly where a good cup of coffee & a decent donut or three can be had isn’t age, it’s experience.

  15. Leigh Ratcliffe says:

    P.S. Stop bitching about being old. It’s proof your enemies weren’t as good as they thought they were!

To the stake with the heretic!