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Just when you thought life couldn’t get any more complicated…

In Adventures on July 31, 2009 at 12:51 am

…it does.

“In the hierarchy of jobs in poor countries, sweltering at a sewing machine isn’t the bottom.”

That’s the central premise behind a recent New York Times Op-Ed piece about the benefits of sweatshops.

In Phnom Penh, the poorest of the poor dream about working in factories that most Americans would be appalled by. Read the rest of this entry »

“This is worth nine minutes of your life, if only for the babes.”

In Adventures on July 29, 2009 at 12:35 am

That’s what a reader (who shall remain nameless in order to protect his identity) said to me in the email that contained this link:

He (or She?) was right.

The problem with a video like this is that it gives a guy like me heart palpitations. I don’t want to feel like my adventure is just a big waste of time. Read the rest of this entry »

Just got my green toys.

In Adventures on July 27, 2009 at 12:30 am

I just got my green toys. Or Green Toys, I guess I should say. They’re great!

Nothing about this purchase feels cheap or chintzy or recycled. You wouldn’t know they were made from “100% curb collected recycled milk jugs” if the package didn’t tout it.

These things are straight up cool, and any kid would be glad to get them. Any kid I’d want to know, that is. Read the rest of this entry »

Wood. Trim. Sex.

In Adventures on July 25, 2009 at 12:49 am

No sex, really. But I thought about the vague double entendres in “wood” and “trim” and then figured the addition of “sex” may get this post to return higher in search results.

I went to the Depot recently in search of about two feet of half-inch thick, one-inch tall wood trim (molding? quarter-round? whatever.) to repair the bannister at the top of my stairs. I brought a sample to approximate, and nothing was remotely close. So then it became a mission of finding a new version that would work. Read the rest of this entry »

Guerilla Glue

In Adventures on July 23, 2009 at 12:33 am

That would be cool. Guerilla Glue, for covertly and permanently affixing anti-establishment propaganda to places it shouldn’t be. But until that stuff’s invented, I suppose we’ll have to settle for Gorilla Glue.

End of dumb joke. Maybe.

Reader Dan (one of three known reader’s named Dan, making “Dan” by far the most popular reader name) recently sent me a story about Gorilla Glue (in which the company’s astute marketing department seized an opportunity from the news to get some good, and humorous, attention) with the note that the stuff is in fact MITUSA. Read the rest of this entry »

Green Toys

In Adventures on July 21, 2009 at 12:09 am

I will probably buy some Green Toys. I’m belated on a couple of kids’ gifts, and I’m thinking this might be just the ticket. They’re cool kids, and these things are officially cool. See?

Reader #6 sent me the info. He wrote that review I just linked to, too. (In fact, he edits that blog. You should read it as well. Seriously. But only as long as it doesn’t take away from your MITUSA time.) And he is, obviously, a big fan of the Green Toys. Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »

My dogs ate my dryer vent.

In Adventures on July 19, 2009 at 12:23 am

Long story short, the whole expandable aluminum thingamajig that gets the hot dryer air out into the hot summer air was disintegrated into a spiral of disjointed puppy angst. So I had to buy a new one.

I walked in to the Depot (it’s the closest, and that’s got its appeal) bent on buying whatever they gave me. After all, you can’t dry without this vent. (Did I mention I had a load of towels in the washer?) Turns out that the single option in the appliance department was in fact stamped Made In The USA. Read the rest of this entry »

What I’m Learning

In Adventures on July 17, 2009 at 12:11 am

I forgot to mention earlier this month that it is now in fact actually halftime. I’ve been buying American for 2009, and it’s so far so good.

I’m settled into a groove/rut and not terribly stressed about what I buy. It’s essentially become ingrained in me. Here’s what I’ve learned so far, and at this point what I expect will happen next year when I’m no longer forcing myself to abide by this arbitrary rule. Read the rest of this entry »

I bought a shirt.

In Adventures on July 15, 2009 at 12:07 am

Several, actually.

But don’t worry, they’re MITUSA-certified. They’re vintage. From eBay.

So yes, I’m killing the planet with fossil fuels used to deliver my new old clothes halfway across the country to my door. But I was DESPERATE! Read the rest of this entry »

I need to buy a shirt.

In Adventures on July 13, 2009 at 12:02 am

Oh. My. God. I am so sick of wearing these clothes. I never thought I’d miss a crisp, clean new shirt. But I do. I feel like I look like it’s last year. Or five years ago. Or some other time when I got all these clothes.

I look like a slob. More like a slob than usual, I mean.

It’s not like I want to go on a buying binge, but… Man! I want to go on a buying binge. Read the rest of this entry »

Wilco (The Vinyl)

In Adventures on July 11, 2009 at 12:57 am

Wilco asked those of us who enjoyed downloading the band’s new album for a couple of months prior to its release to pitch in and please actually buy the thing. So I did. Of course, I decided it would be more fun to buy the album on vinyl. (BTW, it is.) A visit to vintage vinyl provided me with the big, beautiful thing at $20–including a CD copy of the very same record. Read the rest of this entry »

An adventurous non-buying idea.

In Adventures on July 9, 2009 at 12:51 am

I’m kicking around some ideas to spice up this MITUSA adventure. I’m not buying much, and the stuff I do buy I’m in a groove of getting American-made, so I’m no longer so much doing and experiment as I am just living a different lifestyle. (A lifestyle without new shirts, which is really getting annoying.) Because of that, the reading is getting a bit boring. The adventure isn’t so… adventurous. Read the rest of this entry »

Long time no post.

In Adventures on July 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm

We’ve just gone five days without a post. That’s my longest hiatus this year. Many apologies, dear reader.

Here’s the thing: I’m in this groove of not buying stuff, and so there’s not a lot to write about. Also because of that I’m not making so many MITUSA-awe-inspiring discoveries on such a regular basis. I don’t want to force it.

Anyway, I’m toying with some ideas to spice up the adventure. I’ll keep you posted.


I got new gutters.

In Adventures on July 2, 2009 at 12:13 am

What an exciting blog title. Yippee. You got new gutters. I’m so glad I’m reading this.

But wait, there’s drama!

Not really. Here’s the deal: I hired a guy to come give me an estimate for repairing and/or covering my old gutters. He gave me a good price on replacing the old gutters with new seamless aluminum covered gutters. So I did it. Read the rest of this entry »

2Jane is having a MITUSA sale!

In Adventures on July 1, 2009 at 1:00 am

Well, they didn’t call it a MITUSA sale. They probably don’t read this blog, nor do they understand the mind-numbing importance of it all. BUT… they’re having a sale. Or so my email informs me.

Though this page doesn’t say it, the email I received sure does. Read the rest of this entry »