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I am man. I make fire. Fire good.

In Adventures on September 30, 2009 at 12:36 am

1. I like to think of myself as a relatively handy guy. I can swing a hammer and wield a paint brush without causing too much destruction. But one thing I’ve never felt comfortable around is the internal combustion engine.

2. Knowing how to fix stuff is helpful in the quest for not buying excess new stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

Buying Recycled Computers

In Adventures on September 28, 2009 at 12:49 am

I recently did a shoot for the Small Business Monthly at an electronics retailer called EPC. EPC (Executive Personal Computers) is a huge buyer, reseller and recycler of used computers and electronics. The headquarters, a former Target store, has a retail space for Joe Public to shop for refurbed computers, printers, monitors, peripherals and anything computer related–all of it pre-owned. Behind the retail space is 60-s0me-thousand square feet of space Read the rest of this entry »

Scream To Be Green

In Adventures on September 26, 2009 at 12:42 am

Whaddayaknow. My sophomore year roommate also has a blog. It’s called Scream To Be Green. It’s about one of those important modern lifestyle changes–that of being green. More important, it’s about talking about ways that we can make little changes that make a big difference. I can get behind that. Way to go, Waldo.


Capitalism: A Love Story

In Adventures on September 24, 2009 at 12:31 am

Clearly you know about this by now. It’s been all over everywhere. But just in case you’ve been living under a rock… Here’s a link to information about a movie about the system that makes our society, and my blog, go round. Capitalism: A Love Story. By Michael Moore. (Oh no! An artist with a point of view! That must really invalidate everything he does or says, or at least make it somehow less true!)


One more thing about the coffee comments…

In Adventures on September 22, 2009 at 12:37 am

Okay, so I promise after this I’ll let the coffee comments (see previous couple of posts) go.

Yesterday I listed some common comments that I found on a blog from someone trying to find an American-made coffee maker. I listed those comments. Now I want to address them.

I just think it’s *better* for the US economy if we would buy more “Made in US”.
It sure seems like it would be. It only makes sense. Except, it may not actually be any better that we make our own stuff (economy-wise, I mean). Read the rest of this entry »

From coffee makers to MITUSA lovers/haters

In Adventures on September 20, 2009 at 12:55 am

Remember that site I linked to the other day? And remember the great comment I pulled out for your benefit? (If you don’t, it was here, and this: “Being careful about what you buy is always a good idea, including when it was made in your own country.”)

The comments from that page illustrate many of the passionate arguments one can make, with others or with oneself, when considering the purposes and effects of buying things that are MITUSA compared to buying things that are not. Here are some of my favorite comments: Read the rest of this entry »

I guess I need a new coffee pot.

In Adventures on September 18, 2009 at 12:31 am

If you read my last post, which I’m sure you did, you know that my favoritest coffee pot is two things: An awesome heaterless design, and a fire hazard in waiting. Since it’s been recalled, I will no longer use it. In fact, after writing my last post, I unplugged it just to be safe. (How ridiculous is that, right? It’s been fine for years. Now I know that its recalled and I won’t even leave it plugged in.) Read the rest of this entry »

My Kitchen Stuff: From Whence It Came

In Adventures on September 16, 2009 at 12:33 am

The wedding registry work got me to thinking about the things that currently inhabit my kitchen. Out of curiosity, I looked around at the things I purchased for the kitchen long before I worried about origins. Some of it ain’t so bad.

George Foreman Grill. One of the best unwanted gifts I’ve ever received. I opened it and thought, “What the hell am I going to do with this?” Read the rest of this entry »

Wedding Registry

In Adventures on September 14, 2009 at 12:25 am

Shelley and I started wedding shopping. Sorry if this is a crass thing to write about. But it pertains.

Here’s the thing: I’m not buying. I’m picking out. And it’s my wedding. And housewares just ain’t MITUSA. So I’ve made the executive decision to not freak out about it and get all MITUSA-OCD. Besides, the wedding’s not ’til next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Local Soda

In Adventures on September 12, 2009 at 12:10 am

A few years ago I learned about a local soda pop. It’s famous in Clinton County, Illinois–only a few short miles east of my hometown, but far enough away that I’d made it 30-plus years on this planet without ever hearing about it. Next thing you know, I’m seeing the stuff everywhere. In Clinton County, soda machines always have Ski. It’s a thing there. Really. Like Coke or Pepsi, but Ski. Read the rest of this entry »

Did you know the Whole Foods guy is apparently a jerk?

In Adventures on September 10, 2009 at 12:39 am

I didn’t.

But it sort of explains the prices.

The CEO whose name I don’t feel like writing as my own minor means of protest recently wrote an anti-health-care-reform Op-Ed in the Journal. Read the rest of this entry »

Conspicuous Consumption

In Adventures on September 8, 2009 at 12:30 am

That’s the opposite of what this is. Conspicuous consumption. I’m trying to be as inconspicuous as possible.

That’s why I blog about it.

Okay, so maybe I am not being so inconspicuous, but were someone to not buy all the crap I’m not buying and not blog about it all the time, they would be very inconspicuous in the eyes of consumption karma. Read the rest of this entry »


In Adventures on September 6, 2009 at 12:18 am

If you’re 6-feet-4-inches tall, and you weigh ___ (a lot), you don’t have very many opportunities to inherit hand-me-down clothes. It doesn’t help that I’m an only child, either.

Usually if I wear someone else’s clothes it’s because I purchased them from a thrift store, but I was recently the beneficiary of previously-loved clothing from a departed family member. Read the rest of this entry »

Best. Birthday Present. Ever.

In Adventures on September 5, 2009 at 8:35 am

I’m trembling with excitement as I write this. I got a new record player. Well, new to me anyway. It’s the deluxe DJ-friendly (or so I hear) Technics SL1200 MK2. It weighs a ton, which makes me feel like it’s really well made. Well made in Japan, according to the undercarriage. But it was purchased via eBay, used, already a naturalized citizen, so it’s exempt in my book. Plus, it was a gift from Dr. Shelley, so I’m not complaining even if it was brand new straight from Japan.


I scream make her.

In Adventures on September 4, 2009 at 12:13 am

Sound it out: I scream make her.

I got an early present.

It ain’t MITUSA. But I love it. It’s from Cuisinart. It turns liquids into tasty frozen solids. I made two batches within 48 hours.

It’s an ice cream maker, and it’s my new best friend.



In Adventures on September 2, 2009 at 12:06 am

I didn’t know this was a thing: Sneakerheads pay big bucks for rare kicks.

I like shoes as much as the next guy, but something about this seems excessive. Not really MITUSA-friendly, if you ask me. There’s something about hoarding stuff, much less hoarding brand new, really expensive sneakers that comes across as distasteful. Like driving a Hummer or building a McMansion.

You can buy shoes. Buy lots of shoes even. But maybe stop before you need to rent a separate apartment for your shoes. And maybe go see a play or something.